Write 31 days- Day 1

Write 31 days- Day 1

Hello everyone,
I am taking some baby steps to being brave this month. First endeavoring to write either here or on Instagram every day for the whole month of October.
Every year there is a Write31 days challenge. Taking every day in the month of October to write something. Whether it’s a random post on social media, 300 or 3000 words for novel, or simply responding to a prompt someone has specifically made for this writing challenge.

So here goes…

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Day One

Everyone has a story, you were created and formed and living your life. Your stories are what make you who you are.
Seasons in our lives are like chapters in a book. Sometimes we are just slogging along, you know those book that have parts that get bogged down. Or the chapters that seem to be nothing but background and set up for what is to come. That’s you, that’s me.
We all have times in our lives where we feel like we are just getting by. We all have those beginning chapters, or flashback chapters that form our foundation.

Then there are the plot twists. Especially with mysteries. Things we can’t see coming as we are reading along. But we all love the stories where the main characters overcome loss and, or hardship. Where they find love, where they succeed and win at this story of life.

My story is pretty boring by some standards. Pretty fun and exciting by others. But the one prevailing thread that has always run through it, is writing, reading, singing, make believe. There was lots of make believe in my younger days, I was the youngest by 11 years. So mostly an only. I had friends but there was a lot of alone time. Time to create plays from books for our parents, time to write and read.
I still have those very early stories. Written in pencil that has faded over the years.

The writing, reading and music took somewhat of a backseat in college because I just never thought I could do that and study. Note to younger self, find some that believe you can do that and learn from them. As in a novel, sometimes the action shifts.

Deciding to follow after Jesus and realizing my need for a Savior has only enriched my life story. Still there are struggles. As with a novel there have to be some conflicts for the character, otherwise it lacks substance and growth for both the flow of the novel as well as the characters involved. It allows the reader to feel empathy or sympathy for that character. And maybe some recognizable traits within themselves. And in the case of our life stories those times give us testimonies a ‘here is how I made it through’ type offering to others who are in that place we once were.

God has a marvelous way of drawing you back, returning you to the place of dreams. Because, after all, whether you are a believer or not, He is the one who placed those dreams and gifts within you. In a story there is usually change in one or more characters. Just as in life, a good character isn’t stagnate, your life isn’t stagnate. Growth is stretching, it’s stepping out into unknown areas. Or areas that at one time felt familiar and known and possible. But as we grow up those previous things sometimes get over shadowed by simply growing up and becoming an adult. With adult responsibilities.

God has nudged me ever so gently back to creating.

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I’m stepping out, taking baby steps to being brave. Some know I write, some have encouraged me beyond belief that I am a writer. Some have even taken my meager submissions and published them. So this month, I may not be consistent, I probably won’t stick to a theme. (I realized in pondering this that I have lots of ideas). I may not have pithy things to say every day. So some days will be dreck. But that comes with the territory of writing, of story, of living life. Not everything is wonderful. Many parts of life are mundane.
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But I will do my best to write something. Sharing mostly this month, the honing and practice of the craft. Sharing books. Occasionally sharing my Savior and all that that encompasses.

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Photo Credits:
-Book photo by James Bold on Unsplash
-Typewriter photo by Elijah O’Donell on Unsplash
-To Be Continued photo by Reuben Juarez on Unsplash

“When Plans Turn”

Turn-   a Five Minute Friday Prompt
Set a timer for five minutes and write. No editing, no proofing. Just write.

Ready, begin.

brendan-church-182747-unsplashWhat do you do when your plans change? When plans turn out different than you had originally thought?  Usually I fret; and it takes a while for me to see the God-thing in it.  I don’t like change.  But sometimes I do re-evaluate and then I start to see that a turn of events is okay, and completely a God –thing.  Turning to God and seeing what He wants and asking Him for clarity on a path is necessary.
His word says all things work together for good. So that means when there is change in your life, especially when you didn’t ask for it or see it coming, God still has you in His mind. He will redeem the time. He will lead you on a new path.  And that is always a good and God-thing.

Routine or Lack of One.

Five Minute Friday- where for five minutes and only five minutes you use one word and free write.

Ready…begin…

As a person of faith, my routine should be to get into God’s Word daily and often. As a writer, or wannabee writer I need to get my hiney in a chair daily and write. But, true confession, I don’t. Not always daily and with the writing sadly, a week can go by without me typing or penning words on a page.
I lack the self-discipline. I listen to the wrong voices.
But as a writer and a person of faith I need to be in the Word daily. However I get the Word in my brain and heart that is what I need. My spirit craves it. I know that in order to write about faith and hopefully encourage others in the journey that if I am not being filled up I can’t pour out.
I know I am not the only one who struggles. I know that many times I look at others and see what I want to be. I also know that sometimes I am digging in when others are struggling. This journey isn’t meant to be journeyed alone.

