Broken Families Need Our Love, Encouragement and Support

Every Tuesday Kat Myrman offers a photo to inspire us to write a story or poem using 140 characters or less, hence the name “Twittering Tales.” The photo prompt I used brought thoughts of brokenness, primarily of broken families. After working on it for awhile I discovered I had used last week's prompt! Click To Tweet I decided to post it anyway, because it stirred some other thoughts which I share at the end. 

 

Broken

 

Trust Betrayed

Tired of his shallow, twisted excuses, she became angry.
Hurling the goblet to the floor she screamed,
“Go! I never want to see you again!”
(139 characters)

 

Broken but Determined

Like this broken glass
A marriage had been shattered
He chose another

Not to be kept down
She worked hard for their children
Filling in the gaps
(139 characters)

 

 

Broken Relationships and Single Parenting

When divorce happens, many adjustments need to be made. It's a hard road to walk. Click To TweetThe hurt and sadness don’t just go away. Sometimes relationships are restored, but other times God has something else in mind. Even so, it doesn’t take away the fact that lives are altered in ways they never imagined. Things will never be the same.

One parent is often left with most of the responsibility and not much free time at all. Click To Tweet This reminds me, too, of single parents whose spouses have died. They also need a lot of encouragement. I’m sure they appreciate it when someone shows interest and offers help.

It’s hard enough being a parent when both Mom and Dad are involved in the lives of their children. I remember times being very exhausted at night, and I was not the sole provider or caretaker. Click To Tweet Think of having all the responsibility of the home, the care of the children and having to hold down a job. It’s not an easy way of life.

A Challenge

My challenge is for us all to look around at the families we know who might be struggling. I want to encourage us to reach out and help others, especially those who are parenting alone. They would not have chosen this but now have to work extra hard. Without judging we need to be available to help those parents who are in the role of single parent. Click To Tweet

The following scriptures exhort us to care for and share with others. While the single parent is not mentioned specifically, they would certainly be included. I don’t have a list of things we can do to help, but I’m sure each of us could think of practical things to help lighten another person’s load.

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

Hebrews 13:15-16 (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

What about you? Do you have any suggestions of ways to help the single parents we know in our families, neighborhoods and churches?

 

I’m linking up with: Kat Myrman and Twittering Tales, #ThroughProvokingThursday, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday, #TeaAndWord, #FreshMarketFriday

Home: A Place that Waits for Your Return

Tuesday is the day for “Twittering Tales.” Last week I was too sick to participate, but I’m back this week with three different offerings. I’m imagining what thoughts of home the character in the photo might be thinking. Each week, Kat Myrman posts a photo prompt on her blog. The challenge is to come up with a story or poem using only 140 characters. Click To Tweet

 

This week I have two short stories and some haiku. It’s a fun way to stretch your writing skills and use your imagination. With the “Twittering Tales” and the “magnetic” poetry I am having a lot of fun. Maybe you'd like to try it, too! Click To Tweet

 

Here’s the photo Kat chose for this week.

 

Leaving Home

With a lump in his throat he took one last look.
Saying goodbye was hard. Determined, he turned away.
He’d do his best and make them proud.
(137 characters)

 

The Big City

Big city awaits
Scary for this country boy
A new place and job

Her letters charmed him
For the first time they would meet
Would they hit it off?
(139 characters)

 

Coming Back Home

Would anyone recognize him? 16 years had passed!
Still, it was home. At least his mom would welcome him with a hug.
He was nervous but happy.
(139 characters)

 

Home is a Welcoming Place

Home evokes different images for each of us. I remember the first time I went away to college. It was always so pleasant to come back to my family. After I got married, most of my life was lived pretty far away from my parents. Still, it was a lovely thing to come back and be welcomed by loving people.

Now I live in a log house. When we go away for a vacation and come back, the first thing that greets us is the smell of the wood. It gives me such a warm, welcoming feeling.

Have you ever been away from home a long time? When you returned was it a welcoming place? Click To Tweet

 

Sometimes we may wander from our place with God. It could be through a thought, following a wrong direction, or even being engaged in something good. When our constant activity keeps us away from spending time with our Savior, we can feel lost and confused.When our constant activity keeps us away from spending time with our Savior, we can feel lost and… Click To Tweet

God Always Welcomes Us Back

I’m so thankful that He always welcomes us back with open arms ready to forgive and set us on the right path again.

I have too long neglected my morning prayer time, because I’ve let other things creep in and take my attention. Last night I determined to make those times a priority again. I started with writing some prayers in my journal just before bed last night. This morning, even though I was tempted to go straight to my computer after breakfast, I went upstairs instead and had a blessed time of prayer with my Lord.

Does this mean I’ll always do the right thing? No, I’m sure I will struggle again, but knowing that each day is a new day full of God’s mercies, I know He will welcome me back. There is no need to worry or feel like a failure. Click To TweetI just need to remember I am a beloved daughter of God. These verses from Lamentations always give hope when I read them:

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22,23)

 

 

I’m linking up with: #CoffeeForYourHeart, #ThreeWordWednesday, #HeartEncouragement

Twittering Tales Inspired by a Photo

I am enjoying this new-to-me form of creativity called “Twittering Tales.” 

 

Twittering Tales

This photo is of a collage page in my art journal. I then used PicMonkey to add a texture and words.

 

Every Tuesday, Kat Myrman shares a photo as a prompt.Inspired by the photo, we write a story using only 140 characters or less. Click To TweetYou have all week to write your stories. Last week was my first time, and though it can be a challenge it’s a lot of fun.

The picture below has many possibilities, but it took me awhile to come up with something. First I’ll share two tiny stories, then another using Haiku. 

 

 

First story:

 

Why do YOU always get to write and have the espresso?”

“Hush, let me think. Drink your water.”

“That’s it, I’m leaving!”

“Wait! I’m sorry.”
(137 characters)

 

Second story:

 

“Another work day.
We talk, make our lists.
Where’s the fun?”

“Just checking off one more thing.
Our new assignment is exciting!
You’ll love it!”
(140 characters)

 

Now the Haiku:

Loss

Drinks untouched again
Minds dwell on recent events
Can’t write fast enough

Do you remember
Last time we were together
There were three of us
(140 characters including title)

 

Join us over at Kat’s place to see what others have written and add your own, if you like.