Looking Back on Life's Road

What’s Your Tough Season Score?

I’ve missed you!  I apologize for being quiet for longer than usual.  Yes, we got our daughter “graduated” and moved to another state for her internship.  We had fun celebrations with her!  Soon after, I had a ten-day jaunt to see family and friends.  So, you can see that my absence was for good reasons.  But, I did miss you and I’m happy to be back – hopefully with a more evenly-spaced blog posting schedule.  😉

Part of my time away was for our high-school girl’s trip we take each year – a group of seven women of which I’m blessed to be included.  I tasted new recipes from some healthy-eater friends, and I look forward to sharing them with you.  I’ve been lacking in the recipe department lately (so sorry), and those new recipes are spurring me on to get in the kitchen and make them, curate pictures for you, and write new recipe posts.  Happy?

With all that said, let’s move on to today’s topic, shall we?


Since December, I’ve been writing a book.  It’s not really a secret, since I mentioned it here. , but you may not have read that post.

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The book is about surviving the tough seasons.  Surprised?  As I explained in my January 1st post this year (TO BE or NOT TO BE in 2019), God gave me the book title four years ago in January.  I didn’t get the go-ahead until last December, and God was clear.  My word for the year is NOW, and NOW means write the book.  Now.  I’m several chapters into it, but as most projects go, it continues to grow.

I thought it would be an e-book, but I swaunee, if God keeps adding to chapters I thought were completed, it’ll be a hard-back real-time REAL book before long!  And that would require lots of time for finding a publisher and junk like that.  Not sure I’m up to all that.

At the beginning of the book, I list possible hard seasons that we might face throughout life.  As I made check marks beside each hard season I’d experienced in my lifetime, I was shocked to have checked all but a few.  And, I wondered . . .

Is the list extensive enough?  What am I leaving out?

Your Toughest Seasons

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I realized quickly that I should ask you for your input.  There’s no particular reason for waiting so long to ask you, but now’s the time, and here’s my list so far.

Long-term Illness
Major Move
Job Loss
Sexual Abuse or Assault/Rape
Financial Ruin
Prodigal Child
Death of a Spouse
Loss of a Close Family Member
Loss of Home and/or Possessions in Fire or Natural Disaster

Looking Back on Life's Road

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

In the comments below, please name other tough seasons not listed – perhaps ones you or your friends have encountered.  Also, if you’d like to simply list the number of hard seasons that you calculated as you read through the existing list of fourteen, that would be nice (if you don’t mind sharing).

I appreciate your help very much!

You’ll hear more about the book as time goes by, but if you have specific questions, ask away!  🙂  You know how I love conversation.

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  • Hollye Clardy

    Your list is great! I have counted 7 that I have been through.
    I might can point you in the direction of a publisher my friend used when you get ready!
    Keep up the great work!

  • Belinda

    Wow! That’s a difficult list and I have experienced many items there also. I would add loss by misunderstandings, etc of relationships whether family or friends. I am in the midst of that trial right now.
    Also blended family difficulties, depression and other emotional struggles, low self-worth, etc. Not sure if that’s what you had in mind but that’s what popped up in my head.
    Thanks for asking for the input. Looking forward to the book.

  • Diane

    Hey there Kim, glad you are back and posting again. Sounds like you had some good times. Happy for you.
    I know you have loss of a spouse but after my husband passed, I have sorta lost my identity.
    Sending you encouragement and stamina for your work.

    Blessings sweet sister,

    • Kim

      I’ll think of how I can add that in. I lost my identity after leaving work to have our first child. Sort of similar maybe, but mine was relatively short-term. You know. Busy in baby world and all. I pray you adjust and find the new you and see that you are just as valuable as always! Love and hugs!

  • pam

    I look forward to reading your book, Kim, and I appreciate your dedication to this. I would add mental and emotional abuse to the list because it’s just as much a painful and difficult season as physical abuse. ..especially if by a parent or other family member. I’m so glad you got to go on your girl’s trip and have fun. Thanks for your recipes too ;]

  • E.J

    Hi Kim, I’ve had or have six of these seasons. In addition, one of my hardest was sending two sons to Iraq. I remember praying that the Lord would return them to us but also releasing them to Him. I knew that many would die and thinking “if not mine ,then whose? ” Praise God , they are home.

    Blessings on the book! E.J

    • Kim

      Yes, praise God, they are home! It had to be hard for you during your son’s time in harm’s way. God gets us through the unimaginable, doesn’t He? Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings! 🙂

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