Define your wilderness before you can redefine your wilderness.

Dearest Reader, 

We have planted seeds, potted plants, and put several flowering beauties in the ground. I’m dreaming of Peonies, Dahlias, Poppies, and Zinnias. I am not a gardener. I do not like bugs, dirt, sweat or the chance encounters with a slithering critter evoking screaming and my Sweet Man running to me.

But, cultivating beauty in the wilderness requires hard work, sweat, foot stamping,  and no few tears.

However, to live here and thrive in The Wilderness Place I need beauty around me. Birdsong, butterflies, and buzzing bees. Hope for the seeds planted to flourish and grow. 

Before we can redefine the wilderness, we must first define our wilderness.

To define the wilderness, we need to ask ourselves several questions.

  1. What is that thing that keeps you awake at nights? A worry, habit, grudge, a loved one, financial distress/disaster, grief, or a volatile marriage?
  2. A physical illness wrecking you with chronic pain?
  3. Is there a secret, perhaps a secret sin, that you are holding close?
  4. Where do you feel hopeless? Joyless? Ready to give up?

Not every wilderness looks or feels the same.

At some point in our life, we will experience the wilderness. Some of us will not have any other choice but to stay in the desert. 

How we choose to live here will allow us to wither and wilt or flourish. The hard decision to live well and thrive will redefine the wilderness.

Giving up will lead to wilting, depression, anger, and darkness.

Choosing to thrive, choosing to redefine our wilderness will fill us with peace, joy, and hope.

I am not saying it’s easy. No, it is hard. There are days where one may take two steps forward only to fall back six or ten steps the next day.

If you are sitting on the fence, allowing the circumstances to choose for you, a light wind will send you reeling. One storm, then another, and another, and you will find yourself sinking.

At one time or another, I have done both.

I’m with you; I understand the depth of pain, hurt, and hopelessness.

Stay with me, and I promise to do my very best to guide you as we redefine the wilderness.

We will begin by sowing seeds of hope, peace, and joy.

Once we have sown the seeds, we will learn ways to nourish the seeds.

Over the next few days, take some time to define your wilderness.

Journal through question four: “Where do you feel hopeless? Joyless? Ready to give up?”

As you think through your answers, feel free to email me at tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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