A Ride on Life

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As a woman who has always hated amusement rides other than a carousel or bumper cars, I found myself in unfamiliar territory recently. I agreed to go on what seemed like a harmless ride that went around in circles. However, the fun times would soon end just seconds after the machine started moving. Not only did it go in circles but it spun me around like it was mixing cake batter with an electric mixer. Back, forth, sideways and reverse just for good measure.

At first, I screamed because I had no idea the innocent looking contraption was not so innocent. Then the more it moved the faster it went. I wanted to get off the crazy thing. Of course, there was no way of doing that until the operator completed the entire 3-minute ride that seemed like forever.

During my terrifying ordeal I decided to focus on something other than my current situation. I went to my happy place in my mind and I pictured my bookshelf full of books. I was then able to stop screaming and calm down. I knew the spinning would eventually stop and I would be able to get off the horrifying ride.

Life is just like the rides in the amusement parks with its ups, downs, circles and back and forth. One minute we are on the top of the world and everything is working in our favor. Then we have those times of screaming because our lives are on a downward spiral. When you are going through the rough times, you must stay focused on the things that make you happy. Sure, it can be hard smiling when you want to cry. Just remember with every frightening ride you go on it will always come to an end. Keep the faith and just breathe.

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Are you the type of reader, that gets utterly excited when you walk into a room full of books? You start smiling and becoming giddy like a kid in a candy store. If so, you have just made a new friend in me.

A few years ago, I was in a bookstore in New York City. As most avid readers I was in heaven just being amongst the thousands of books. I was truly in my glory. Sadly, I realized that I could not be in the store forever. Looking for Christian Romance novels I headed to the back of the store. I wanted to read clean fiction where sex was not the focal point. The aisle title Christian drew me right in. This is where I could find the books I desired.

There were about six wide tall stands placed side by side. As I excitedly started to search through them, I became less enthused. It seemed that everything was packed together on the same level as Christian Fiction. There were also manuals on preaching better with the genre I was looking for and books to improve bible study teachings.

For some reason everything associated with Christianity were housed together. I found that rather odd because on the very next aisle titled Romance, there were twice as many books on the shelves. Not only that but there were at least four complete lanes with nothing but Romance. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against regular romance. I’m the owner of many romance novels myself. The thing is I wanted to read a faith based romantic novel.

I couldn’t find what I wanted in the store so I created The Reading & Writing Spot. This is my own area where people like myself can find Christian & Inspirational writings. Authors from all levels will be here in this space. I finally found what I was looking for and it was right under my nose. This is my happy place.

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