Get Moving

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It was time for me to change my scenery from my once moderate-sized city of Jersey City, NJ, which is becoming a mini–New York City. Its constant construction of mega tall buildings would hurt anyone’s neck as they tried to look up and count the floors. Every corner in this quickly growing city is becoming a traffic nightmare where I seldom want to drive. So, yes, it was time for my needed vacation and to get out of dodge, if you will.

This was my first time flying as a single passenger with no family with me. It was just me and God. While planning my trip, it was a little tricky with multiple destinations, but it was fun in all the same. My journey consisted of a five-night, six-day trip. Seems like a lot for a person with mobility issues, but God had a plan better than my own.

As I sat on the plane and we were about to take off, I screamed in my head, “What am I doing? I can’t fly on my own. I can’t travel almost eight hundred miles by myself.” Anxiety had hit me. I didn’t know existed. As a single woman, I’m used to going places on my own because I love to travel and see the world. However, this was a different type of traveling, which meant I couldn’t get back home in four hours or fewer.

While the plane slowly left the tarmac, I felt my stomach drop, and that was frightening. Then God showed me something as I closed my eyes. He showed me the reason for my vacation. That was seeing my family and visiting my late father’s grave. I was stepping out of my comfort zone to get moving.

Yes, I use a cane from time to time to get around. However, that is no reason for me to be scared that I don’t live my life. I will not let it be an obstacle that prevents me from enjoying this life God blessed me with. After this realization, I settled back into my seat on the plane, and I enjoyed the ride. So much so that I even wrote a whole blog post while flying.

My adventure led me to several towns in South Carolina. My first stop was Charleston, SC, where coincidentally I went to a bookstore before doing anything else. As a writer, it’s a must for me to bring back a book on all of my travels. I visited The Battery in downtown and explored the area while checking out the vibrantly colored homes on Rainbow Row and the pretty horse-drawn carriages.

Hollywood, SC was my next stop. It’s a nice small town of less than seven thousand people, about twenty miles from Charleston. This is the type of town where everybody knows everybody and with the charming homes, it could easily end up being the setting for a novel. There I visited my family and friends. And everyone kept saying the same thing, including people I didn’t know. “You’re Russell’s daughter.” That’s because I’m a spitting image of my late father. Fifteen years after my last visit and people are still looking at me saying the same thing. To me, that was great because not only did they remember my father, but they also remembered me. What a heartfelt welcome.

Rounding out my multi day vacation was going to Columbia SC to visit more family. This beautiful capital city where I got to explore the monuments, the State building and the gorgeous town was awesome. The homes both in complexes and stand alone were simple breathtaking. Despite a minor hiccup, my vacation was amazing and I’m glad I went.

Limitations are something that either we put on ourselves or that are put on us. However, just like an obstacle course, they are always different ways of getting to your final destination. You just must trust God first and He will move your mountains and valleys out of your way. For He is the mover of all things great and small.

Monument at The State House, Columbia SC

Desiree Future at The Battery, Charleston, SC

Guest Post by Lisa Larsen Hill

Hello loyal readers March 1st blog post is written by a good friend of mine who just so happens to be a writer as well. Please welcome her here to Hope, Faith & a Smile

Do we realize in our daily lives, its just the small things?

On a visit to California, we’d just finished dinner at a Long Beach vegan restaurant with my brother and niece. I’m not a vegan but my niece is. The offerings and delicious meal delighted me and I made a note to check out vegan restaurants on my return to New York. It was a warm night as we walked back to the Airbnb. A young couple with their 7 – 8-year-old daughter was skipping in front of us. The little girl turned around and started talking about her day. She was excited about her visit to the aquarium and told us all sorts of facts she gathered.

We asked her questions, which she was delighted to tell us more.

We walked along for some time and then they turned down a different street, I said, “Good night sweetheart.”

And this tiny little charming voice responded, “Good night, sweetheart.”

Both the parents and all of us ahhh’d and giggled for her pure innocence.

Sometimes in our daily lives truly it’s the small things.

How often do we celebrate a moment? An ordinary task of just walking down the street can turn into a delightful memory. My husband and I now say, “Good night, sweetheart,” and glow, remembering this sweet connection to a stranger.

I love this lyric by Sam Cooke’s song “That’s Heaven to Me.”

“The things that I see as I walk along the streets – a little flower that blooms in May, a lovely sunset at the end of a day, someone helping a stranger along the way – that’s heaven to me.”

With all the bad news screaming for attention from everywhere, realizing it’s just the small things bring us joy.

What’s a small thing that’s lifted you up?

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12.

Lisa Larsen Hill is Founder and President of Seeds of Faith for Women Inc, a 501 c (3). She is co-founder of Daughters of Abraham, bringing women of the three Abrahamic faiths together. A Christian Seminar leader/Certified Lay Speaker for over 20+ years, she serves various churches on Long Island. She is a speaker and member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Lisa is a contributing writer to Courage to Write and is represented by Books & Such Literary Management in pursuit of publishing her first Biblical fiction story. She is married to her best friend, Roger Hill.

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Where Would You Be?

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If you could be some place other than where you are right now, where would it be? For me at this very moment, while looking at a painting my good friend Roxanne painted of the Eiffel Tower, I would be in Paris.

Exploring the Parisian streets, taking in the beautiful sights of the incredible architect and trying the delicious macaroons and mouth-watering chocolates. Indulging in the delectable foods abound, I would roam from store to store in search of various trinkets to bring home. But the most important thing would be a writing journal, so I can write about my time in Paris in it. Exploring the neighboring towns just to feel the breeze of a different place. Attending performances while trying to understand what is being said. Enjoying my time in another country because this is where I want to be. This is where I will be.

Set your sights on your dreams and make them a reality. 

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