Category Archives: Inspirational

Lone Survivor: One Day at a Time

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What a difference a day can make—or a couple of days. Just check out the picture on my post from a few days ago, and this one from yesterday. Snow and ice and temperatures in the teens one day and then a walk by the lake in balmy spring-like weather the next.

 

When I’m stuck in the midst of winter and ice storms—metaphorical or real—it’s hard for me not to get bogged down and feel like they’ll go on forever.

 

Which makes me think of something I came across in one of the books I’m currently reading, Lone Survivor.  (Apparently instead of really in-depth movie and book reviews, I’m going to do reports of, “This struck me while reading…” Or watching, or whatever. That seems to be the trend in my posts lately.)

 

Anyway, I’m reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, the book on which the current movie is based. It’s the true story, written by Navy SEAL Luttrell, of a mission in Afghanistan that only he survives.

 

According to my Kindle, I’ve read  about 38% of the book and we’re just starting the fateful mission in Afghanistan. Luttrell first gives a lot of detailed information about his SEAL training—enough to make me wonder how anyone survives it. Or how anyone is dedicated and driven enough to want to survive it. The majority of his class didn’t make it through—and that’s true of every group of candidates.

 

And that’s where I got stuck on one particular gem of wisdom. One of the SEALS’ trainers warned that the ones who quit had often started thinking about all the days of training that lay ahead of them. Instead of just focusing on the task at hand, they would worry about what was coming, how much worse it would get, what would happen in the days ahead.
Luttrell, who stuck it out to become a full-fledged SEAL, heeded the warning and tried to always focus on making it through the next moment, the task at hand. He tried not to allow himself to think any further ahead. And somehow, he always found the strength to make it through one more moment, one more step, one more stroke.

 

I need to heed that warning in the ice storms—and all the other times when I look so far ahead at all the burdens to come that I want to quit.  Even better, I need to listen to Jesus when He says to take no thought of tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. (Matthew 6:34 NIV) If He gives me that assurance I should certainly have confidence.

 

 

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Snowed-in: Cozy or Creepy?

2014-01-29 12.52.49A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Snow is Creepy.”  My husband was out of the country and we had one of those rare Georgia snows that traps us all in our houses and brings everything to a halt, and it made me a little nervous. One of my frequent commenters laughed at me and said I had a vivid imagination, but as I pointed out, I’ve read horror novels that start that way. Anyone ever read The Shining? (Granted, we probably had a half-inch accumulation, but still. It’s Georgia.)

Starting three or four days ago, we started having such dire warnings of the coming snow and ice storm that everyone started calling it Snowmageddon. I, naturally, immediately started stressing. What if I get stuck at work? Or on the road? What if my elderly mother needs me? She and my sister are across town, out in the country. What if their electricity and water goes out and they need help and I can’t get to them? I’m the one who usually keeps Pete the Pit in my house when it’s cold, but what if the icy roads mean I can’t take him back and forth?

And so on, and so on.

God must be shaking his head at me. So far, what he has given me is a day and a half of snow days, with my electricity still on. Yay! He’s given me the time to work on my book marketing–and relax and destress a little–just like I’ve been praying for. He even gave me the lovely little gift of having the rest of Season 4 of Downton Abbey being released on Amazon Instant Video on this exact day! And did I mention the electricity is still on so I can watch it?

So far, Mom and Sis and Pete the Pit are okay, too. I think he was out early playing in the snow this morning.

Sometimes I wish I could manage to relax and trust BEFORE the snowstorm, instead of after.

I’m sure God would like that better, too.

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