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Something Stronger Than a Flavoring?

This year for the Write 31 Days Challenge, I’m following prompts designed by Christian Hubbard at Creative and Free for the Five Minute Friday community. I write for five minutes each day and post my free writing here.

Prompt: Brew

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How we flavor our life.

We boil water and measure tea or coffee. Water washes over it as we pour into our pot, and we rush on to occupy our time while the tea seeps or the coffee brews. I enjoy making effective use of the moments – it is amazing what can be done in the crack moments between things in life. But are we so used to rushing to fill those moments that we fail to just take them as they are? Gifts of quiet that allow our souls to brew in the everyday things. That may sound dull and ordinary. However, I challenge you to consider the beauty and joy in the everyday. For really that is what surrounds us.

brewJust as tea flavors the water in the teapot while it brews. As the grounds of coffee beans color the water that run through them. The everyday moments flavor and color our lives as we allow our souls time to brew in them.

And then there is a concoction.

Very different then first idea.

Rather the the calming words of how our lives are flavored by the moments – this presents the idea that the combination of things together are more powerful then they may be on their own. The synergy of events or people or circumstances may be more powerful then each considered individually.

Defined as “a mixture of events, people, or things that interact to form a more potent whole,” the word  brew carries with it a sense of power.

Rather than break your life apart – dissecting it to examine each piece – consider it as a whole. Maybe the dissecting is necessary at times, but the flavor and fullness of possibilities we miss when that is all we ever do. Look at your life as a whole – each part unique and contributing something. Each part so much stronger, more potent when examined together, as the brew of your life.

Brew. A quiet flavoring? or a strong concoction? I dare to say, both!

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creativeandfreeimageGrowing my ability and skill to write is one of my goals for this year. As fall comes and schedules settle into the new normal with school and work, I am making time to grow my writing. Part of that growing is simply writing practice.

To keep me accountable as I seek to write each day, I am participating in October’s Write 31 Days Challenge. Along with others from Five Minute Fridays who are free writing for our 31 Days Challenge, I’ll be writing and posting each day in October. Check out my landing page for a list of all the prompts and associated posts as they go live. If you leave your address in the sign up space at the top of each page, I’ll send you an email with each days post.

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Paint First with Rest

This year for the Write 31 Days Challenge, I’m following prompts designed by Christian Hubbard at Creative and Free for the Five Minute Friday community. I write for five minutes each day and post my free writing here.

Prompt: Paint

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As I consider the prompt for today, the words from a song in Disney’s Pocahontas “paint with all the colors of the wind” keeps running through my thoughts. I acknowledge that there are so many more aspects to the art of paint, but when I think of painting it is with bold “wind-like” motions.

Sitting looking out the window today certainly helps to fuel the big openness sense that I have as I consider the word paint. The sun is bright and gently warming, the sky is clear and blue. Big. Bold. Yet, there too are the tiny details of paint. An artist works with small brushes and almost unnoticed shading to create the picture she paints. Such opposite concepts, the broad, yet careful, strokes of the base color of a field or the sky above it; and then the minute details of the same artist’s brush when coloring the flowers of that same field or filling the sky with clouds.

begin-with-restWhen considering the minute and the broad, which do you tend to think in?

When considering the theme of rest for this month, how you view rest in your life?

Do you paint into your life the small detail of times of rest and sleep? Or do you take the broad approach to living life from a place of rest and refreshment? At first thought it seemed a stretch to pull the idea of rest into this prompt of paint. Yet, maybe it is not as far fetched a thought as first considered. We all paint – we are coloring our lives each day with our attitudes and actions. Is the paint that you are using one of calm and rest or one of chaos and exhaustion.

As you start your week, may you consider rest – rather than a break from life, but the way you fuel your life. There are may fuels, but rest may be more key then we realize. As you paint, with whatever tools and colors are a part of your day, may the brushes of rest and refreshment be those which provide the broad strokes of the base colors on your canvas.

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creativeandfreeimageGrowing my ability and skill to write is one of my goals for this year. As fall comes and schedules settle into the new normal with school and work, I am making time to grow my writing. Part of that growing is simply writing practice.

