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The Summer of Unpredictability
8/19/2020 9:00:00 AM by: Barbara Latta

 

 

Life has not been the same since the turn of the calendar in 2020. COVID-19 changed the world and the way we live life, meet with friends and shop. We discovered new ways to combat boredom, stockpile supplies, worship and go to school.

One benefit to me was our granddaughter spent five weeks with us in March and April due to her parent’s work schedules in the medical field and her preschool closure. Since they live in another state, I treasured this time with her because we don’t see her every day.

Then the summer of unpredictability began with employment changes for my husband, too. 

His company contracts with the Army to teach courses to soldiers before they deploy. Because his job is at an Army Reserve base, there are not as many soldiers who need this education at this location. And due to COVID, classes stopped completely. 

The re-assessment of the contract necessitates relocation for at least one year to Camp Humphreys, South Korea, which is the largest overseas active duty base in the world. The unpredictable aspect of this is no definite departure date. The Army placed a travel ban on all moves other than essential personnel needed for military stability. We wait and plan as each day passes. 

My summer calendar contains anticipation of an unknown date that will uproot our lives for a short time. The questionable date creates a chaotic list of preparation such as when and how to close the house, locate someone to do yard work, take dogs to our kids, and decide what to pack. 

This also means I will miss my monthly Word Weavers meetings with my close-knit group of fellow writers. The personal camaraderie will be replaced by email and Facebook messages to keep up with their lives. 

When my husband told me the news of the job change, I had a fit. Yes, I did. Then I had to repent. But after I calmed down, I knew no other choice was available and I had better find the good in this move. So, I made a list of the positives:

            Opportunities to experience a new culture

            Opportunities for new writing ideas

            Opportunities to meet new people and hopefully some other writers

            Opportunities to see our missionary son in Hong Kong

We WILL be coming back home.

Our topsy-turvy springtime demanded lifestyle changes that continue. Our dependence upon technology controls us too much, but in this case, I am thankful for communication methods while we are quarantined in our homes. Computers and the internet will help my husband and I keep in touch with loved ones back in the States.

Comfortable lifestyles can fool us into thinking we are secure where we are. That life goes on as planned and disruption happens to someone else. We don’t know what the next day holds, but we do know Who holds the next day. God in His omniscient wisdom and grace gives us what we need to withstand the hardships change throws at us. This worldwide pandemic broadcast a blanket of despair on the entire population. We all had to learn to deal with it. And this change in my life teaches me to take one day at a time. 

As James 4:13-14 NKJV says, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit, whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

I hope this summer provides opportunities for growth, enjoyment, and blessings for all of you and any unpredictability in your life finds the solution you need.

How do you handle unpredictability in your schedule? 

 


Barbara Latta is the author of God’s Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders and has contributed to several anthologies and written for online devotion and article sites. Her latest contribution is to The Power to Make a Difference published by Lighthouse Bible Studies. She also writes a monthly column in her local newspaper, The Pike Journal-Reporter, and is President of the Conyers, Georgia Word Weavers chapter.

Barbara works as a paralegal and loves to travel, garden, snap photos and ride with her husband on his motorcycle. She is studying through Charis Bible College to help her attain a deeper understanding of the scriptures and is working to begin a teaching and speaking ministry.

Her desire is to share the truths she has learned through the Word of God to help those in bondage to negative emotions become free and have an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. Her blog can be found at www.barbaralatta.blogspot.com. You can also connect with Barbara on Twitter @barbaralatta, Instagram @ blatta2 and follow her on Facebook.
 

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Barbara L. Latta From GA At 8/24/2020 3:06:30 PM

Thank you all for your support and wonderful feedback!

Marilyn Nutter From Greer SC At 8/24/2020 2:03:49 PM

Barbara, Unpredictable is a mild headline here! You have quite an adventure ahead of you. So glad you can rest in knowing God has gone ahead of you. I'm looking forward to reading your posts about it. Blessings,

JD Wininger From Texas At 8/19/2020 6:01:16 PM

Ms. Barbara, no matter where you are ma'am, you and your family will be in my prayers. A couple of tips about South Korea: 1) The egg sandwiches just outside the gate to main post are pretty safe. 2) Don't drink the soju when offered. Enjoy the scenery when you can, the culture, and share your deep

Kathy From colorado At 8/19/2020 5:30:28 PM

It sounds like a wonderful opportunity! But I sure understand the uncertainties, and concerns! I hope it turns out to be a wonderful adventure.

