Fiction in A Flash Update. #WritingCommunity #IARTG @pursoot

Hello, everyone!

The last time I posted it was to let you know that I had experienced a health glitch and that I anticipated posting my Fiction In A Flash Challenge the following week. That was eleven weeks ago. I can’t deny that is has been a difficult time, a time that has taught me once again to be grateful for the simplest of pleasures that life hands us. I haven’t been well enough to leave my bedroom for ten weeks now, the view from my window has altered from the colors of our autumn to the white blanketed trees covered by our first snow of winter. I have learned to appreciate that transition and to understand that my witnessing it is a blessing, a time to be savored, not a right to be squandered.

Today is the first time I have felt well enough to sit up in bed long enough to say hello to you all again. I haven’t had more than a brief look at the emails waiting for me, and have been humbled to discover so many from you all, sending me love and good wishes, and expressing your concerns at my absence. Please know how very grateful I am to have you in my life. I will respond to each of you as soon as I am able.

My goal for now is to be well enough to leave my bedroom and enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting with my little family in front of the fire and chatting about the day they have had. My health issues are ongoing and can’t be reversed, the changes are what I need to adapt to.

For now I continue to pray for guidance and have accepted that my journey need never be undertaken alone.

I share with you a poem sent to me by a very dear friend, it says what I want to say so simply.

The Footprints Prayer

One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.
Thank you, my friends.
I’ll chat again when I’m able. ❤

20 thoughts on “Fiction in A Flash Update. #WritingCommunity #IARTG @pursoot

  1. It’s good to hear from you, Suzanne. It’s hard when our health is not as much we what we’d like it too be. I agree with you that we are grateful for whatever we have every day. It’s good you can sit up and look out your window to appreciated the snow.

    It’s comforting to know our Lord carries us when we’re too weak to walk. I continue to portray for you and hope you get stronger every day and will be able to move around.

    Enjoy the company of your family! 🙏💖

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  2. It’s wonderful to hear from you, Soooz. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks.

    The poem is beautiful and is one that has brought comfort to me during trying times. Much love! ❤

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  3. Your post brought tears to my eyes, Soooz. I am so thankful you are making progress and were well enough to make this post. I have been so worried for you, and am so grateful to find your post today. I will continue my prayers for your healing and that you feel the comfort of God in every moment of your day. Love, peace, and hugs, my dear friend.

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  4. My tears are also flowing from my eyes. How often I have thought of you, prayed for you, and hoped to hear from you. How happy I was to see your email, but sad to learn about your recent health challenges. You have proven your strength time and time again. You are a beautiful role model for so many of us. Love you and know you are in my prayers. God bless you.

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  5. I’m so sorry your journey for the past few months has not been an easy one. I’m happy to hear you’ve made positive progress, Soooz. It breaks my heart to think of you struggling. Footprints is such a comforting poem, and bless your friend for sharing it with you. I’m still sending healing energy your way. I love your mindset – focus on the little things and the most important things (which aren’t ‘things’ at all). Take care, Soooz, and blessed be! XOXO 🙂

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  6. So wonderful to hear from you, Soooz. Mom and I were just talking about you and the Fiction in a Flash challenges today. I’m sorry you’re going through such a trying time, but know we are your wings ready to lift you up and help you to heal {{hugs}}

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  7. I’m so happy to hear from you, Soooz! Glad to hear of your improvement, and have been thinking and praying for you. What a perfect poem that brings so much comfort knowing we aren’t ever alone. Sending a ton of healing hugs. Xo

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  8. You have been in my thoughts Sooz… all the time. I knew your health problems must be keeping you away from us. I am glad you are feeling better. Wishing you good health and love of your loved ones. Love and hugs.

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  9. I love Footprints, Snooze. Such an encouraging poem. So sorry about your health glitch. Praying for you to recover really soon. Lots of love, Gerry.

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  10. It’s wonderful to hear from you, my friend. I’m happy to know that you’re doing a little better. You’ve definitely been in my thoughts, and I pray that you continue to recuperate. Sending love and peace your way. ❤


  11. I recall this story of footprints. It’s beautiful, expressing His love for us.

    Get well steadily, and let Him carry you with care during the clouded times. The sun will shine again tomorrow, and the stars twinkle at night.


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