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SoCS: Rejoice! Conditions and All



Here’s something new! Today’s prompt for Saturday Stream of Consciousness is:

“ask someone else.” Either ask someone for a prompt word or, if you can’t, turn on a TV or a radio and choose a word from the first sentence you hear. 

(Linda Hill)

It’s new to me anyway. Stepping a little outside the box, I decided to ask for prompts on my Facebook author page. It was an experiment since I believe FB suppresses business and author pages so we’ll buy ads which so far have not worked well enough for me… but I did get two prompt suggestions, so I’m happy.

My first prompt for which I am thankful was, “Rejoice.”  It’s the word in one of my favorite Christmas hymns. That word I often/sometimes have trouble hitting the high note on. O Come, O come, Emanuel….. REJOICE! REJOICE! Emanuel shall come to thee o Israel. Emanuel means God is with us. REJOICE!

The second prompt, for which I am also thankful, was “Conditional.” Hmmmm. Interesting. Go ahead and REJOICE, as long as no one gets hurt. Rejoice all you want, but the dishes still need to get done and the trash needs to get put out. But wait! what if we can and do rejoice whilst we are taking out the trash? Like I rejoice when I donate stuff. Rejoice to be lightening the load. Jesus lightens my load. Why not rejoice in the midst of conditions? I rejoice that I know how to be conditional.

I knew that if I ever married again, it would be conditional upon finding a partner who loves dogs. Okay, he loves me, too but that kinda goes without saying. He also had to respect me.  Respect was a big issue when my daughter was a teenager. I would listen to her on the condition that she not yell at me and speak with a respectful tone. My love for her was and is unconditional, but my listening had conditions. My presence had conditions. If someone yells at me or is disrespectful, now I can walk away if only to another room. I can limit my time with people who are toxic depending (conditional?) on how toxic they are. I can love someone from a distance.  Occasional distance if they are a little toxic. Big distance if they are frequently toxic. I rejoice that my daughter is respectful and doesn’t yell at me anymore (not that I can tell) cause she’s grown and out on her own.

One of my goals for 2019 is to buy a house in the mountains so I can visit my son and his family more often. This is somewhat conditional on selling my parent’s house (the house that was my parents’). It’s a flexible condition. An ideal. Some conditions are negotiable and some are not. When I sell the house that was my parents’ I will be a little sad. I will probably cry. But I will also rejoice! When I buy a house in the mountains, I will rejoice!

Feeling how you will feel when you get your heart’s desire worked for me while I was looking/waiting for my soulmate.  I imagined comfort and joy.  Rejoice for all the blessings coming your way – with or without conditions. Rejoice anyway!



Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill. For more information, and more streams, visit:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

18 thoughts on “SoCS: Rejoice! Conditions and All

  1. Lively, JoAnna. And your Blig looks wibderful too. Thankyou for following me. Looking forward to reading more of your writing.

  2. Sorry, that should have said Lovely, not lively! I am blind, and make typing errors sometimes. Sorry.

  3. Oh, my, that’s a beautiful rendition of the song – I got chills listening to it! I love that song, too. I’ll get my prayers going for you so you sell the house and can move to the mountains. I remember the bittersweetness of selling my mom’s house – it was such a relief for it to be sold, but I still on occasion drive by it to make sure the new owners are taking care of it. I’m wishing you a wonderful 2019!

    • I can understand about wanting the house to be taken care of after investing so much time here. I’m glad you enjoyed this rendition of “Emanuel.” Thank you so much for your prayers and good wishes, Shelley. I wish you a wonderful year ahead, too!

  4. I hope you have these opportunities to rejoice (and many others) in 2019!

  5. Rejoice. That’s a little tough for me, at this time. Working on it.

  6. The house in the mountains sounds wonderful, JoAnna. I’ll rejoice for you when that happens.

    We all need conditions when it comes to other people in how we can best relate to them and still love them. It’s because we’re all different in our own special way.

  7. I am sure you will achieve your goal and buy your dream house ,, Keep that thought see it as a reality…
    Wishing you a beautiful New Year JoAnna.. You must think I only just started following you, lol Again.. I think I do it to loads of people when I click the bar at the bottom of Cookies to disappear, I end up clicking your Unfollow Follow.. button.. ..
    Hope you enjoyed Christmas… We did…
    Sending Love and Blessings for 2019… BIG hugs your way…
    ❤ ❤

  8. I said to one of my kids last night, “I don’t want you to change who you are, just to change this behavior.” Conditions aplenty with how I’m willing to be treated by anyone.
    You will get a good offer on the house that was your parents’ and get your house in the mountains to be nearer your son. I will rejoice with you then 🙂

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