Thursday, October 22, 2015

When You Need to Recharge by Dora Hiers

Dora Hiers
Struggling to find a job? Feeling stomped on by co-workers? Going through marital problems? Family discord. Rebellious children. Financial challenges. Medical issues. Or maybe you just lost a precious family member or friend. All while trying to write.

You name it, and we’ve probably all faced it at some point. Pressure gains momentum as a culmination of events and issues take turns with their punches. Or it could be one major incident that knocks us until we’re staggering backward like a fighter in a boxing ring, squeezing the breath from our lungs until our vision blurs, the voices around us fading into oblivion. And words? They tumble through our head, round and round, but no coherent strings make their way onto the page.

We each handle stress differently. Some people thrive on it. Others tug the blanket back over their head and sleep. I tend to...

Run! Not run away because that doesn’t solve any problems. But run to the mountains. 

Peace speaks to my soul here. Whispers that everything’s going to be all right, that life is more than writing and books. That God is in control and that He’s infinitely greater than anything I'm facing. Being here brings God more into focus, and the pressure lifts. I can breathe deep again, liberated from the chains of worry that squeeze my chest.

If we can’t break away for a weekend, this is where I run…

Sometimes all I can manage is this...

Not quite the same, but it’s nice to escape my desk and the mountain of tasks demanding my attention and slip away for a few minutes.

This year has been crazy busy. Long hours hunched over my laptop, trying to keep the momentum going with my current work-in-progress and the extra writing related to market five books. You know how, at times, events just keep piling on your calendar until suddenly you've lost control? That was me this year, somewhere about April. I definitely needed a recharge, so we headed for the mountains over a long weekend.

How do you handle stress? Are you a "runner?" Where do you go to recharge?
I'll be in and out of Internet service for the next couple of weeks (recharging! :) ), but will check back and respond to all comments when I return. Wishing you a glorious weekend!

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him,
whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! ~Isaiah 26:3 TLB

He's my yesterday, my tomorrow, my today.
He's my redeemer, my hiding place, my refuge.
He's the grace who covers a multitude of wrongs, the beauty in my ugly, the bridge to forever.
He's the restorer of my soul, the quiet in my storm, the still water of perfect peace.
He's my champion, my hero, my rock.
He's the sweet spot in my day, my reason for being,
my very next breath. ~Dora Hiers

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Deputy City Manager Burk Harmon has always been the strong one for his family, but recently those responsibilities have dwindled. When Lacie Heatherton, Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation, ropes him into a city-sponsored trip to the mountains with fifty seniors, Burk has two things on his mind: considering a possible promotion and wooing Lacie past friendship and into a future. Lacie has emotional scars and a thirteen-year-old daughter to remind her that men can be cruel and unforgiving. Can Burk convince Lacie to relax her "no dating" policy or will he surrender his dreams of family and love?

Dora Hiers is a multi-published author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing romances. She’s a member of RWA and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers. Connect with her on Seriously Write, Fiction Faith & Foodies, TwitterFacebook or Pinterest.


  1. Great post, Dora, and I would love to run away to your beautiful spot! Just looking at the pictures relaxes me. :)

    1. Thanks, Jill! Glad my pix gave you pleasure. :)

  2. Great post! Love the pictures. So relaxing! Just a quiet evening at home with nobody there does wonders for me lol. And walking up in the mountains with my dog. And talking to God always puts things back into perspective! Thanks for a great relaxing post!

    1. Thanks, Sally! Same here. I just love lazing in the recliner with a whole evening stretching in front of me on the nights when hubby's away. Not that I don't miss him, mind you. :D

  3. Those are gorgeous photos and the verses bless my heart. I'm not a runner, but I do take walks through the woods when I'm able. The changing colors and rich scents clear my head and recharge me, too.

    Praying your year will become less hectic and stressed, dear friend!

  4. You have such an appealing local place to walk, and I love the deck setting. I'm afraid I don't handle stress as well as I'd like. I'm definitely the tug-the-blanket-over-the-head type. :)

  5. I love your back porch, Dora--so warm and inviting! Have a wonderful time recharging!

    1. Thanks, Myra. We did! And it looks like you enjoyed your trip to Hot Springs too!

  6. Dora, I've actually encountered a few of theses issues this year. Can I run to your house? Your deck and view are amazing.

    I often retreat into a story world someone else has created. A good book can alleviate a great deal of stress. Also, talking to my sis always makes me feel better. Having someone in your corner is wonderful. And of course we need to remember Jesus is always on our side.

    1. Definitely. You're always welcome here, Terri!

  7. The woods - the mountains - somewhere in nature where it's peaceful. And like you, sometimes just escaping to the backyard where I can listen to the birds and breathe fresh air. And if the weather doesn't make any of that doable - a good movie that helps me escape works wonders!

    1. Funny that you mention movies, Dawn. We don't watch many movies usually, but during our flight home, I watched four straight. Kept me awake and made the wretched 9 1/2 flight pass faster, so I can see how that works. :)


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