We are both midwesterners by birth. Southerners by adoption.
So when I come to the heartland, I wax sentimental.
The cornfields, the sleepy row of brick houses is the fifty, sixty year old neightborhoods.
The brush of the breeze through maple, oak, pine and spruce. The thick softness of the grass beneath my bare feet.
It makes me homesick. For my youth. For my Dad who’s gone on to be with Jesus.
For walking into my parents home where I was always welcome, loved, and safe.
I want to talk to my paternal Grandmother again and hear the sound of her laugh.
I wish for a family picnic with all the cousins, aunts and uncles.
It reminds me of college days and the summer I spent on Ohio State’s campus.
These lazy summer days remind me of the excitement of the unexpected.
But life continues to breathe beauty into my soul. Even as it changes before my eyes.
My in-laws are in their late eighties and mid-nineties.
There will come a day when there won’t BE a day of “flying up to see the folks.”
And the drifting days of what was pass one by one.
But while I’m sentimental, I’m not sad. There’s still so much ahead.
I plan on living and making memories until Jesus calls me home.
This life is in internship for the next. I want to be all I can be for Him.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says it best, “He’s written eternity on our hearts.”
The past, if anything, reminds us there is a future. And to make it worthwhile, we live to the fullest.
I’m still in love with the worship song “You Make Me Brave.”
Let’s be brave in our changing world and make a difference like our ancestors did. One person at a time.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship for their annual conference. She was named ACFW 2013 Mentor of the Year. She is also on staff at My Book Therapy as their book therapist.
Rachel lives in Florida, where she is also a worship leader, with her husband and mini schnauzer.
Her novel, The Wedding Dress, was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year and is an Amazon #1 Best Seller.
Her novel, Once Upon A Prince, earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, and hit #1 on Amazon in Christian romance. It was recently nominated for a Christy Award!