Sovereign Remedy

Someone said something unexpected. The attitude was surprising–rejecting. Confounding. Hurtful.

It was like I’d been expecting a warm cookie and been given a worm. I did the best I could in the moment to sort of pass off the worm and not flinch. Things smoothed over. Eventually there was a hug. But I was left jarred, perplexed, distrustful.

The worm has lingered, like a shadow.

I see that I’ve been jerked out of denial and into unpleasant realities. There are worms, and I guess they are necessary. It is a process of living, I know, and tell myself. But I’m still jarred, perplexed, distrustful, as much of myself and choices of the past as anyone. Wondering at choices for my life from here.

Then came to this in my inbox:

Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposal, the sofest cushions to lean on in adversity. ~Robert Burton

Well, she said. Help is always provided. The worm is gone.

Starting Monday out right…
Dear God, thank you for this brand new day. I don’t know what’s going to happen today, but I walk on, knowing that I am cared for and guided, and no matter what it looks like, I have all the love and wisdom that I need to deal with any person or situation. What others think of me does not affect me. I live my own life well. I am filled with hope and patience, and gratitude for every good thing. Thank you! Amen. So it is.

5 thoughts on “Sovereign Remedy

  1. Oh, I hate that you were given a worm instead of a warm, gluten free cookie. I guess we all get worms time and again which is such a bummer. When it happens to me, I have to look deep inside myself and make sure the worm hasn’t burrowed its way into my soul. I love you darling girl. Hang in there.~~Dee

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  2. I do believe that any woman can relate to your worm. No matter if you are in the role of wife, mother, daughter or sister. We have all been there looking for the cookie and ended up getting the worm, (Somtimes with the sting of a snake bite!). But no one can put those feelings into words as eloquently as you do!!. Thanks for letting us all know that we are not alone when we encounter that unexpected worm, and that we can look within ourselves for the reason to “Chin Up Honey” and go find that cookie on our own!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  3. I had a very wise Mom (the older I get, the more I know how very blessed I was), and she would say that when you got an unexpected “worm”, to look deep inside the person, where your human eye couldn’t see, and find “the God wink”. That always, always, always, God was inside that person and if I would just look, I’d see the “wink”, get the lesson I was meant to get, and move on without such a big “sting”. Having said that, I too, am taken aback at times and it seems that the more open my heart becomes as I age, the more I feel the “worm”. But, in a strange way, I think that’s good. It means my vision is becoming more discerning, less interested in the “drama” of the moment, and more quickly able to move on. Does that make sense?
    Also, I would say that without knowing you personally, but knowing your books, you are a very gentle soul that would never knowingly “spit out a worm”, so that makes it a bigger sting in the moment….
    Just know that when my life was brutally hard in 2011, I re-read ALL the Valentine books, mmmmm about 5 times each. There is such KINDNESS in those books. You have made and still make a whole lot of us women out in the world feel soothed. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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    • Miss Becky, What a KINDNESS you give me, and my readers, to share the blessings from your mother and yourself. I recently heard the phrase: ‘find the treasure in the trial’. I think doing this is a process of learning each day. 🙂 I can say that I did look for the lesson, finding many!, doing so in prayer and, as you say, letting go of drama. Let go or get dragged, and as we age, we learn to let go more quickly.

      Thank you for letting me know that I have achieved my highest hope, which has always been to give the comfort and pleasure with my stories, as I have received from reading the works of other writers. You give me a high honor indeed.

      Blessings, CurtissAnn

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