Middle, Beginning or End: Which is Best?

Middle is the word for Five Minute Friday this week. It's interesting how we talk about being in the middle of something. Click To TweetIt could mean exactly in the center or just somewhere between the beginning and the end.

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Lacey to the Rescue

Grandma, what happened?”

I tripped over the dishwasher and fell.”

Are you okay?”

I bit my lip, and I think it is bleeding.”

That’s what happened to me on Tuesday as my granddaughter, Lacey, and I were in the middle of preparing supper. Lacey finished up the meal and gave her brothers some food.

I spent the evening holding ice against my lip. It is surprising to me how quickly it is healing, for which I’m very thankful.

Two Grandchildren Come to Visit

Right now I’m in the middle of taking care of two other grandchildren who are staying with us for a few days. We’ve been having fun doing various things including reading and going outdoors.

One night they were having trouble going to sleep. Little Maggie said she missed her mommy. So I lay down in the bed with her. In a few minutes her brother, Liam, asked if I could come to his bed.

I ended up in the middle, because we had two single mattresses set up on the floor. Maggie was so excited and said, “Now we can both snuggle with you!” They went to sleep shortly after that. Sometimes being in the middle is the best thing! Click To Tweet

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday

 

Wait for God Rather than Rush Ahead

This year I’ve chosen the word wait as my #oneword365. I wasn’t particularly looking for a word for 2017, but this one found me. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not to settle on that word, but it popped up unexpectedly in almost everything I read. My mind would reflect on others, but this one just would not leave me alone.

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Waiting is often a hard thing for me to do. Click To Tweet It’s easy to get impatient when I have to stand in line, be put on hold or get stuck in traffic. My time is important and all this waiting seems like a waste. I have also pleaded with God in prayer for people and things close to my heart. For many of them I still wait for an answer. 

Maybe God wants me to learn to be more patient.

Recently, I was reading a post by my friend Karrilee Aggett, who gave a recap of her word for 2016. She then shared what she chose for 2017 and wrote about how she prayed for a verse to go along with it. I already had a scripture in mind for mine but could not remember the reference. Imagine my surprise when I got near the end of her post and there was the verse I needed! Click To Tweet

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

Often, I will rush ahead in my own strength to solve a problem. God instructs me to wait for Him. There are so many things I don’t know, but our God sees the future and knows what is best. Instead of worrying and trying to take things into my own hands, maybe I need to pray first.

After spending some quiet time in prayer, I have a sense of peace and calmness. It enables me to think more clearly and make better decisions. I cannot fix everything and was not meant to solve every problem. Click To TweetRather than let so much tension settle in my neck and shoulders, I need to give all those burdens to Jesus. That doesn’t take away any of my responsibilities, but it does remind me that He goes with me. He gives the strength, grace and wisdom I need to know when to wait and when to move forward.

It also helps to be in community with other people. Often another set of eyes or hands can be beneficial.Maybe I need to talk more with others to get their perspective and/or a helping hand. Click To TweetWhen we wait on the Lord and listen to each other, we can accomplish much, especially when all is done with love.

What do you think? Do you have a word for this new year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

I’m linking up with: #FreshMarketFriday, #DanceWithJesus, #MomentsofHope

Prompts: Fun Ways to Improve Writing Skills

My friend, Joy Lenton, loves to write poetry. She and I both love the challenge of working with prompts. Recently, she found some interesting ways to use her words.  Magnetic poetry is one new thing she is enjoying, and you can read her newest creation here.

Another way is a challenge every Tuesday by Kat Myrman called “Twittering Tales.” Using a photo prompt, you are to come up with a story based on the photo in 140 characters or less. Click To Tweet

Joy’s post intrigued me, so I decided to join in this week, too. Below you will find the photo and the story/poem I wrote to go with it. 

 

Photo Prompts

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An Evening Walk

An evening walk
A gorgeous sunset
Blinded by the fiery ball
They were mesmerized
In that very instant she vanished
Where did she go?
Would she ever return?
                                            ~gayl wright

 

Prompts Encourage Creativity

Using prompts is a good way to practice writing skills and use creativity. It’s fun to take time away from regular duties to try out these writing challenges. I think following a prompt is a good way to improve my writing. Click To TweetFor one thing, a prompt limits in some ways, I am forced to think more about the words I use in order to creatively convey my thoughts.

As a writer who is a Christian, I want to continually improve. I believe it will help me in my desire to encourage others and glorify God. And I also believe it pleases God when we find new ways to be creative. After all, He did create us in His image, and He is the Master Creator.
 

 

Prompts I Am Using

My first encounter with using prompts was when I started blogging over three years ago. The first post on my blog was in response to a #FiveMinuteFriday prompt. I also enjoy writing haiku, and recently I’ve been using the words from RonovanWrites  #weeklyhaikuchallenge every Monday. Now I’m jumping in with Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales on Tuesdays. Since many of my readers are also writers, I'd like to invite you to join us in these weekly prompts. Click To Tweet Just click on the links above if you are interested in checking them out.

I’m linking up with #LMMLinkup, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #ThoughtProvokingThursday

Coast Along or See the Coast

This week the prompt for the weekly haiku challenge at Ronovan Writes are the words Car & Coast. Mine came from some memories of the past.

IN THE CAR ON THE BEACH

Where I grew up in Florida there were places on the beach where you could still drive your car along the sand. This haiku came from those memories.

Riding in the car

Making tire tracks on the sand

Waves crash along coast

~gayl wright

 

Coast

DOWN THE HILL

While living in New Jersey, there was a back road with a big hill that my husband and daughters would take on their way home from school. In the winter, with snow on the ground, they would have a bit of fun. My husband would turn off the motor, open the windows and coast down the hill. Click To TweetI guess it gave them a feeling of being in a sleigh! The following haiku was drawn from those memories.

Riding in the car

Open windows, turn off gas

Coast right down the hill

~gayl wright

Be sure to check out Ronovan Writes and add your own haiku! You’ll find plenty of helps on his website.

I’m linking up with: #LMMLinkup, #Glimpses, #SmallWonder