In 2009, I started writing my book with the working title of Rise and Soar. It was based on the Scripture from Isaiah 40:31: Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles.
I gave my new book the working title of Rise and Soar, based on Isaiah 40:31, Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles. I knew that I wouldn’t find a publisher for it in South Africa, and it was going to take a number of miracles, but I also knew that was God’s department. I had to write the book. He would get it published.
The day after I’d accepted Cec’s offer of a trip to the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference, I shared the exciting news with my Southern African Christian Writers’ Online group. A few hours later, I received a reply from one of the other members, Marion Ueckermann saying, “I’m coming with you!” How amazing. Another answer to prayer. My trip will go via Jo’burg, and Marion will meet me there.
Time is flying past. When I started this blog theme we had nine months to go to the conference. It’s now eight. The exciting news is that Twila, Cec Murphey’s assistant, has managed to finalise my bookings in conjunction with a S.African travel agent, Sandy Hume. Marion Ueckermann, my friend who is coming with me, has also confirmed her bookings, so we’re on our way. Now all we need to do is book for the conference!
Life is nothing if not interesting. My first couple of nights back in the work place proved wonderful I’m blessed to have this job. I work a 12- hour shift but have plenty free time during the night. Instead of knitting or reading in between rounds, I take my laptop and write. There’s no on-line distractions, only around 60 patients/residents in the Frail Care section. And they mostly sleep—unlike the Internet.
27 Feb – 8 a.m. Why does everyone keep asking if I’m excited? There’s too much to do, too much to think about. Excitement will come later.
Between the last post and the 27th of February (Blast-Off Day) much has happened which you really don’t want to read about! However here are a few comments.
I went back to work as a nursing sister (RN) and loved it. I did four months of full-time night-duty. The work was fine but unfortunately I couldn’t sleep during the day. My circadian rhythm (a.k.a. body clock) got into a real mess and didn’t want me to sleep day or night. Not good.
20:30 I’m finally on the plane waiting to take off for Atlanta.
1 March: The motel is comfortable. To buy lunch/supper I had to cross a busy 6-lane highway – 3 lanes in each direction. Not as easy as it sounds. I had to keep reminding myself that the cars were coming from the wrong direction. (We drive on the left in South Africa – America drives on the right.) I discovered the lead I had brought to connect my laptop to the American system fit the wall socket fine, but didn’t connect to my laptop. Panic! As my Skype connection with Rob in South Africa died, I felt so lonely and cut off from everyone.
3rd March contd: 5 p.m. Lake Yale Conference centre is beautiful. It reminds me of Resthaven, a conference centre we used to frequent in Rhodesia many years ago, with buildings scattered amongst the trees.