Monday, April 15, 2019

It's Not 'Goodbye,' It's 'See You' by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
When my son was a toddler, he developed the most charming idiosyncrasy. He never simply said, ‘Goodbye.’ Rather, with his security blanket tucked safe against his cheek, his eyes drooping with exhaustion after spending a Sunday with his boisterous extended family, he’d wiggle his chubby little fingers at Grandpa and Grandma and murmur, “Buh-bye. See you.”

He never failed to add the ‘See you.’

Over time, the way we interpreted it, a type of instinct seemed to kick in. You see, he never wanted to simply say ‘Goodbye.’ Instead, he clung to the words ‘See you.’ Goodbye was too final. Saying ‘See you’ meant there’d be another gathering, more shared moments, more laughter, more joy and happiness to be found. Together. To this day—and he’s an incredible grown man with a family of his own—he remains the same. That tradition carried over. When we get together, and a parting is at hand, we don’t say goodbye. We say, ‘See you.’

Those precious moments are amplified for me now and I’m hoping that instinct will serve me well as I come to a crossroads and wrestle with a difficult decision. Five years ago to this very month, I joined the Seriously Write team as a monthly contributor. Annette Irby (God bless her – she’s truly a hostess with the mostest) invited me to participate in this remarkable blog and embrace the mission of encouraging fellow authors. Being a cheerleader by nature, I embraced the journey.

During those five years, I gained much more than I gave, believe me, and I pray I’ve succeeded in touching a few hearts along the way. The thing is, life marches in, and marches on. After a lot of prayer and months of deliberation, I’ve decided the time has come to move on. Not to say a dreaded ‘Goodbye’ but to say, ‘See you.’

My prayer for each and every one of you who visit Seriously Write is that you find nourishment, and hope. I want to thank the gifted team that works tirelessly on this blog’s quality, message, and impact. You’re God-given treasures and I’m grateful for the time we’ve spent together, not just as fellow travelers on this crazy-wonderful writing journey, but as fellow travelers on the road to creating stories that honor Christ, affirm faith, and send a message of hope into a hurting world. Sharing my thoughts with you has been a privilege.

But, remember…

This doesn’t mean I’m gone forever. Perhaps the team will welcome me back when I have the occasional spark to share. This isn’t ‘Goodbye.’ This is ‘See you.’ And until time comes, may God bless you and shine through you.

With much love,

Marianne
   
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Benjamin Fisher melds with quiet perfection into the tapestry of the Fisher family. The youngest of the three Fisher men, Ben is gifted with skills that keep machines running, crops efficiently harvested, farm structures sound and secure.

But there’s one person in the small village of Antioch, Indiana who has noticed and adored the man since her youth. Hailey Beth Thomas. Hailey Beth’s sister is marrying Ben’s brother in a spring wedding that promises to be the event of the season. Thrown together as the heady romance of an upcoming marriage takes place, love and revelation come to life.

Unknown to anyone else, Ben wants to answer a call to the mission fields of North America that will lead him far from the life he has always known. Ben longs to serve, but he wants a life with Hailey Beth as well. Hailey Beth can’t leave Antioch, but can’t bear the idea of losing Ben.

Are they meant to be together, or will God’s call pull them apart just as they’ve found a way to one another?

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Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of faith-affirming fiction who has won acclaim from critics and readers alike. RT Book Reviews named her book Forgiveness a 4.5-Star Top Pick and readers laude her books as ‘riveting’ and ‘true to heart.’ She’s a life-long resident of Michigan who calls suburban Detroit home.

16 comments:

  1. So sorry you're leaving us, Marianne, but we hope you'll return on occasion!

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    1. God bless you, Sandra!! BIG hugs, and so many thanks!!

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  2. I've enjoyed your posts so much, Marianne (even when I haven't left a comment!). Please know that you will be missed, but hopefully we'll see you here now and then. :) May the Lord always bless and guide you, sweet lady.
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Oh, what a beautiful message of encouragement! Thank you so much, Patti Jo! <3 HUGS!! God bless.

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  3. I'll certainly miss reading your inspirational blogs here, Marianne, but I'm so happy I can "see you" everywhere else!! I love watching how God unfolds His amazing plans for your life and writing ministry. Love, hugs, and blessings dear SiS!!

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    1. Love and hugs and blessings right back to you, SiS - you're a treasure beyond measure. xo <3 !!

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  4. Marianne, I'm sorry you're leaving just as I'm joining the blog, but I understand. Five years is a long time, and I know how much you've contributed to Seriously Write. I love your continuing family tradition of "See you." How precious! What I've started saying in several of my books is "Until we meet again." I love that one, too. Wishing you abundant blessings as you continue to write for His glory!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, JoAnn. You're a blessing, and so is your wonderful writing ministry. God's love and hugs, my friend.

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  5. You have been such a gift to this blog all this time, Marianne! And a gift to me as a friend for even longer! I'm so grateful to you and for you. You are welcome anytime! Big hugs and thanks for sharing your heart, wisdom, and writing journey with us!

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    1. ::tears:: Annette, you're SUCH a treasure to me - and a huge blessing. Thank you for letting me be a small part of this blog's big story!! You all are AMAZING, and I'm going to be haunting this place like a ghost! :-D

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  6. Thank you for all your messages Marianne. Enjoy life and keep in touch! :-) God bless you.

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    1. You bet I will!! Thanks so much for the encouragement, Melissa!!! God bless, and big hugs!!!

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  7. Marianne,I hate to see you go, but I also understand that there are times when we need to make changes and move on.

    You've been such a blessing to us and our readers! Wow - 5 years! That time has flown by! Please know that your faithfulness in sharing wisdom and encouragement has and will continue to be much appreciated! Hugs, friend! And see you later!

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    1. xox <3 HUGS, Dawn, and SO much thanks for being such a wonderful hostess and blessing. The time sure does fly by....leaves me breathless sometimes! I've enjoyed every moment of my time here, and since I'll be voyaging here frequently for inspiration and encouragement, I return that hearty 'See you later!' God bless you, sweet friend!!

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  8. Dear sweet Marianne,
    Thank you for the years you have dedicated imparting your wisdom to others. I will greatly miss seeing your post here. But know GO
    D has wonderful things planned for your future and we will see you and your wisdom in many other places.
    Love you tons!

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  9. Renette, you are a blessing, and a true ray of SON-shine in my life and heart. Thank you for your unwavering encouragement, support, and love!! <3 xo

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