The Dictionary defines inspiration as “the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions; a person, place, experiences that makes someone want to do or create something.”
With everything going on in the world we all have had to adjust to the reality that we need to stay home. As a result, we have gotten creative in our homes to keep chaos at a distance.
We’ve put together puzzles, played board games, gone for walks, looked at picture albums, exchanged recipes, organized closets, and much more. It has been a time for me to slow down and look at picture albums from the past.
Taking a trip down memory lane…
Although life has slowed down; I still have times in my day that I need to hit the reset button. Maybe go on a walk by myself, catch up with a friend on the phone while sitting on my porch or hide from my children in my closet with a really great book.
How are you spending your time? Are you drowning yourself in coronavirus news or are you finding time to escape?
After my kids are done with their distance learning schoolwork, they on occasion have said to me, “Mom, what should I do? I’m bored” I look at them and say, “find a book and lose yourself in it.”
I say this to them with a voice that leaves you thinking…maybe it’s possible to lose yourself in a book? My point to them is to allow a book to inspire you, to take you someplace else or become someone else, just for a while. I believe it’s magic, but you need to give yourself time to do so.
When, was the last time you read something that inspired you, gave you hope, and strengthened your faith? For me, it’s been recent, and I want to share it with you.
I love books that move me and my emotions, maybe its empathy that leads you to cry for someone or a giggle that makes you smile because of something funny you read. Regardless, it is all an escape from the burdens we suffer each day.
The book I want to share with you is titled,
Hope Upon Impact by Julie Overlease
This book is about Julie’s twelve-year-old daughter, Evelyn, who on an April day suffered a blow to her head from a cracked heavy tree limb while protecting her sweet puppy. While reading this true story I couldn’t help but empathize with Julie as a mother. The unimaginable pain and sadness followed by the great gift of love and support from a community.
The details Julie shares and the pictures inside the book, tell a remarkable story of how love can move mountains. This book reminds us that miracles do happen and even when we are faced with challenges, we need to have HOPE. This true story is inspirational and that is why I want to share it with you.
We all know life can change in an instant, we are all witnesses of that every day as we navigate the coronavirus. But what keeps us moving?
I think it’s FAITH, it is the belief in something or someone bigger than us. Here is an excerpt from the book I want to share with you written by Julie Overlease.
We are all on a spiritual journey. We take baby steps toward growing the seeds of our faith more often than making leaps and bounds. As every adult knows, the roads we encounter in life are winding, with hills and valleys, and a few dead ends, and they are sometimes terribly rocky—utter mountains. God never promised his people a life devoid of suffering. The good thing about our journey is that we only take one step at a time, and God is with us each step of the way.
When a tragedy happens in our life, we all have a choice; we can panic and allow fear and worry to consume us or we can take a step forward knowing we are not alone. We can turn our trials over to God and ask for his help. We can reach out to our family, school or church community and ask for prayers and support.
The release date for Hope Upon Impact is April 20th, 2020.
Here are a few places you can purchase the book.