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It’s a Journey

Posted by on July 13, 2015

I have no patience.

And an author’s career demands it. And parenting. And life. Ack…just shoot me now. I mean, where can I find some patience? Ha!

I’ve spent the past year and a half fighting the clock, trying to get so many details sorted out, so many projects juggled, and most of all, to bring you the next installment in Ayianna’s journey.

But this weekend, I had a little…what I would call a God moment.

Friday. A friend reminds me life, parenting…it’s a journey. But my busy thoughts swept the words away.

Saturday. I meet a lady for coffee, and she tells me: The journey is greater than the destination.

Wait–what?? I nearly freaked out…because I wrote those exact words so many years ago in Secrets Kept.

Sunday. A friend in conversation says the EXACT same thing. The journey is greater than the destination.

I think SOMEONE is trying to tell me something.

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I have been so intent on reaching the finish line that I have forgotten to live. I’ve forgotten to enjoy the journey. Perhaps my self-imposed deadlines keep getting pushed back, but I’m still making progress. Slowly but surely! And I forget; to be able to even pursue my dream, is living my dream. So here I am. Breathing in, breathing out, and pressing on.

What journey are you on? Is the destination a long way off or coming up quickly? Are you finding the silver lining behind the clouds? Or does it look pretty dark out there right now?

10 Responses to It’s a Journey

  1. Lynn

    I love it when God talks to us through others. Thank you for sharing! Much love for you and your family, from Colorado.

  2. Nadine Brandes

    Wow! So neat to see God’s reminders surrounding you. Great job being a listener! I’m praying you enjoy the journey more and more! 🙂

    Currently my journey is a busy one, but a happy one. I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Nadine! It is definitely neat when I get those reminders. Now if only I could just remember them and walk in them! Ha! Thank you for your prayers. I will make a point to slow down, especially in my thinking. Life is too short to rush through.

      Feeling like you’re exactly where you need to be…priceless! And I’m so happy for you! Oh my, busy is an understatement! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jenelle Leanne

    Oh, I needed to hear that. Thank you.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      So glad those words spoke to you! That makes my day even more special. Hope you have a good one! And enjoy the journey. 🙂

  4. Kessie

    Oh wow, turning your own words back on you, even. Maybe take a day or two to just chillax?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Ha, right?! Yeah…maybe that’s what I need to do, seeing how I’ve been sort of forced to take time away. It’s all good. I am looking at enjoying my time with the kiddos and trying to not be so…rigid? ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. DJ Edwardson (@djedwardson)

    Thanks of much for sharing this. Great reminder. Sometimes writing can feel like a 26 mile sprint. It takes a lot out of you. Lots of sacrifice. Lots of moments where it’s just “one more step…one more step” and you can’t see any progress. But it’s important to not let that be everything. God has us where we are for a reason and our families and our children are living letters to the world that are far more important than anything we will ever write.

    This year I’ve been stepping off the gas myself and realizing that I can’t force things to happen at the expense of what’s happening right now. It reminds me of that scene from the Incredibles where the parents Bob and Helen are having an argument:

    Bob: Reliving the glory days is better than pretending they never happened!
    Helen: Yes! They happened, but this; our family, is what’s happening now, Bob! And you’re missing this!

    I don’t want to miss life because of the dream. So, like you, I’m learning that if I write a little less, that’s ok. Because some stories are more important than others.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      That’s beautiful DJ. You are exactly right! I think the stress, anger, impatience stem from thinking we should be somewhere else than rather right where we are. And I love how you brought in the Incredibles for illustrating your point. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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