Last fall I started a monthly newsletter where I share news, poetry, recipes, and stories. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, you can sign up in the sidebar to the right. You can opt out at any time if you decide the information in my newsletter isn’t for you. Below is what I included in my June newsletter as a sample of what you’ll receive
Sample Newsletter Content
Fearless Newsletter — A Time for Everything
It’s the first of June and I’m ready to step off the roller coaster ride of May 2021. It was a month in which the famous verse from Ecclesiastes felt so appropriate. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance . . .” Eccl. 3:1-2, 4.
In May, my husband and I planted many new perennial flowers and hostas, and we dug up a few plants that weren’t thriving or didn’t survive the winter. Our sixteen-year-old cockapoo got sick and we weren’t sure he would make it, but he’s on the mend now. We celebrated Mother’s Day, my closest sister’s 60th birthday, and my birthday, and remembered my dad who would have turned 100 this year. And on May 20, in-between the birthdays, my oldest sister passed away rather suddenly.
Life is like that, a never ending roller coaster of celebration and mourning. It makes me thankful for hope.
How about you? How was your May 2021? Better than May 2020? Did you experience some difficult circumstances? Did you find a reason to hope? I’d love to hear about it.
A Time for Writing Wins
One of my favorite parts of this newsletter is when I have writing wins to share with you all. A writing win is when an editor, someone other than me, decides the words I’ve penned will bless their readers and puts them in print or online. I share these wins here just in case my words are meant to bless you too.
- For their Rethink issue, Fathom Magazine published an article I wrote about my mom. They changed my headline, but other than that I am absolutely thrilled to be in their online magazine. You can read that article here: https://www.fathommag.com/stories/i-always-questioned-my-mother-s-love
- My monthly poem on Anchored Voices this month I explore where joy can be found. If you are in need of renewed joy, check it out here: https://anchoredvoices.com/2021/05/08/this-joy-complete/
- For those of you who prefer to listen to podcasts instead of reading, I was interviewed by Michelle Rayburn for the Life, Repurposed podcast and it aired on May 20. You can listen to that podcast here: https://michellerayburn.com/from-fear-to-freedom-and-purpose/
- Finally, you can’t read it yet, but I have an essay titled “Trusting God’s Wisdom” that has been accepted for inclusion in a compilation tentatively titled God in the Ruins about how the Church can minister to those dealing with mental illness. I’ll share more information about that book when it is published.
A Recipe for Peace
Today’s recipe share is not something you can eat, but it can make each meal more enjoyable. It is both a recipe and a poem in one. It is my favorite recipe for peace. The ingredients are prayer, gratitude, and forgiveness, topped off with a little more prayer.
Begin each day with a prayer of thanks
Remember each blessing you’ve known
Offer a hug to your spouse or kids
Reap the love you have sown
Take a walk, a leisurely stroll
Notice the flowers have opened
Nod to a neighbor who passes by
Knowing no words need be spoken
Forgive quickly thoughtless hurts
Trusting the Lord will intercede
Remember others may be hurting too
Perhaps grace is just what they need
Face each task you must complete
With determination to do your best
And when you find your workday done
With the Lord find much needed rest
End each day with a prayer of thanks
Just as your day once began
You’ll find God’s way brings you peace
As always was His plan
Just a quick reminder that I still have copies of Life, Repurposed available for purchase. They are $14 including shipping. I also have copies of both of my poetry books, for less than they are on Amazon. If you are interested, reply to this email with your mailing address and I’ll get one out to you.
Peace and grace,
Linda L. Kruschke