About this time last year I started to outline, plan, and organize thoughts, notes, and ideas for the sequel to Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey. The idea of spending the summer on the deck writing motivated me yet something in the pit of my stomach kept me from getting my groove on. I don't know what my issue was but as July transitioned into summer, to write just overwhelmed me. I found myself questioning every word and doubting God's call on my life to write. More or less to write for Him. I'd like to say school started in the fall and the inspiration returned, but it didn't.
As Spring slowly returns and speaking engagements return to the calendar, I find myself more inspired and motivated to seek quiet time with God. One thing I like to do is pray for an event, those who will attend, and for God's message to be shared through me. A friend mentored me a few years ago when I started this journey and she said, "You want people to leave talking about God and how He worked through Heidi's kidnapping and your life, not about you." This is a lesson I treasure and keep close to my heart as I pray and prepare. I hope to achieve this each time, whether it's a faith-filled event or one outside the church setting.
Similar to last year, the ideas to write and create are starting to overtake my thoughts. I love this aspect of the creative brain. As I strive to incorporate and develop better habits for my spiritual health, I hope this will show through all I say, think, and do. I try to keep a "Pollyanna" attitude but sometimes I just feel like poor Pollyanna at the end of the movie, in need of some encouragement or a reminder to get moving forward and "Get over it". We don't get over some things but it's possible to move forward and embrace life's challenges as they mold us into the person we are today and tomorrow. I don't know what the summer has in store but I know one thing, I hope to do more and make my parents, husband, daughter, friends, family, and God proud.
Will the sequel to Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey be announced on Heidi's birthday in September?
Will another book release at the end of the school year?
Will I take a break from "writing the next book" to just write, reflect, and seek His direction?
Only God knows yet I'm trusting His lead and will prayerfully follow. Here's to the exciting time ahead...each day is a gift, a gift I choose to embrace and thank God for. I hope you will do the same.
What does the warmer weather and change of season inspire you to do?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323