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FMF- “Regret”

FMF ‘Regret’

Write five minutes on one word.
Go…
“Regret”.
What a word.
Truly so much and yet so hard. The past few years there has been a lot of instances of regret in my life. Two unexpected deaths, one my only brother and my mother. Being the baby of the family by over a decade meant that I never really got to know my brother when he was growing up. And then he was out of the house when I was old enough to even be remotely interesting other than the kid sister to tease. But getting together for his memorial opened up so much I missed. And even once I was an adult, busy with my own life and he busy with his. And still the baby sister so much younger… there was just never those moments to hang out.
And the loss of my mom certainly kicked in regret. Feeling like time was never there for time with her.
But in all of that, God is still so good and so gracious. He is The Comforter. He is Jehovah Shalom. Peace. I can’t bring them back. I can’t fix the past. And I’ve learned that while I have regrets, I can’t wallow in them. Regret can be very much like anger and unforgiveness. If you wallow in it, if you don’t try to move forward, it can simmer and eventually harden your heart.
And I dare say, turn to bitterness.
That is not how God wants you to live.
So grieve the loss. Cherish the memories. Release the weight of regrets to the Lord.

End.

“When Silence Isn’t Golden”

“When Silence Isn’t Golden”

Five Minute Friday 

Five minutes, one word

Begin. 

Some say Silence is Golden, another phrase that I’ve heard is “the silence is deafening”  But how often do we actually get to appreciate the silence? Sure it can be quiet in your commute to work.  But it’s still filled with road noise outside. And of course, traffic reports on the radio might be a wise thing to listen to. 

Or even a walk in the park, most of us aren’t privileged enough to live where there is no one and nothing around. So a walk at a  local park, while empty of people, may still be filled with street /highway noise. 

But God tells us to make time for rest, for stillness.  He says “Be Still and know that He is God.” But how often do we actually do this? Even in our homes?  The kitchen may have the dishwasher running, or a washer/dryer.  

The living room, even if we aren’t on an electronic device there could still be the drone in the background of the desktop.  So not quite absolute silence. 

And then there is our own minds that need to be stilled. Difficult for most of us. But necessary to find that time.  

To Rest, to simply Be still. To quiet our minds enough so all we hear is nothing. 

As we wait for the Lord to speak. 

But what if in that particular moment He chooses NOT to speak? 

Then the silence really can be deafening and defeating.  But we can rest in Him. And know that He is still God.  And continue to listen hard for that still, small Voice. 
Stop.

FMF- “Story”

When we think of the word ‘story ‘ we often think of a favorite bedtime story from our childhood or one we read to our own children. A fairy tale. Perhaps one of the classics.

Or we think of the events of life that make up our own story. Even if we don’t think we have a story to share, we do. It might seem inconsequential, this Journey you’ve been on. The various valleys and mountains. But they have worth.
They are important. All of your stories are important. But the most important, if you are a believer following after Christ, is the story of your transformation. Your Redemption story. That is one story that needs to be told. Maybe not on paper, maybe not to the whole world. But to someone seeking. Whether they know they are searching or not.

Pray for an opportunity to share your story.

Accept the Challenge

Five Minute Friday- Write on one word for Five minutes

 

When given a challenge it is usually necessary right at that moment to choose whether or not to accept that challenge. Sometimes the challenge is made only to rile you up. Which is definitely not a God thing.  Then it’s best to back away.

Other times a challenge is there to stretch you.  To grow.  Whether in a skill or in your walk with Christ.

Those should be easy to say, “Yes.” to.   But, not always.

There is always something that keeps us held back. Our own issues and attitudes. We can be so accustomed to accepting the lies of the Enemy, and what the world says that we don’t see our true selves.  We don’t think we are worthy or capable of what the Lord may be putting in our path.

 

Even a simple thing like accepting the  task of writing for a Five minute writing prompt.  Or  writing for Five minutes every day for a whole month. An entire month, every day seems daunting.  But with a tribe walking alongside of you doing the same thing.  And cheering you on as you go what is there to lose?

Besides some preconceived notion of who you are and where you can go.  And just what you can be capable of.

 

Acceptance of who you are and Whose you are isn’t easy. And it can take time for all those false ideas  to fall away.   So I think I am going to accept and try to write every day for an entire month.  If I miss some days, it will be okay.   God is stretching me and I am okay with that.

I think.