Sometimes life walks right up to you and hands you a glass of lemonade. You don’t have to deal with the lemons at all, just straight up lemonade. Lotsa ice. Maybe even a sprig of mint.
In less than a month I will be flying off to Florida to speak at the Intervention Project for Nurses. There, I get to talk about my story, and be funny, and make people laugh, and share some tears, all stuff that is totally up my alley. My Floridian alley. Which also includes a beach.
Also, in the fall I am doing a reading at The Writers’ Place:
I used to walk by this amazing house when I was in my twenties, wistfully thinking, “Maybe one day I’ll go to a reading there. Maybe.” Now, I’m read-ING there.
And then there is this big HUGE sprig of mint:
Presented during EPA’s 2016 convention, the 2016 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2015 calendar year.
First Place: The Covenant Companion, “Broken” — Dana Bowman
First Person Article:
Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion, “Jesus, Take This Cup From Me” — Dana Bowman
Second Place: The Covenant Companion, “Confessions of a Not So Cheerful Giver” — Dana Bowman
Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion Online, “Breaking Through the Sound of Silence” — Dana Bowman
To read more about the awards and articles, click here.
All of this is a huge honor. Just huge. Awards are always an opportunity to take a breath and allow yourself to feel right in place. The Evangelical Press Association had perused all Christian publications, from Christianity Today to In Touch magazine, and more. I think this all just makes me smile at how my relationship with Covenant Companion Magazine came to be: it was a short blurb in their magazine honoring my pastor, Jeff Waugh, and his wife Julie for their care taking and help when I battled post-partum depression. That two paragraph entry showed up in their magazine over six years ago.
Sometimes, life is all about lemons. Bitterness. Soured dreams. Sadness.
And other times? Life reminds you that when you travel with God’s travel plan clutched tightly in your fist, sometimes everything is so very, very sweet.