Pat Tiffany Morris From Iowa At 8/19/2020 3:36:34 PM

I can relate. My husband recented retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and he often says that it would have been an early retirement should this have happened during his time at work. Or he may have been transferred even in his 6o's, to another location. Thanks for this.

Jeannie Waters From Macon, GA At 8/19/2020 10:07:04 AM

Barbara, I enjoyed your post and learning about your new adventure. God surely has many blessings in store for you. I hope I remember your Christ-centered focus the next time I face unpredictability.

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5/5/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Tina Hunt

Using Flash Fiction to Test Your Ideas
4/28/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Tez Brooks

How to Prepare for Your Book's Release
4/21/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Ginger Monette

When God Gives You Manna
4/14/2017 11:00:00 AM  by: Sherri Stewart

Why You Won’t Submit that Piece I Asked For
4/7/2017 3:45:00 PM  by: Lori Hatcher

How to Decide When to Self-Publish and Advice from One Who Has
3/31/2017 8:00:00 AM  by: Diane E. Tatum

Faith In Process: Why Prayer is Essential to Our Writing
3/24/2017 8:00:00 AM  by: Terri Rhoden

Writers Are a Strange Lot
3/16/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Lori Hatcher

When Balance and Writing Don't Co-exist
3/9/2017 3:30:00 PM  by: Heather Iseminger

Six Blogging Trends for 2017
3/1/2017 11:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Six Things to Do When You Want to Give Up
2/24/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Maresa DePuy

Faculty Interview with Heather Iseminger
2/22/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Susan Reichert
2/21/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Linda Gilden
2/20/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Tina Yeager
2/19/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Beth Patch
2/18/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Karen Ball
2/18/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Erin Taylor Young
2/17/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Dawn Anderson
2/17/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Dan Walsh
2/15/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Nancy Lohr
2/14/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Natalie Gillespie
2/13/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Shana Asaro
2/13/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Dr. Dennis E. Hensley
2/12/2017 8:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Bethany Jett
2/11/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

Media and Promos with Punch
2/11/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Kathy Bruins

Faculty Interview with Lindsay Brackett
2/10/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams
2/9/2017 1:30:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Eva Marie Everson and Mark Hancock
2/8/2017 10:30:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Edie Melson
2/6/2017 3:19:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Eddie Jones
2/3/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Hannah C. Hall
2/1/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Cyle Young
1/30/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Kristen Stieffel
1/28/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Bill Watkins
1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Glimpses from the Writer’s Glossary
1/23/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Linda Gilden

Faculty Interview with Torry Martin
1/20/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Marti Pieper
1/18/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Shellie Arnold
1/16/2017 11:15:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Writing a Standout First Page and Blurb
1/11/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Shana Asaro

How to Evaluate Your Options
1/9/2017 2:15:00 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Faculty Interview with Linda Glaz
1/6/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Continuous Critique Track?
1/4/2017 9:25:00 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

Faculty Interview with Lora Zill
1/2/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Laura Petherbridge
12/30/2016 10:05:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Interview with Katy Kauffman
12/28/2016 9:46:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Interview with Kristen Hogrefe
12/26/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Ben Wolf
12/23/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

5 Reasons to be a Word Weaver
12/21/2016 11:26:00 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

Finding Your Tribe
12/19/2016 10:28:00 AM  by: Katy Kauffman

Faculty interview with Angela Hunt
12/16/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Alton Gansky
12/14/2016 9:10:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Cheri Cowell
12/13/2016 8:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

A Silent Retreat
12/12/2016 10:26:00 AM  by: Laura Petherbridge

How to Get More Readers Using Libraries and Magazines ( A Class Offered)
12/9/2016 10:39:00 AM  by: Susan Reichert

Platform is Not a Four Letter Word
12/7/2016 10:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Writing for CBN.com
12/5/2016 11:07:00 AM  by: Beth Patch

Nonfiction A-Z
12/2/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Edie Melson

Blogging for the Soul and Making a Difference
11/30/2016 5:44:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

Will I Ever Be Published?
11/28/2016 1:14:00 PM  by: Linda S. Glaz

Conquering Mountains
11/25/2016 11:19:00 AM  by: Erin Taylor Young

I've Written a Children's Book . . . Now What?
11/16/2016 3:35:00 PM  by: Hannah C. Hall

To Plot or Not
11/14/2016 10:27:00 AM  by: Nancy Lohr

Writing to Satisfy Our Insatiable Longing to Feel God's Pleasure
11/11/2016 3:30:00 PM  by: Lora Zill

The Problem with Procrastination
11/9/2016 12:00:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

