Seven months ago our world was turned upside-down when our only grandprincess unexpectedly passed away. Our family began living the worst nightmare ever. Not sure how to walk through life with such a devastating loss, we sought out resources and inspirations from any place that made sense. Some worked, and some did not. But the most complete, appropriate resources came through my Faith in God and the written, human, and inexplainable resources He guided our way.
Even with that, I retreated in many ways trying to shield myself from life’s rain. Over this Christmas weekend I needed even more inspiration and God reminded me of this blog that I created 5-1/2 years ago. Umbrella Inspirations was created just a few months before Alanna was born–exactly 5 years before her death “to provide protection from life’s rain.” Little did I know when I typed the first blog post that a thunderstorm would come our way.
What stuck with me the most was when I ran across my blog post called, Life’s Lemonade. I’m not sure what was going on in my life to make me post that then, but I had to read it. It was VERY difficult to read, but making it to the end of the post is where I was inspired from my own post. (You’ll have to read it to see why). Even though today my understanding of lemons and making lemonade out of them is far more complex than it was 5 years ago, I appreciate the level of wisdom I had at the time that would help carry me through this difficult time. I especially appreciate the hope that my Faith in God has provided me on this journey.
As a published author of a self-help book, Purses, Pearls, and Pumps: Straight Talk About Women and Finances, I am a lot more confident in contributing to blogs. Perhaps through this painful journey I will reawaken my writing ability and contribution to the world by actively helping others (and myself) in ways I could never have imagined when I started this blog in 2011.
I pray you join me, contribute, share and invite others. We all need protection from the rain.