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Barricade the road to Nowhere. . .I choose the true road to Somewhere
(Psalm 119:30, MSG)
I recently celebrated my 59th birthday. With the big 6-0 staring me in the face, I definitely feared that I was on the road to Nowhere. What dreams remained, ones that were realistic, given my increasing limitations?
The Psalmist’s words encouraged me to choose the true road, the one leading Somewhere. What lies down the road, I don’t know. I probably don’t want to know, for roses rarely strew my path. At my age, I can’t escape declining health and possibly mental faculties. Living in a nursing home gives me a close-up view of the possibilities lying in the years ahead.
The future doesn’t have to frighten, but it does make me wonder—what else is on my road to the ultimate Somewhere, heaven?
Part of my depression stemmed from my pride. I was never satisfied to be good; I wanted to be the best. I hoped for something big: something heroic as serving as a missionary, as grand as becoming a best-selling author, as astonishing as writing 100 books.
I could claim I have wisdom to share with the next generation. As is typical of our society today, not many young people knock on my door to learn from me. But here in the nursing home, there are staff and fellow residents whom I can encourage. This is my current stop on the Road, and I shouldn’t ignore my “family” in my desire to do something big.
I would like my health to improve well enough for me to go with my grandchildren to participate in family events. I doubt I can to the extent that I wish. But I can write letters. They will know me, that way.
Whatever “wisdom”—or at least knowledge—I have, I pass on through My Daily Nibbles devotional blog (http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/). I also teach writing classes online, reaching new writers from around the country. In an email I received yesterday, a friend commented on my reputation as a mentor. So perhaps God has already set me on that road, when I feel I have done so little.
Another “big” goal I wanted to accomplish before I die was to have 100 books in print. When I looked at the thirty-two books already out, I doubted I would get another sixty-eight titles, even if I write until I’m eighty. But if I add the twenty-three books that include something I’ve written, I’m already past the halfway point. Perhaps that will happen.
So I already see a few signposts along the road to Somewhere—home, family, mentoring, teaching, writing.
And God is giving a glimpse of something BIG. Something so big it scares me. I asked for it, didn’t I? It involves giving people a glimpse into the world of the nursing home, from a resident’s point of view.
God has planted my feet on the way to Somewhere.
Lord, barricade my mind against the road to Nowhere.
WINNIE TUTTLE DREAMS ABOUT SKATING
With hometown champion Frank Sawtelle as her coach, she has a real chance to compete
in the world's foremost skating competition. But her siblings want her helping on the farm—not wasting time on the ice. And as her feelings for Frank turn to love, she wonders if he could ever feel the same.
Still bitter over the injury that shattered his competitive hopes, coaching Winnie resurrects Frank's career. But as his love for her grows, a romance could jeopardize her success. While he keeps his feelings to himself, he yearns for a future with Winnie…one more precious than gold.
More about Darlene:
Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-six books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.
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