This is what’s saving my life this month

It sounds dire and like the most serious thing there is when you say ‘this is what’s saving my life’. Yes, perhaps it’s a little dramatic. But then again, maybe these things are  saving us more than realize.

If this is your first time to my blog, know that the only one who can literally save my life is Jesus. He saves me. Every. Day.

There are a few things that are bringing an extra measure of peace to my life these days.

Realizing I’m a resource-er
I posted that statement on my Facebook page and a reader asked what that meant to me. Questions are helpful in allowing me to process and articulate it.

It’s not a word you’ll find in the dictionary but it describes much of what I do.

I listen to residents and employees, friends and family and find many times the conversation leads to where I recommend a book, send a link to an article or share lyrics of a song.

It was a few of those encounters on the same day that it hit me that I’m a resource-er.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you are too.

Taking a leap (for me)
I’m an over thinker and second-guesser. I don’t ask the what if’s because I’ve already imagined they aren’t good. So for me, opening an Etsy Shop and putting some of my photography on Sociey6 isn’t a step, but a leap. I feel certain I’ll make some big mistakes. I’ve priced things wrong, haven’t fully thought out the shipping process and what am I thinking that someone will actually want to buy my art?! Yes, this feels like a leap.

friends
Texas, North Carolina, Florida
TX, OK, FL, KY (most have moved since this photo was taken)

 

selfie with the nieces

Friendships near and far

It’s not hard for me to go it alone. I learned it early on as well as learning the risk of allowing others in. But I need people in my life. I need others to speak words of truth and hope to me. One friend recently told me I should get a therapist. It wasn’t harsh or mean but said totally out of love as she sees some of my emotional ups and downs more than most.

I also need the friends I’ve never met in person. The unexpected card from one that shows up in our mail box. The real outside-on-the-street mail box! Another sends a book and another messages me just to check in.

I need to see Patt’s photos of her work in Malawi and Brian’s updates from Peru. Pictures of my nieces who are scattered all over and cousins I haven’t seen since we were kids. We’re tethered by social media I’m grateful.

What’s saving your life? My challenge is that you let that question settle with you and jot down the things that come to mind to answer that question. It will change. Today’s things won’t be the same as tomorrow’s but maybe there’s one that makes the list more often. If you’re really brave, share them; blog it, tweet it, or tell a friend.

It helps us be in the present.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

12 thoughts on “This is what’s saving my life this month

  1. Jo-Ann Sassone

    I had to laugh at your “over thinker” comment and that you imagine the worst – that’s me too so I totally get that! But to answer your question about what saves me, first and foremost it would be time with God followed by friends, yoga and books. Books for sure. They are my escape and a reprieve from the issues that stress me out!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Jo-Ann, I keep saying I need to try yoga but again, I imagine the worst which is basically me falling from every pose. But I do find escape in reading. Ever since I discovered I can check out library books on my iPad I seem to always have a fiction read to escape with. 🙂

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  2. Annie Rim

    I love asking myself what is saving my life. It helps me to realize that small things are such lifesavers! Proud of you for taking that leap!!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I do believe it was you who nudged me to writing about this. Hoping it won’t be a one and done 😉 Thanks Annie xx

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  3. Valerie Sisco at Grace with Silk

    Hi Debby,
    That’s so great that you’ve taken the leap to open a little Etsy shop — I wish you much success! It’s a great idea to think about who and what mean so much to you that you can’t imagine life without them. And I love the photo with your nieces! 🙂 xo

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Valerie. I think the Etsy thing will be short-lived now that my real life schedule has ramped up. What was I thinking? 😉 My nieces are such fun but as they grow up, being together becomes more challenging.

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  4. Lesley

    Well done for taking the leap to open an Etsy shop. I relate to the overthinking and second guessing but I’m sure you’ll do well. I always like the photos you share here. And “What’s saving your life?” is a great question to reflect on.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Lesley, the question does sound like high drama but maybe we need a more serious take from time to time.

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  5. sarahgirl3

    Sometimes we have to just jump in and learn along the way. Congrats on your Etsy shop!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I think that’s my mode of learning a lot of things…along the way 🙂 Thanks Sarah.

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  6. Becky Hastings

    How exciting! You took a leap! Chasing dreams is the best kind of scary. Congrats!

    And a real note in the real mailbox…..fantastic! I want to try writing one note a month (or a week) and putting it in the actual mail. Imagine…mailbox note revival! 😉

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    1. Debby Hudson

      The leap itself is the success for me, Becky. And I know, a hand written note in a mailbox! 😉

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