Tips for Mastering Dialogue
11/7/2016 1:19:00 PM  by: Dr. Dennis Hensley

Self-Editing: The Key to Better Writing
11/4/2016 10:44:00 AM  by: Bill Watkins

Poetry: Cross-Training for Prose Writers
10/31/2016 9:48:00 AM  by: Lora Zill

Issues Writing That Matters
10/28/2016 10:06:00 AM  by: Bill Watkins

7 Trends in Book Publishing
10/24/2016 11:05:00 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Ethics for Christian Writers
10/21/2016 10:58:00 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Ministry Multiplied
10/17/2016 11:10:00 AM  by: Alton Gansky

Guidelines for Effective Networking
10/14/2016 10:44:00 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

Stay Current: Keep Italics Out of Your Fiction
10/7/2016 10:08:00 AM  by: Dr. Angela Hunt

To E-Book Or Not To E-Book: That is the question
9/30/2016 1:28:00 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Is My Writing Good Enough?
9/23/2016 9:31:00 AM  by: Tina Yeager

Look Who Is Teaching the Fiction Continuing Class
9/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Difference Between a Dream and a Call
9/2/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Lose the Parts Readers Skip
8/26/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Dan Walsh

How to Let People Know Your Book Exists
8/19/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

Advice from an Editor Regarding Your Manuscript
8/5/2016 3:38:17 PM  by: Fay Lamb

Through the eyes of an acquisition editor
7/29/2016 3:06:44 PM  by: Ramona Richards

Be a Book Influencer
7/15/2016 1:43:43 PM  by: Deborah Raney

Finding Value Through Faith
6/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Denae Haas

Never Discredit Anyone (Especially God)
6/17/2016 2:25:38 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Quote for the Quarter Hour
6/3/2016 4:22:36 PM  by: Robert Benson

Thank a Military Family
5/27/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

The Benefits of a Small Press
5/20/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Eddie Jones

12 Steps to Prevent Writer Burnout and Nurture Balance
5/13/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Write Thoughtfully
5/6/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Diana Flegal

3 Keys to Writing Bible Studies that Sell
4/29/2016 3:11:19 PM  by: Andy Lee

The Benefits of Writing Devotions
4/15/2016 3:31:22 PM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different Perspective in Crafting Fiction
4/8/2016 10:02:31 AM  by: Steven James

Some Miracles Take Time
4/1/2016 12:10:16 PM  by: Andy Lee

A Tribute to Mary Sue Seymour
3/25/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to be an Influencer
3/18/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Why Platform is Important--Now I Know
3/11/2016 1:53:35 PM  by: Andy Lee

4 Resources to Help Writers Write Well
3/4/2016 3:34:42 PM  by: Andy Lee

What's in and What's Out in Publishing Workshop
2/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

How to Write for Children . . .
2/19/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Mistakes Made After Meeting with Agents & Editors
2/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

10 Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/15/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Bethany Jett

A More Than Enough Kind of God
2/12/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

For Want of a Hook
2/10/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Dan Walsh

What Does a Writers Conference Chaplain Do?
2/8/2016 10:27:44 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Author Marketing
2/5/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Edie Melson

Move Over Clark: The Basics of Journalism
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michael Ray Smith

Tips to Get the Most Out of the Critique Track
2/1/2016 10:10:24 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Critique Track?
1/29/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

An Introvert's Best Friend (Live Streaming)
1/27/2016 4:27:39 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Who am I Writing For?
1/25/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: S. Kim Henson

The Day I Decided to Keep Writing
1/22/2016 10:24:06 AM  by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Invest in Your Writing
1/20/2016 3:52:24 PM  by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Your Writers Conference Checklist
1/18/2016 3:06:23 PM  by: Andy Lee

5 Reasons to Launch a Blog
1/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Craft Fiction with Vivid Emotion
1/13/2016 7:15:06 PM  by: Tina Yeager

Thoughts on being a Submissive Writer
1/9/2016 8:23:46 AM  by: Edie Melson

How Fast Should Your Blog Grow?
1/6/2016 12:04:56 PM  by: Edie Melson

The ART of Exceptional Editing
1/4/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

Happy New Year
1/1/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
12/28/2015 11:29:31 AM  by: Mary Keeley

Do Writers Need a Blog or Website?
12/22/2015 11:21:19 AM  by: Edie Melson

"Second-Fiddle" Characters Play an Important Role
12/16/2015 12:57:39 PM  by: Tom Morrisey

Let Them Eat Bread: An Editor's Thoughts on FCWC
12/14/2015 3:04:39 PM  by: Jesse Florea

