Welcome to What We Learned, where we slow down to reflect on the past season. I’m joining the link up with others who are also sharing what they learned over on EmilyPFreeman.com
I keep a list of what I’ve been learning in my journal, jotting down thoughts as they come to mind throughout the weeks. By doing this little exercise, I learn more about me, about God, and about life. It’s a good habit to get into.
What I learned in the months of September, October and November included a hurricane, guns, writing and an old dog.
I wasn’t in her path, but some friends and family were. I admit I was scared for them. She was brutal. I’m sad for the devastation and loss of life she caused. Irma taught me to pray hard. And I believe our prayers were heard and answered. Thank you Lord.
By taking a class on everything guns, I learned I was not afraid of them. Joining with friends, we participated in Women on Target in Columbus, Ohio. It was a great experience to shoot a variety of guns. I especially liked the one with a scope, giving me a bull’s eye shot.
In October I attended my first writing conference. Here’s the post I wrote of my experience at The Declare Conference
Almost two months later, I’m still digesting all that I learned, not only about writing and blogging, but also, more importantly, about surrender and obedience to my Father God. He continues to softly remind me to surrender this writing and just be obedient to His words to me. I’m learning to trust Him and thankful He is patient with me.
An old Dog
I bet many of you thought this was about my husband, didn’t you? Ha! That is a post for another time. My old dog, Lady, is 14. Most days she thinks she is a puppy, with bouncing energy and playfulness in her old bones. But the week before Thanksgiving we seemed to have a different dog. She was collapsing, swaying her head back and forth and was very weak. The diagnosis was Vestibular disease, or another name is Old Dog disease. I’m happy to say she recovered completely in about a week. Through this episode I learned, or rather was reminded, that life can change in an instant, as this came on all of a sudden.
Facebook missed me
Several days during the Thanksgiving holiday I took a break from most of social media. I learned that it’s ok to not go on Facebook. I didn’t suffer anxiety from not being in the loop. In fact, I learned that taking a break from all the voices, allowed me to hear the main voice more, God’s voice. And hearing His voice is a desire that grows stronger in me more and more. I had emails from Facebook asking me “if I saw this post from…..” or “so and so commented on this post”, yet it didn’t entice me to log in. And that was a lesson learned that I hope to practice more often.
Lately, my favorite social media is Instagram. I love the images and photos! You can find me at Instagram.com/barbara_repan
What did you learn this Fall? I love hearing from friends! Surprise me by leaving a comment or sending an email.