Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 King James Version (KJV)
Confession: yesterday when I set out the 100 Day Challenge, I wasn’t sure what would happen. I knew that I was entering a threshold, a period of preparation, in which I wanted to take strenuous action (do) and contemplate and let go (be) in new ways. I hoped others would feel the same call.
Wow. You have more than exceeded my expectations. Thank you for sharing, commenting, celebrating, and enouraging. More than that, thank you for joining me and entering into the threshold stage yourself.
I said I would hold your new beginnings like a candle in a cathedral, prayerfully.
This morning, I decided to do that literally. As I read the 35 messages you wrote, I lit this candle for each one, smiling, nodding, and breathing deeply.
What I didn’t anticipate was that you would make me cry.
Two types of sacred beginnings
It’s our ninth wedding anniversary today, so I’ve enjoyed pouring tea from a new teapot (Jordanian pottery) and sipping it from a beautiful new bone china mug. Our day began with us both feeling incredibly thankful for our nine years together and the little luxuries we enjoy every day – spending time together, talking and drinking tea! Things I hope we never take for granted. 🙂
First time I was told “come back in a year” after breast cancer surgery in October 2011. New body, kinda new me.
Being thankful for the “little luxuries” of daily life is one kind of new beginning. There were scores of these.
And being grateful for the huge gift of life itself. There was one of these. But there were many other vulnerable, beautiful statements expressed in a few simple words.
Both kinds of New Beginnings moved me deeply. Some came from people I know. Most came from people I’ve never met in person. The candle before me is lit. My heart radiates your light.
Where to from here?
Now I need your help again. For a while, at least until you tell me to stop, I’m going to blog daily. That’s my new beginning starting today!
I have lots of topics I want to share with you, many of which are themes you will meet again in Blush.
Question: would you like to see excerpts of the manuscript here? In snippets every day? Or in several whole chapters scattered throughout the remaining 99 days?
Does it help if I publish the blog post at the same time every day? How about 1 p.m. — right after lunch?
Have any other ideas or suggestions for what you would like to see in a daily post?
Please leave a comment below to help me make this challenge as rewarding and useful to YOU as possible.