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4 Things I Learned this Fall

Every season we spend a few moments reflecting on the things we’ve learned. Fall felt deep rather than wide, but it was so very good.

Every season teaches us something if we pay attention. What are you learning this fall?

I love the water.

This is only half new as I’ve always known I love the water, but I discovered something new. It’s not only the ocean water. I took a new trail on a recent hike and it led to me to a large stream. I smiled like a little girl. I walked slower and happier, enjoying the sound of the water moving or the feel of the still places.

After posting a video on Instagram (see that here) my friend wrote a comment that was an a-ha moment.

Someone once said to me, “Do you know why you love the ocean? It is because the Voice of God hovers over the waters and all the waters flow into the ocean.”

It was beautiful and simple and rested well in my spirit. Ocean, stream, or even rain on my roof I’ll always think of the Voice of God hovering over the waters and I will exhale.


Do something new.

This one is really a double. I went to a Christian Writer’s Retreat called reNEW. It was stepping out of my comfort zone because it meant investing money and time in my writing. It was a big step, and I am so glad I took it. I left rested, refreshed and refueled.

While there, I saw there was a Labyrinth. I had never done anything like this; I didn’t even know how spiritually sound it was. But I chose to let God lead me. It was a beautiful time of prayer, but more than that a time of quiet and listening to God. Want to know what He said?

You don’t always need to look to the finish line. Just follow me. I will guide you gently and I will not let you fall.

It was amazing. If you every have the chance to walk a Labyrinth quiet your spirit and walk with Him.

Sometimes we just need to walk a labyrinth with Jesus.


We grow up.

Most days I feel like a little girl walking around in my mom’s high heels. Somehow I think that this whole adulthood thing is just a great big game of dress up. But I’m realizing how wrong I am.

I am already anticipating my oldest entering her teen years and my youngest making the leap to double digits next year, all while my middle child decided to go get a job that pays him real money. And next year my hubby and I will celebrate twenty years of marriage, which seems impossible since we’re still twenty and just figuring this married thing out. 2018 is going to be a big year. I know the clock hands are moving.

Somehow all that is still on the horizon. I can see it and know I’m getting closer, but the thing that surprised me was the invitation to my twentieth reunion this fall. It surprised me, and I found myself counting to see if it was really true. Well, that and doing a little recon. I wrote all about it here. I’d love to know what you think.

The reality is we grow up. And we are blessed to be able to say that. I’ve made a decision to count blessings instead of grey hairs.

My love for words is lifelong.

Writing them or reading them, I find joy in both. So much so that I’ve been sharing things I read here, and I have a great surprise coming!

In December I will host Book Week here at My Ink Dance. A week dedicated to all things books, from fiction, to devotions, to family favorites and a few more things in-between, I’ll share some of my favorites. Make sure you’re subscribed now so you don’t miss it! That’s all I can say for now!

I’m going to save a few things I’m learning for my annual review at the end of December. If you want to check out last year’s you can see it here.

I’d love to hear about something you’ve learned this fall. Comment below and keep learning, my friend!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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  1. V. Lewis

    Hey Becky, so glad you went to a writers retreat this year. It’s great to get out and meet other writers. As for getting out of your comfort zone, sure it’s the only way God can grow us, but I love that you also heard from Him that it’s OK to slow down and still finish the “race.” Much congratulations on your upcoming 20th wedding anniversary! 2018 definitely sounds like it will be a great year for you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Vanessa! It will be exciting!

  2. I loved that reflection about water and the sound of God’s voice. I have always loved the ocean too. And I’m so glad you got to go to a writers’ retreat and found it beneficial.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Wasn’t that a great reflection?! Thanks so much for being here 🙂

  3. I love water too, Becky, and have never considered that verse in correlation with my love of water. Actually, what I love is the sound of water. So soothing–which is so very much like God! And I too went to a writer/speaker retreat for the first time this past summer. I think the best part about that experience was getting to meet face-to-face many of my blogger friends! I’m glad you had a great experience at your retreat as well.

    1. Becky Hastings

      That’s so exciting to meet blogger friends face-to-face! I hope you had a wonderful time!

