Shannon here: A different kind of post today. When I sent my reminder e-mail out to my authors for this month, I learned that Linda Rondeau if battling cancer. With her permission, I copied a recent post from her blog. All comments for this post will go in a drawing for a copy of Linda’s book, The Other Side of Darkness. I’m asking readers to pray for Linda and leave her an encouraging comment. Deadline for giveaway: Nov 3rd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Linda:
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And unto man he said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28 KJV).
Been a wild ride since my last posting. But then there’s nothing new in life being a wild ride for me. I figure that I don’t know what normal is. I think in truth normal is what we have become accustomed to as life happens. But then that normal is redefined, ever changing and ever expanding.
October 9 found me sick again and I went into the hospital on the tenth. No Bible. No computer. No inside info except me and God. And that is enough sometimes. More than enough. He always fills in the blank spaces.
It occurred to me that I had sinned. What? Yes.
When the doctor gave me a list of things that might possibly go wrong, I started cherry picking with God. Oh…please not that, God. I can endure some of these things, even losing my hair, but some of these others are so disgusting and well….very unromantic.
Cancer is not romantic illness at all.
I guess God decided he wanted me to feel more of some of the others who experience these symptoms. So far I’m had vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, infection, mouth sores. Then this morning I wrote. But “I’m not losing my hair.”
Until I took my shower and was confronted with the fact that even this will not escape me.
But it’s still good. I know that the next cocktail will contain helpers so I don’t go through so much of this again. And after the doctor visit on Tuesday, I go get a wig.
Today I read Job 28.
In the throes of his discord and doubts, Job knew that Wisdom begins in seeking God.
And so I shall continue to seek Him, to thank Him, and to beg forgiveness for my selfishness.
Today I am up, able to nourishment, concentrate a little better, but will still have to wait to leap buildings in a single bound.
Today is good enough for God is in it.
About Linda: A native of Central New York, Linda Rondeau met and married Steve Rondeau, her best friend in life, and managed a career in human services before tackling professional writing. After thirty-four years of marriage, they have relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, leaving rural America to live in a city of one million.
While writing is her greatest passion, the more favorable temperatures of Florida allow her to follow another great passion–golf.
Linda is the wife of one patient man, the mother of three, and the grandmother of nine.
An award winning author, Linda is multipublished. Linda’s first title, The Other Side of Darkness, released Fall 2012, won the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel. Her first book in her Sci-Fi, futuristic series, America II, written under L.W. Rondeau released summer of 2012.
About the book — It Really is a Wonderful Life: Midville newcomer and Iraq War widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondack wasteland that has now become her home. After twenty failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Desperate to belong, she joins the local Community Theater, in production for It’s a Wonderful Life.
Jamey Sullivan has put his professional life on hold in order to run the family business and to help his ailing father. He signs on for Midville’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, although he hopes to receive a Broadway casting call any day now.
When these two meet, they are instantly attracted to one another. However, ambition, demanding children, and a romantic rival threaten to squash their growing love for one another.
It Really is a Wonderful Life is set in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, a perfect backdrop for romantic conflict.
Come back Oct 29th for Darlene Franklin!