The sun reclines back on the horizon after a full day, casting long shadows across the path I walk alone. Cold beads of fear line my brow as I strain to follow the fading path back to my group.


Why had I ventured alone so late in the afternoon? The desert air was already cooling, sending an omen of the cold night ahead.


Arches National Park had been picture perfect all day, inspiring me to peel the layer of outerwear and toss them into the back seat of our car. If I could only get to the car, right now, I would put on all my layers and those of my husband, as well.


Frantic prayers were hurled upward toward heaven as decisions were being made in my head.  Turn back? Go forward? Climb the hill and risk a bite from a snake hidden beneath rocks? Think, Diane, think!

If you would like to read the rest of this story, I am telling it over at Deeper Waters.  Would you join me?


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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