Preparing for Promotion
12/10/2015 12:59:44 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Jesus Believed in the Power of Story
12/7/2015 10:02:07 AM  by: Dan Walsh

How to Use Hashtags in Social Media
12/4/2015 5:34:23 PM  by: Edie Melson

Where Writer Conference Connections Can Take You
12/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Lindsey Brackett

Why Should I Attend a Writers Conference?
11/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to Fight Discouragement... as a Writer
11/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

An Interview with Acclaimed Author, Robert Benson
11/18/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Nonfiction Book
11/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel
11/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

Let God Define You
11/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

10 Clues that You Are a Fiction Writer
10/31/2015 10:30:07 AM  by: Taryn Souders

The Basics of a Book Proposal
10/27/2015 3:12:39 PM  by: Kristin Stieffel

What To Wear at FCWC
10/23/2015 12:28:32 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Skinny on Business Cards
10/15/2015 11:14:47 AM  by: Andy Lee

Just Do Your Part
10/12/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

A Sneak Peek into a New Class at FCWC 2016
10/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

50 Reasons Why You Should Never Write
9/28/2015 3:14:22 PM  by: Pro Krasta Nation Publishers

The Best First Step on Your Journey to Published
9/21/2015 2:40:54 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

10 "Not-So-Secret" Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/10/2015 11:40:12 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Go Where God Leads
2/1/2015 4:24:15 PM  by: Allison Bottke

Moving From Passion to Process
1/27/2015 7:08:31 PM  by: Ava Pennington

Your Last First Conference
1/19/2015 11:57:13 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

What Is Compel Training?
1/9/2015 12:36:27 PM  by: Suzie Eller

That Agent Meeting
1/3/2015 7:44:41 AM  by: Tamela Hancock Murray

Three Problems with Point of View
12/21/2014 9:21:59 PM  by: Kristen Stieffel

How to Evaluate Your Options
12/5/2014 3:23:10 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Writing Effective Book Proposals
11/29/2014 9:37:42 AM  by: Jim Watkins

Do the Math
11/21/2014 7:49:46 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Becoming More Media Savvy
11/15/2014 11:12:20 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

The Perfect Book Pitch
11/8/2014 6:04:14 PM  by: Dawn Anderson

Moved With Compassion
10/20/2014 8:26:14 PM  by: Diana Flegal

Splickety In A Flash
10/9/2014 1:30:56 PM  by: Ben Wolf

Look into Their Eyes: Why Editors Go to Writers Conferences
9/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Ramona Richards

A Writer's Life
2/21/2014 1:32:01 PM  by: Dan Walsh

The Good, The Bad, and The Gutless
2/20/2014 10:16:18 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

I Want 2 Write 4 Teens
2/13/2014 11:32:07 AM  by: Marti Pieper

6 Things Writers Should NOT Say to Editors or Agents
2/12/2014 9:03:54 AM  by: Jevon Bolden

Don't Be Labeled "Dead On Arrival"
1/30/2014 10:59:22 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Imagine. Create. For a More Confident Faith
1/28/2014 9:19:18 AM  by: Lora Zill

Burnout or Balance
1/21/2014 6:42:50 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Money Workouts for Writers
1/18/2014 8:20:49 AM  by: Ellie Kay

The Tale of Three Authors
1/10/2014 9:27:11 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

Three Questions, Three Answers
1/7/2014 3:44:05 PM  by: B.J. Taylor

The Introvert's Guide to the Writers Conference
1/2/2014 8:11:05 PM  by: Marti Pieper

After Your Meeting with an Editor or Agent
2/23/2013 8:09:52 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

It's Headed Right Towards Us
2/16/2013 2:53:05 PM  by: Amber Weigand-Buckley

So, Tell Me About Your Platform
2/11/2013 8:44:17 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

How Will Readers Find Your Book...
2/1/2013 9:07:24 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Tips For Coming to the FCWC From a Floridian
1/26/2013 9:45:40 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

How to Write For Kids When ...
1/23/2013 4:06:57 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Why Take the Chance?
1/7/2013 8:43:58 AM  by: Fay Lamb

Having a Positive Influence
1/4/2013 11:55:00 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Managing Your Time
12/29/2012 10:20:26 AM  by: Rusty Wright

Are You Ready for the Conference?
12/26/2012 8:45:52 PM  by: W. Terry Whalin

Devoted to Devotions
12/21/2012 9:04:49 AM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different View of Story
12/18/2012 10:31:31 PM  by: Steven James