To keep me accountable as I seek to write each day, I am participating in October’s Write 31 Days Challenge. Along with others from Five Minute Fridays who are free writing for our 31 Days Challenge, I’ll be writing and posting each day in October. Check out my landing page for a list of all the prompts and associated posts as they go live. If you leave your address in the sign up space at the top of each page, I’ll send you an email with each days post.

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Rest in the Walk

This year for the Write 31 Days Challenge, I’m following prompts designed by Christian Hubbard at Creative and Free for the Five Minute Friday community. I write for five minutes each day and post my free writing here.

Prompt: Walk

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As I begin writing for this month, I had originally thought to keep with the theme of rest. When I decided to follow the prompts from the Five Minute Friday group, I thought that I may still try to stick with the theme of rest.

oppositesLooking at the prompt for today, I am none to sure of my decisions! Walk and rest seem to be opposite of each other that I am not sure they I can incorporate them both into my thoughts for these five minutes. Still, I recently read an interesting idea regarding opposites. Rather then fighting each other, they sit together – each complementing and completing the other.

Rather then rest being the stopping of walking or moving, maybe it is just the opposite side of the coin – the completion of the cycle which began with the movement. Maybe that it too much philosophizing, but the concept is intriguing.

Rather than considering that movement on to a different task (walk from rest, or going from staying, or cleaning from writing, or  . . . . the opposites comparisons are boundless), consider it just a change of the way you manifest your life and live out your life.

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creativeandfreeimageGrowing my ability and skill to write is one of my goals for this year. As fall comes and schedules settle into the new normal with school and work, I am making time to grow my writing. Part of that growing is simply writing practice.

To keep me accountable as I seek to write each day, I am participating in October’s Write 31 Days Challenge. Along with others from Five Minute Fridays who are free writing for our 31 Days Challenge, I’ll be writing and posting each day in October. Check out my landing page for a list of all the prompts and associated posts as they go live. If you leave your address in the sign up space at the top of each page, I’ll send you an email with each days post.

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The Connection of a Desire and a Plan

Prompt: Connect

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Considering all the ways that we connect over the course of our day with others, with our work, with what we love, with ourselves – I am thinking of the writing that tomorrow will begin here as I participate in the Write 31 Days Challenge that takes place each October.

When I first decided to participate in the Challenge, I was planning to write on rest. This year, and especially this summer, has been full of the need for me to rest as I faced unique limitations in my abilities to handle life. So it made sense for me to share a bit of what am learning with the hope of encouraging another.

As I planned and sought to map out what I would write about each day, the process was soon overwhelming to me and starting to produce more stress then I knew was good. Yet, I really felt I was to participate and wanting to kick start writing again, I know this Challenge was a good way to do so.five-minute-friday

Enter Christina at Creative and Free. She has compiled a list of free writing prompts for those who would like to participate in the Write 31 Days Challenge. What a joy!! (insert happy dance here) Using the list of prompts she has compiled I will be writing each day just as I wanted, without the stressing of needing to develop a topic or spend too much time on it each day. And there is the connect between my desire and dream and her gracious planning and generosity.

So excited for the opportunity and the writing challenge – and now that my five minutes for this Friday is done, I’ll be seeing you again tomorrow as the October Write 31 Days Challenge begins.

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Five-Minute-Friday-4As I seek to develop, practice and hone my writing and blogging skills, I participate in the Five Minute Friday writing prompts and associated link up hosted by Kate Motaung at her site. I hope in my unedited writing here, you will be encouraged and challenged to look to God, to love your family, and enjoy this journey of life even as I seek to develop my voice and create the habit of writing. 

Hundreds of writers, one word prompt, and just five minutes – watch amazing things happen. Hop on over to Kate Motaung to see what it is all about. Regularly, I will join others that follow the prompt posted and link up with everyone else who is there to share what they have written.

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What happens when a flash mob of writers gets together and is given one word and five minutes? Five Minute Friday!  And now Five Minute Friday has a book!  So exciting!!

Susan Shipe has compiled contributed writings from Five Minute Friday posts and this book is a collection of the 150 raw, unedited posts written in five minutes flat by members of the Five Minute Friday community. I am very humbled and excited to be included with those who have written for Five Minute Fridays. The book is available to order on Create Space or Amazon.