“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
This verse gave me hope, like sweet water during the drought after my separation and divorce. I had been married for 20 years and had believed we would grow old together. My world was shattered, like a windshield full of cracks, but somehow still in place.
Miraculously, that windshield held, in spite of foolish choices borne out of vulnerability. The pieces mended together, ever so slowly it seemed, as I climbed out of the pit of despair and learned to love myself again.
Finally, when the time was right, my soulmate found me. He was my first love who I had not seen or heard from in 39 years. It took that much time for us to learn what we needed to learn to be ready to walk through life together again.
My soulmate is now my partner. He wholeheartedly supports my goals to return to gifts of creativity, so that at the age of 60, I prepare for a leap of faith to embark on a new adventure. This is the beginning of aligning with my true nature and a return to my true self.
We never know what surprises are waiting for us – what blessings are being planned for when we are ready!
May we receive blessings in abundance!
This post was inspired by “Sophia’s Children” hosting a Blog Blesstival for the new year. You can find the details here: http://sophias-children.com/2015/12/23/blog-blesstival-add-your-blessing-to-start-the-new-year/
February 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm
This is so beautiful Joanna …thank you for sharing your bright light on this morning of a grey blizzard outside my window …love , megxxx
February 10, 2016 at 5:03 pm
I’m glad you enjoyed my story. Light and love will prevail! ❤
February 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm
Reblogged this on Loving Me, Too and commented:
Never give up hope!
February 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm
This is so lovely, JoAnna, and I most definitely resonate with what you’re sharing … I’ll welcome my soul mate! Many thanks for adding this beautiful musing to the Blesstival wave! Love, Jamie
February 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm
p.s. That’s a very powerful verse from Jeremiah, too. Thank you for sharing that along with the other encouragement and inspiration in this post!
February 11, 2016 at 2:48 am
It’s my pleasure, Jamie. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Blesstival! And I’m glad my story resonates with you! Best Big Love to you!
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February 11, 2016 at 4:31 am
I’m so glad that you decided to join in the #Blesstival wave, JoAnna!
February 11, 2016 at 7:57 am
Thanks, Joanne. I’m glad I saw it – such a good idea!
February 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm
February 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm
This was so beautiful to read! “We never know what surprises are waiting for us – what blessings are being planned for when we are ready!” ❤
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February 23, 2016 at 6:37 am
Thanks, Mary Lou! And thanks for following along!
July 2, 2016 at 9:09 pm
Beautiful story…I love happy endings!
July 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm
Thanks for reading, Oliana. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
July 3, 2016 at 2:04 am
Your blog reminds me why I started blogging at Tracesofthesoul; grief and haiku took over in the past year at my other blog, http://www.cheryllynnroberts.info which my nom de plume is Tournesol (sunflower). Cheryl-Lynn