Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

When Your Past Looms Longer than Your Future
Monday, March 18, 2019 by Debra Coleman Jeter

 

 

PLEASE WELCOME

DEBRA COLEMAN JETER

TO

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

            When my grandfather lay dying of pancreatic cancer, he remarked that he could remember his entire life in the space of a few minutes. But could he really? Of course not, but I don’t doubt that all he could remember just then took only a few minutes. Granted, he was only sixty, younger than I am now. Years later, my aunt, who died of lung cancer at about the same age, made a similar statement the last time I saw her. “Our life here really is just a vapor,” she said. I believe she was quoting James 4:14:

            What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. ESV

            Last night my husband and I watched a television show in which a man kept re-watching videos of his late wife and of their life together. I commented that though we have loads of photos, we have very few videos of ourselves, which might be for the best.

            If you’re blessed, as I am, to have spouse, parents, and children and grandchildren still in your life, we should be so thankful. If we have lost loved ones, we should cherish the memory of having had them in our life.

            Yet, I believe God wants us to live in the present. Remember when David grieved his dying child and pleaded with God to spare him? When the child died, however, he dressed and ate and moved forward. When questioned, David said:

“…But now that the baby is dead, why should I fast? I can’t bring him back to life. Someday I will go to him, but he cannot come back to me.” 2 Samuel 12: 23 NCV

            I know moving forward is not that easy. Perhaps my greatest fear is of the loss of my loved ones, and particularly at an age that feels premature to me when they have not lived as long as I hope they will. But we cannot fully live our lives as we should if we’re too busy looking back or dreading what lies ahead.

            I sit and look out this morning at a calm silvery sea with the sunlight peeking through the clouds, and I think what a glorious world we live in and what a blessing today truly is. As we read in Psalm 118: 24: This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (NKJV).

ABOUT DEBRA COLEMAN JETER

Debra Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her first novel, The Ticket, was a finalist for a Selah Award, as well as for Jerry Jenkins’ Operation First Novel. Her story, “Recovery,” was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman; and her nonfiction book Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the USA Book News Awards in the category History: Media & Entertainment. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, including The Berlinale, Hong Kong International, and Melbourne International, and captured several domestic and international awards. She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.S. and an M.B.A from Murray State University.

ABOUT SUGAR SANDS SERIES

JOY AFTER NOON

now available on Amazon)

 Joy marries a widowed bank executive caught in an ethical dilemma and misreads his obvious frustration while struggling to integrate into her new family. Inspired in part by Love, Come Softly, this novel explores the challenges of second marriages and dealing with step-children during the crucial years of puberty and teenage angst. A college professor coming up shortly for the huge tenure decision, Joy finds herself falling apart as her career and her home issues deteriorate and collide.

SONG OF SUGAR SANDS (Coming in 2019)

 Acadia Powers knows herself to be too selfish, too sinful, and too skeptical in her faith to marry a preacher. And yet she does.  God truly does work in a mysterious way. Acadia nearly lost her faith at an early age due to what she saw as the hypocrisy of her parents’ generation. In college—where the novel begins—she meets and falls in love with Peter O’Neil, who is fervent in his faith and wants to share the good news with the world. Can she reach deep enough inside, or beyond herself, to find what she needs to keep on trying, or has she made too many mistakes already?

 

 

 

 

 

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Debra Coleman Jeter From Clarksville, TN At 3/19/2019 10:58:33 AM

Here's the link to Joy After Noon in paperback: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/194888898X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 If you click on see all formats, you'll find the Kindle version also. You can find all my books on Amazon if you go to "Debra Coleman Jeter"

Jana Little From Kentucky At 3/18/2019 1:06:20 PM

Can’t wait to read the new book. Have read both previous books and loved them. Also excited to know that there will be another book in the series soon!

Debra Coleman Jeter From Orange Beach, AL At 3/18/2019 11:34:53 AM

Linda, I just wanted to thank you for having me on your website today. I welcome Linda's readers to my blog, and any comments. Debra

Nikki Wilbanks From TN At 3/18/2019 10:52:28 AM

Thank you for sharing! Is there a link to the book? Thanks!

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