Introduction: My good friend Donna Cronk has guest-blogged here before. In this post, she shares about bucket lists and hearing God for her life. Through Donna’s story, we are challenged to walk in faith and work out the good plans that God has for each one of us. Thank you Donna for the reminder that God’s blessings always abound!
When the Bucket Runs Dry, You Fill It Up Again
By Guest Blogger Donna Cronk
Fifty was a cliché for me. I felt old, dated, and wondered about my purpose. Besides that, my feet hurt due to a medical issue and some days, I could barely make it to the office copier.
My husband and I had spent years caring for elderly parents and raising two sons—all at the same time. When I was 50, all of our parents had passed on and the boys were itching to leave the nest and start their adult lives. Where did that leave me, I selfishly wondered. I mourned mightily for their childhoods and teen years.
Then it was an unexpected comment from my husband that inspired me to consider that my life was far from over, that there could be interesting things ahead, and that I might just survive the empty nest after all. He said this: “I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather live after we retire than your hometown of Liberty, Indiana.”
His comment led me to consider what my life might be like if we went home – someday. I thought it would be great to open a bed and breakfast. So I opened one – on paper – with a story that became a bucket-list dream to see it published. In 2014, I released “Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast” on Amazon, in print and for Kindle, and my bucket list started running over.
For the past 14 months, I’ve given programs to home extension and book clubs, social and service groups, at mother-daughter banquets and to anyone who asks if I would be her speaker. The Lord eased my transition into a new phase of life by giving me a new role and purpose: that of author, that of telling women that they can live their dreams, that they should fill their bucket lists.
And I tell them my new dream of publishing a second book in 2016. Well, that all sounds uplifting and hunky-dory, until I came to … this moment.
Today, I find myself at another transition point. I have nothing (nothing!) book-related on my calendar. Of the thousand business cards I have handed out, of the hundreds of Facebook posts and emails, no one at present has signed me up to speak of bucket lists and fulfilled dreams. So of course I wonder if “the book” is finally over.
And I am struck by the irony. Today, I’m left to step up to my own plate; to live out what I have told hundreds of women to do over the past year and nearly a half: To ask God to show me what’s next; to give me dreams, goals and passions. He may have some new territory for me ahead where I’m able to keep spreading this message. But it could be, this particular message is over.
The Lord may be giving me a time out to seek His next assignment. He may well be asking if I am living my own message of trusting Him in the midst of uncertainty. Do I really believe He has a purpose for me in every season of life?
So I’m listening, Lord. I want to do your will and fulfill your purposes for my life. I’m open to exploring whatever territory you place before me.
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Donna Cronk is a career Indiana newspaper journalist. She blogs about her book projects on a Facebook page called Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast by Donna Cronk. Her book is available on Amazon. She is married to Brian who is retiring from 40 years in education. That will be another transition for both of them.
7 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Donna Cronk / When The Bucket Runs Dry, You Fill It Up Again”
Enjoyed reading this post very much. I am so excited to see where these new transitions lead Donna.
Marilyn… You have been a special part of Donna’s book journey. I am also looking forward to the stories that come out of the transitions!
Thank you fore sharing Donna’s hope for the future Debbie , her focus is very good because it is on the Lord and so she has Hope that won’t disappoint.
I have had a few Doors close this year but I know that when God opens one the pathway will be clear and it will be going in the right direction, I need to be patient and wait for His leading.
Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.
Anne… To know God’s will for our lives is to know peace and joy for today and an excitement for the future! Oftentimes, God stretches our faith as we discover His will.
As we can see confirmed in the Scriptures below Debbie and in others, God does not make it hard for us , we do this to ourselves or Satan does and those in his control do, also life happens, like accidents and illness etc
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
God tells us when we seek Him with all our heart we will find Him and by the indwelling Holy Spirit we will know His will for us ( see below)
Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.
Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV)
Blessings – Anne.
An inspiring story of unwavering faith. That there is hope. That we all have a purpose and that our lives have meaning. In everything, we need God to guide us, bless us and show us the way. Many times, the road is uncertain, dark and scary but the Lord was and is always there to make sure we find our way. Wonderful post. Thank you. God bless.
Island Traveler, I will make sure that Donna sees your comment. Donna is one of those people that seeks out God’s will in every area of her life: family, work and personal. And she is willing to take the “scenic route” with God even if she can’t see the destination!