Just before I was going to send in the completed manuscript for book three in the McKenna's Daughter series, the doctor told my husband he needed a biopsy of his bladder. Let me tell you that trying to do your own final edit of a manuscript while dealing with the possibility of cancer or something almost as bad with your soul mate of almost 48 years takes a toll on your creativity.
The week James had the biopsy, came home and waited two whole days before we got the report, then had another uncomfortable time at the doctors, I just had to keep plunging forward, whether I wanted to or not. How did I deal with that?
The same way I deal with good surprises. I look toward the Lord. I lean on Him and trust Him to be there no matter the outcome.
Two scant weeks later, this past week, I had to have an angiogram or heart cath. That, too, was an unwelcome surprise. Not a thing to be grasped. But at the same time, I knew that I could trust the Lord and He would take care of me whatever the outcome.
I sometimes ask myself what's the worst thing that can happen? That's easy. I could die and go to be with the Lord in heaven. That puts things into perspective. Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to hurry the end of my life away. I only want to go when the number of my days are finished.
And there are plenty of good things scattered between. Our youngest granddaughter decided she wanted to be baptized this weekend. That's a big step for a teenager to make in front of their Christian friends. The time was special.
And I have two upcoming events. On May 5, I have an event at the Library in Bedford, Texas, near where I live.
Then May 15, Mary's Blessing releases, so on May 19, there will be a Book Release event at Mardel Christian Store in Hurst, the town where I live.
So what do I do to deal with bad surprises. I trust the Lord and keep my eyes on Him.