My Must Haves

Day 23 of 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “need.”

I love watching the Home and Garden channel. Property Brothers, Love it or List It, Flip or Flop, My Lottery Dream Home, Fixer Upper, and many others. My favorite is House Hunters. It always amazes me what people want in their homes and how much money they will spend.

As I discern where God is calling me next, I know I’ll be moving. After six years living in houses, I’m not sure I can go back to apartment living. I also am nervous about having to pay rent again. I’m thinking I would like a townhouse or condo or maybe rentIng a house.

The new place will have to be pet friendly…because you know, Luna and Neville. The next thing is a garage especially with my new car. I haven’t had a garage for like six years which is crazy in the frozen tundra of North Dakota. I also need a bathtub in my new place. I love stress relieving in a bubble bath and haven’t had a bath in a tub in a few years. I also would love a nice patio space and a great kitchen. I’m also thinking carpet is out.

It sure is fun to think about what my next place will look like. What are your must haves?

Our Senses

Day 22 of 31 Days! Today’s word prompt is “sense.”

Taste, See, Feel, Touch, Hear—using all Your senses.

Our senses use many parts of our bodies. Our ears to hear. Our tongue to taste and feel. Our eyes to see the world around us. Our hands to feel and touch.

How did you use your senses today? My eyes saw the road and helped me get home safely. My ears listened to the radio and to a friend while we caught up on the phone. My tongue felt the seeds I broke up. My tongue tasted the food I ate. My hands felt the steering wheel as I drove. When I arrived home, my hands touched and felt my kitties soft fur. And now I feel the weight of Luna as she lays on my lap.

We use our senses a lot during the course of the day. When I write, I want my readers to sense the experience I am writing about with me.

Some of my Favorite People

Day 21 of 31 Days! Today’s word prompt is “person.”

I got to spend time with one of my most favorite people today; my bestie Joni. We don’t get to see each other nearly enough. We met up for supper and she brought me some gifts from the past Christmas/Birthdays. (Yes it’s pretty much been that long or if I have seen her, I have forgotten her presents) She brought me some awesome new nativities for my collection.

We shared an appetizer of fried pickles. So yummy and full of flavor. I had a veggie wrap and garlic parmesan fries. We laughed. We caught up on life. It was such a joy to see her.

Yesterday I got to spend time catching up with another favorite person; my friend S. She brought her son R with her. We had a little incident where R tried to burn down the a Panera. He stuck his ice cream bucket full of cars in the microwave and then proceeded to turn on the microwave. Some of the cars were on fire. There were flames. Luckily everything turned out ok.

My momma is my fave person! Spending time with my favorite people is such a gift!

Go Tell…

Day 20 of Write 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “tell”

“Go tell it on the mountain, go tell it everywhere that Jesus Christ is born.” This Christmas hymn started playing in my head when I saw the prompt was tell. Yet we aren’t even in Advent yet. However Jesus should be celebrated every day.

I keep a nativity up all year to remind me that every day should be about Jesus. I want to tell the world about Jesus love, grace, and mercy. I want to tell the world that Jesus loves them. “Jesus loves you, this I know for the Bible tells you so.”

Tell everyone what he has done. Tell everyone what Jesus has done for you. Jesus is the alpha and omega, beginning and end. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.

“Jesus loves you this I know for the Bible tells you so…Go fell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.” (A miss mash of some lyrics)

Strength

Day 19 of Write 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “strong.”

You say I am strong when I say I am weak. These are words and lyrics from Lauren Daigle song You Say. I love this song. Too often our minds play tricks on us and tell us lies like we are weak but that’s not true.

This summer I had a really cool experience and was able to hear that I am strong. New friends spoke over me, “You are stronger than you give yourself credit for.” God gives us the strength we need.

Its late and I am emotionally and physically exhausted so I’m cheating just a little and am going to just leave this song here for you. Let the words simply wash over.

Holy Space

Day 18 of Write 31 Days and Five Minute Friday for this week. Today’s word prompt is “active.”

Music playing, youth worshipping, stories told, talent show, and so much more. I’m at our synods youth gathering and it has been very active. An awesome keynote speaker in Rachel Kurtz.

It always amazes me how God uses this time and space to bless people. Lives are changed. People come away feeling not so alone. It is one of my favorite events, watching the board plan the event from start to finish.

I got the privilege to share a story, my story and leading a workshop on grief, loss and mental illness. It is such holy space to share in these kids lives and for them to know and trust they are not alone. Thanks be to God.

Consistent

Day 17 of Write 31 Days! Today’s word prompt is “consistent.”

“The bravest thing you’ll ever do is tell your story.”—Brene Brown

It took me 18 years before I told anyone my families mental health journey. Now I cannot not tell my story. There is a consistency in being able to share it. That constant reminder that God never leaves us or forsakes us. God is that constant In our lives.

God will consistently show up when life is hard. God will show up when we are struggling and weighed down by life’s obstacles. God is the one who consistently calls you by name and claims you. That is a consistent promise I can cling too!

Without consistency, life can become chaotic and hectic. So when there is consistency, there is some calm in the world too. But again the most important constant in our lives is God,

Avoid

Day 16 of Write 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “avoid.”

Avoid=“keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something).”

There are things, people, and places we sometimes avoid in the world. Yet God calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I’m reminded how the night before his crucifixion and death, he prayed to the disciples “that they all shall be one” knowing full well that Judas was about to betray him and Peter was about to deny him.


Yet there are people some must avoid. I think of my friends who have been in abusive relationships. The best thing they can do for their health is to avoid or stay away from their former relationship especially when that person hurt them.

I try not to avoid people. But sometimes when I’ve been hurt, it’s hard to not avoid others. I’m trying to be the better person. I need to treat all as the child of God, God created them to be! But that doesn’t always mean that I shouldn’t avoid them.

Opening a Book

Day 15 of Write 31 Days! Today’s word prompt is “open.”

Open the door.

Open your mind.

Open the window. Let in some fresh air.

Open a gift.

Open a book!

Opening a book is one of my favorite things to open. I turn the pages and get carried into the story. Each character becomes attached to my heart as I read the story. What will happen? Will the story end like I expect it? Or will the ending surprise me like it did when I read Where the Crawdads Sing?”

Opening a book also has led me to be a better writer. I want my readers to feel the emotions I write. I want them to be carried along with me in my story. In order to write my story though, I must open my blog dashboard or open my journal to write the words down.

What else has opening a book done for you? Favorite kinds of books to open? One of my absolute laugh out loud while also tears streaming down my face books was written by Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Praire. It’s called “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch.”

What book are you opening at the moment? I’m reading Before They Were Us which will be followed by Educated. My to read list is always growing!

Today I’m visiting and guest posting over at my friend Mary’s place! Please join us there!

Using My Voice

Day 14 of Write 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “voice.”

I memorize the lines so I know my part for the play. I’ve used my voice to be Anne Frank’s mother, the maid Meip (the one who hid them) and also other characters in my high school’s one act plays. There was one year when we traveled to state competition that I woke up that morning with no voice. My cast mates made me not talk that day so I would have enough voice for the competition.

I used my voice in high school for speech. I would recite poetry. I have used my voice to recite poetry in my adult years too. The sound of words I’ve penned echo in my ear. A beautiful gift.

I use my voice to preach the word of God. I always start with these words “May the meditations of my heart and the words upon my lips be given to your glory and your glory alone.” It is always my prayer that the gathered community hears my every word and takes them to heart.

I use my voice also to speak out; to speak out against those things that need to be spoken against. God calls us to use our voices to be a voice for the voiceless.