Thursday, July 07, 2011


By Janet Chester Bly

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Jan Grueter and I were on our way to a womens’ retreat in Washington and stopped to get our hair done. The stylist croaked out his greetings as he clipped a wrap around my friend’s neck.

“You don’t sound so good,” Jan said. “Are you sick?”
“I sure am. I think I have the flue.”
“We stole a look at each other, then she offered, “Maybe we should come another time.”
“Oh, that would be great. I just want to go home and collapse.”

Road To Palouse Falls by Brian Forrest
We were glad to get away from his germs. However, we had dippy hairdos and headed to an event where I would speak and my friend would assist me at our book table. We drove on down the highway. . .until we came to the Palouse Falls sign.

“Hey, I’ve always wanted to go there,” Jan remarked.
“So have I, but we never have time.”

Palouse Falls from the top
Since we had several extra hours that day, we turned off for this side trip. Over a high bridge. Past some donkeys in the tiny village of Starbuck. And we didn’t mind a bit when it began to drizzle. Wouldn’t hurt our coiffures as we overlooked the canyon and falls.

Palouse Falls by Cindy Kassab
When we arrived at the conference grounds, we fussed with each other’s hair and pronounced that we looked fine. Just fine. But we’ve never forgotten that serendipity. . .our detour of delight. And we realized we really can ‘make do’ when we have to.

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders” (Psalm 9:1).

When has life derailed you and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise?

taken from "31 Ways To Win The Fight For Personal Peace" available as a free download at


Awakening Your Sense of Wonder

by Janet Chester Bly 


Trinity Rose said...

This is a fantastic post. You never know when something doesn't work out as you think it should. It could be God directing you to something better.
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Janet Bly said...

Trinity Rose: Thanks so much for your note. So glad you enjoyed this article.