  4. I loved walking the labyrinth that weekend too.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Such a great experience! The whole thing was awesome!

  5. Dear Becky, I love water and words, too! Trying new things is frequently hard for me, but I remember God has called us to lives of learning and growing, not stagnation. Growing up? Being a couple of decades ahead of you, for me it’s more about letting go and savoring the moment. I’m so glad I stopped by today! Blessings XOXO

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yes! Letting go is such a huge part of growing up! When we let go of the black and white of life we make room to see so many beautiful colors!

  6. An ocean girl from California, I moved to Arizona. Imagine my joy to find lakes, beautiful bodies of water to enjoy. I feel closer to God, somehow, near the water. I loved the quote about God’s voice hovering over the water and will reflect on that whenever I’m at the lake or the ocean.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s amazing to think about!

  7. me, too, becky, I’m still 20, too!! Loved this whole post and pray for rain in CA and mostly pray I’ll hear God’s voice hovering, even if just the sound of my DW doing overtime due to holiday baking. you blessed me this morning. (I’m actually 65…and still married.)

    1. Becky Hastings

      That’s so awesome Sue! Marriage is a gift, sometimes we forget that. And praying for just the right rains in CA!

  8. Oh, you had me at loving the water, Becky! A few years ago we moved to a little town tucked in betweenan ever-changing bay and the ocean deep. I’ve never been happier or more at peace …

    Thanks for sharing November with us … fun to visit with you from Holley’s place!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Love, love, love your description! “A little town tucked in between an ever-changing bay and the ocean deep” I’m packing my bags now 😉

  9. Oh my friend…the days are long and the years are short! You are entering warp-speed seasons with those kiddos. I am going to my 50th High School reunion in the spring. 50. The year of Jubilee! I’m hoping Jesus comes back first. LOL!!! Love reading your blog.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I can’t even imagine! I was thinking the other day and realized my oldest may only live here (full time) for another five years. That feels terrifying for me and exciting for her! LOL

  10. Love that phrase, “counting blessings, not gray-hairs.” It was fun to hear what you learned. Never done a labyrinth before, and now I am curious about them. Stayed at a retreat with one, but never had time to check it out. Will make time next time. And glad you enjoyed the writer’s conference.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Theresa. And the Labyrinth was worth it!

  11. I loved each of these reflections. Today the word which God has been repeating to me is “time”. Every day is a gift. May we enjoy this time He has given us.

    1. Becky Hastings

      YES! Everyday is a gift! You are so right Joanne!

  12. Hi Becky, I know what you mean about growing up … as of tomorrow, I will be the parent of two teenagers, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around that idea. My husband and I have been married for almost 24 years, which is weird since weren’t we just 30? 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, my friend!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Right?! It was yesterday that we were in college I think. That’s about as far back as I’d go…you couldn’t pay me to do high school or middle school again!

  13. I’ve never heard of ReNEW before. Sounds like a good one. So glad you were able to go and renew your mind and heart and calling. — I adore the ocean. Love just walking along the shore. I feel my smallness there. I feel His bigness. It balances me. 🙂 — Sounds like you have a big year of celebrations coming up next year. I have one more year till my 30th high school reunion. Crazy town! Somehow we grow up while we’re getting children grown, don’t we? — Can’t wait for the week of books! yay. 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful Advent season, friend. xoxo

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love how you describe walking by the water! It does bring balance, doesn’t it?!

      And 30 years?! No way! I don’t believe it 😉

  14. I love water, too, Becky. All kinds. It brings peace to my soul. So glad you attended a writer’s retreat! Praying your ministry expands and thrives as you use all you learned! ❤️

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you so much Dianne! That is so thoughtful!

  15. I would LOVE to walk a labyrinth! Beautiful photo and words. And happy anniversary!! It is good to read of a being slowing down to listen. To stop and observe in a fast paced world is equivalent to teaching a minnow to swim down stream I think. It is not the norm but full of life and adventure. I pinned this post too on my bookworm board. Have a Merry Christmas!!

    1. Becky Hastings

      So glad these words resonated for you. It’s so nice to know that we can all keep learning from life and one another 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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