2.27.2013

Writing to God (Week 2)

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Well, week 1 (Book: Days 1-7) is behind us and we get ready to journey ahead for week 2 (Book Days 8-14) of our Writing to God adventure. If you are along for this journey I invite you to share in the comments what your favorite prompt or writing day was this past week. If you happen to be dropping in, please join in the opening conversation or jump in with the below Prompt (Creative Writing) from Rachel's Writing to God Discussion Guide. 


Opening Conversation:
What writing are you doing this week (emails, grocery lists, etc.)?



Creative Writing
Write creatively (in any genre – fiction, poetry, memoir, etc.) for ten minutes
in response to this prompt: “Tomorrow promised to be a good day.” Offer
the opportunity for group members to share parts or all of their writing after
the ten minutes.



My thoughts from the past week:

*One of the reasons this book sat on my shelf for a bit was my concern about writing from prompts daily that were written by someone else. Generally that feels confining to me, or at least that was my perception prior to this first week of writing in response to these daily prompts. To my surprise the scripture and readings are edifying uplifting and inspiring. I only had one day where I felt I was a tad bit unfocused and chalk that up to my own issues of the morning.

*I can't even pick a favorite because I find each day has really been incredibly satisfying and positive.

*A note: I generally write to God through my journals. I tend to go on, and on and ramble back and forth. This is not a bad thing necessarily but my goal and hope for this Writing To God journey is to have a more focused time of writing that leads into my morning prayer time. I pick up my journal randomly anytime to write so I really was hoping that this endeavor would limit me (in a good way) and allow me to have a richer,more focused writing/prayer time that would be set apart each day. I only allow myself to write on the one page given, as an effort in focus and supporting my effort in this area. I do think that for some, a journal or notebook would be best, especially if one has not been writing in this way before. Then the freedom to go with the prompt and explore without page limits might be best. But for me in this season, limits are needful and helpful! Do what is best for you in the season God has you!

I hope you will comment and share how you are doing on your journey here with us! Feel free to link a post if you have one related to today's prompt or a post written about your journey! Otherwise, What are you writing this week? 

Feel free to pop in here anytime during the week to add a comment or link related to your journey.
Let's keep it lively and see you here next week as well!

12 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the prompt for day 6.. I often ask myself if my behavior would be different if Jesus were physically walking next to me every moment of every day.. Would I listen to the same music, watch the same shows on TV? Would I speak differently to people or about them?
    I loved the reminder that Jesus was a man, a real man who experienced life just like everyone else did..

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    1. Beautiful thoughts, Ren. I agree. It is my prayer to walk close enough that I am sensitive to His thoughts, perceptions, vision etc. Yes, my friend you have the heart and are hearing Him. Thanks, for sharing. Him as Living Word is one of my favorite attributes as well.

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  2. I just got the book in the mail yesterday. Haven't even cracked it open yet, so...I'm going to be a week or so behind.

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    1. Hi Tammy! That is fine- please feel free to pipe in anytime. I think if the circumstances are right, one could do more than one prompt at a sitting. I am just trying to do one daily! Glad you are here!

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  3. I am still loving this! I need that focus on one thing, those limits, too. I journal my prayers as well because it tames my rambling mind, but (not that there is anything wrong with it)my prayers often fill page after page....and somehow I don't think my boss will accept "prayer time ran over this morning" as an excuse for being late to work. LOL

    As for a favorite prompt....I can't pick one. Each one has held something special for me.

    I've noticed that the things we are focusing on are also turning up in church, at Bible study, the women's group, even on the radio. Some of us were talking about it in Bible study last night and we believe those "coincidences" are the work of the Holy Spirit keeping the body of believers all on the same page at the same time. Very cool. :)

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    1. Stacy, I am so glad you are still loving it! I am loving it much more than I anticipated. I do notice how the HS does provide "coincidences" for sure- God glimpses and we can all smile in the knowing! You bless me with your energy for this and seem to think so much alike -it's funny!

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  4. Love you friend, you have such a heart for helping and reaching people

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    1. Thanks, Ashley- thanks for seeing Him in me. Feet of clay, but heart for Him, yes, sister!

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  5. I am so enjoying this book and it is inspiring me to write poem like prayers...see my post Imagination: Creative Ability at www.nourishsoul.blogspot.com

    I really liked Ashes to Ashes Confession on day 5, it reminded me of my experience on Ash Wednesday. It challenged me to accept my brokenness and see the beauty God can bring out of the ashes. The lines that ask for healing really challenged me to think about what I hope the outcome of my healing might be: "Heal me, Jesus, with the scars of your own brokenness/Heal me...not to strength or perfection,/but to togetherness/to gentleness/to taking care of these ashes."

    I so often want healing to make me perfect and strong, but I really do long for togetherness/communion/community.And gentleness made me think of a soft, quiet strength.



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    1. Kel, so blessed by your writing and sharing!

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