Door: Pathway to New Opportunities

Before I started blogging, I was unsure of what or how to do it. It was as if a big door was looming before me that I was timid about opening. What would I find on the other side? Would anyone read my words? Would I learn from others? Could I make new friends?


door to adventure


Well, as you can tell now, I did open that door with the help of mostly my daughter and also an online group.

What a blessing it has been to me! I have made some wonderful friends, some of which I have met in person. Others I chat with nearly every day and we pray for each other. 


Reaching Out Through an Open Door


Writing poetry and sharing art has opened so many doors for me to reach out and share my life with so many. One thing I want to make sure of is that I use my words wisely. I want to be a voice for good and for beauty and to bring glory to God. This is my prayer:


Psalm 141:3 (CSB)

Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. 


I wonder where I’d be if I had not opened that door to become a blogger. Think of all the beauty and wisdom I might not have had the opportunity to share in. If you are wondering whether or not you should begin a blog, think about why and what you want to share. Then, open the door and look for the possibilities.



Other Doors to Open


There are other doors to open I have been putting off. Sure, there are unknowns, but I need to push through and take one step at a time, as I mentioned in this post where I talk about baby steps

I don’t know whether it’s because I’m uncertain or not sure how much work will be involved or whether I’m just plain scared.

At the beginning of 2018, I made this art journal page to share what some of my dreams for this year might be.  Some I have accomplished, and some I have not.



What about you? Is there a door in front of you that you are hesitating to open? What might motivate you to push through and see what is on the other side? Remember – Life is a journey. Whatever doors you open or close, make sure to do what you can to restore peace and beauty.



This is Day 11 of Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes, and the prompt word is door.


To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement


I’m linking up with: #TuneInThursday, #HeartEncouragement


10 thoughts on “Door: Pathway to New Opportunities

  1. Dear Gayl,
    I am so glad that you took that step to share your writing and your art here on your blog. I have felt that same surprise and blessing as I have followed the Lord to share through these online communities. I am so grateful for the praying and the encouraging that you have brought into my life. So many times I have hesitated and struggled to share the words in my heart, feeling that same fear and timidity that you mentioned. Thank you for inviting me to try new things and to take joy in walking through that doorway! Blessings, love and hugs to you dear friend!

    1. Bettie, I am glad I took that step, too, because I met you! You have also encouraged me when I was unsure and hesitated many times. I appreciate your friendship and prayers so much. Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo

  2. I am so thankful you did, Gayl!
    You have been such an inspiration in my life–a kindred spirit of childlike imagination and faith.
    Thank you for letting us walk with you on this journey and see your artwork.
    In fact, it reminds me of what fills my own heart–and that I need to make time for refreshing activities.
    I am never too old to sit down and doodle or paint–so when I get busy and see people like you, Bettie or Crystal displaying your gems I’m like–I want to get back to this. And it always breeds quality time with the family too.
    Love ya friend!

    1. Dear Meg, I am thankful for you, too. You are also an inspiration. Yes, we are definitely kindred spirits and I hope we meet in person sometime! Oh, it would be great if you get back to doodling or painting or whatever art you are drawn to. It’s so worth it! Blessing and love to you, dear sister! xoxo

  3. I was hesitant about having my first children’s book published. I knew I wanted to have the book published for our grandson. I stepped out in faith and the book is published. “Licky the Lizard” shares a message of hope and friendship.

    1. You give me inspiration to pursue a book. I wanted to do a photo/haiku book for my grandchildren several years ago and I just keep letting something stop me. Your book sounds like a lovely one! Blessings to you!

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