Wednesday, September 12, 2012

At SM 101, change is in the air: “You’ve gotta do this. Do it. Do it now.”

I missed posting on Saturday.

Instead of blogging, I was flying home from southern California after a visit with my three grandsons—and their parents, too, of course: daughter Karen and her hubby, Brian.

Missing my regular Saturday blog post bothered me but, at the same time, it felt OK.

It felt OK because it symbolized a change I’ve felt coming on. I’ve been feeling it in my heart, my mind, my spirit.

Missing that blog post prompted a change I knew was inevitable.

I hinted at that change on my birthday in June when I pondered God’s words to Joshua: “You are getting very old” (Joshua 13) and He pointed out Joshua still had big tasks to carry out before it was too late—duties only Joshua could complete.

God listed specifics and then said, “You’ve gotta do this, Joshua, as an inheritance. Leave this legacy for your tribes—your family. Do it. Do it now.”

Since then I’ve been thinking. And squirming. God has tasks for me to accomplish while I’m still walking this earth, things He wants me to leave for my family.

For the past couple of years, my oldest grandson, Chase, has been asking me to write a book for him, another book of family stories.

I have a few vignettes snapped into a three-ring binder for him and the other grandkids, but I need to write so many more!

Doing so has been on my mind a lot since June, and—you guessed it—again last week Chase asked if I was writing our family’s stories. I knew the time had come, as if God again nudged me: “You’ve gotta do this, Linda, as an inheritance. Leave this legacy for your tribes—your family. Do it. Do it now.”

I can’t know how many days or weeks or years I have in which to prepare and complete that legacy, so I’ve been asking myself, What should be my priorities? What am I doing with the time I have left? What activities must I set aside—or cut back on—so I can spend my time wisely? What legacy do I need to be working on?

If you’ve followed SM 101 for even a short while, you know one of my priorities is carrying out Deuteronomy 4:9, “Always remember what you’ve seen God do for you and be sure to tell your children and grandchildren!”

Soooo ~~ here’s what’s changing at Spiritual Memoirs 101: Beginning next week, I will post only once a week, on Thursdays, so I can dedicate more time to writing for my grandkids.

I want to tell our family’s stories—not because our family is special but because God is special.

It’s not about us. It’s all about God.

See you next Thursday, September 19!

Continuity gives us roots;
change gives us branches,
letting us stretch and grow
and reach new heights.

Pauline R. Kezer


  1. I understand. There is a season for all things. If you only post once a week, I may be able to catch up and put some things into action ;-)

    1. Hi, Penny, you're right--there is a season for all things. I'm excited about the stories I can compile now, but my heart is still here at SM 101, too.

      Bless you, Penny. :)


  2. Good for you, Linda. Blessings on your writing! Do you know, I experimented with posting twice a week for a few months, but dropped back to once again. It seemed like more work, and I"m not sure that it got me more readers or comments....I might go back to it again, but for now, once a week is all I can manage.

    I enjoy your blog!

    1. Hi, Olive Tree, and thank you for your encouraging words. You are so sweet. Happy writing!


  3. Linda,
    This seems so right- follow your passion. Blogging once a week is fine.

    See you soon and I can't wait!


    1. "Follow your passion." I like that, Kathy. Those words capture what I want to do. Thanks for helping me realize what my heart is leading me to do.

      See you soon, Kathy!


  4. Linda, now that I have two blogs and there seems to be so much to read about writing out there, I haven't been writing on my memoir as much as I feel God is nudging me to do. So, I've been pondering this same sort of change in my schedule as well. You've now given me more to ponder. Thanks for sharing your own thoughts with us and your changes. I'll see you on Thursdays from now on.

    If you haven't already noticed, Letters to Mama is now under a blog entitled Healing by Writing ( I wanted a little more leverage to invite guest authors to post and to share my own thoughts on writing. My letters are under a tab there.