Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Daze

It seems I haven’t posted anything since April 8th. I really have no excuse except that April was CampNano.(A month long crazy writing challenge) The awesome writing group I belong to (FLAWS) went on a writing retreat to Rogers City. After that, there were preparations for my daughter’s wedding, which was May 6th. Did I mention I got a job as a Web Search Evaluator somewhere in there, working 19 hours a week? I also got a regular freelance writing job, writing 5 articles a week.
So anyway, today I had a couple hours to myself so I decided to download a week’s free trial of PhotoShop and play around with it. I took a couple pictures my dad took in the seventies and combined them to create the banner at the top of this blog site. What do you think?

I have given myself a goal to write on my blog at least once a week, so hopefully, you haven’t missed me too much and will stick with me a bit longer.
I have no other daughters to get married, so there’s that. 😀

Readers Digest PAD Challenge April 8th

“For today’s prompt, write a panic poem. There are any number of things a person can panic about, including severe weather, military invasions, or what to wear to an event. And while some may be more life or death than others, that feeling of panic is just as real for a person who has to get up and speak in front of a crowd of smiling strangers as it is for a person hiding in the basement of their house as a tornado approaches.”

The Threshold

I stand at the threshold

My heart beats fast and loud in my ears

The darkness closes in, heavy

I want to run but can’t move

I want to cry out but can’t speak

I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

Oh

Breathe in slow

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Breathe out slow

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

My heart rate slows

The darkness weakens

I force my hand to turn and pull

I force my feet to move

Right 

Left

Right

Left

Standing

Outside 

In Sunlight


Romans 1:8-17

If you need to review the steps we are following click here.

Step 1. Read Romans 1:8-17 several times. Write it out on index cards and place them in spots you spend a lot of time. Review the verses as often as you can.

For this passage, there are several words we need to look up in the Bible Dictionary. These words and concepts will be coming up frequently in our study of the book of Romans and it is essential that you understand their meaning. Even if you think you know what they mean look them up anyway, something fresh may be revealed to you.

Faith: This word in the Greek is pisteos. It has the same root word as the word translated ‘believe’ in John 3:16. Click here to read a story about the meaning of this word being translated to ‘lean your whole weight on him’. Pisteos is not just agreeing in your head, it is living that belief through your actions.

Gospel: The gospel is the good news about Christ. The totality of the gospel starts with who God is. Then it tells the truth about sin, how it came into the world, and what the consequences of sin are. Next, it tells the truth about who Jesus is and how he became the substitute (propitiation) for our sin. Lastly, it tells us how we should respond to this news.

Salvation: Being delivered from the power and penalty of sin.

Righteousness: Right standing before God through the fulfillment of the covenant between God and man.

Sanctification: Being made holy, a more accurate reflection of Christ,  resulting in the transformation of the inner person.

Reconciliation: Being brought back into a right relationship with God.

Some of these words were not found directly in our text but withing the definitions of the words that were. The definitions I have given are very basic and I strongly encourage you to read the more in-depth ones in a Bible Dictionary. Record what you discover in your notebook.

Step 2: Read the Bible Study notes. Write down any insights in your notebook.

Step 3: Look up the cross references, and record any insights in your notebook.

Step 4: Use the 3 question method.

  1. What does it say?
  2. What are the timeless truths?
  3. What does God want me to apply to my life?

Remember to write it all down in your notebook. Review your notes, and use listening prayer while waiting for your answer to question 3. Wait until God speaks to move on.

Watch for Romans 1:8-17 Part 2 tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Poem a Day Challenge Day 7

Here is today’s prompt from the Readers Digest website:

“For today’s prompt, write a discovery poem. This poem could be about making a discovery; it could be about something discovered (by someone or something else); or something you’d like to discover. I can’t wait to discover what new poems poets will create.”

The Cookie Jar

In the Cookie Jar

Up high on the shelf

There hides inside

a forbidden wealth

The cookies in there

are different somehow

I’ll climb up and get them down.

I’ll remove the lid

to see within

All there is in here is wind

spinning

sucking

pulling me down

It’s forbidden secret

I have discovered

I can only blame myself

In the cookie jar

up high on the shelf

Catching up on PAD Challenge

I am a little behind in the Readers Digest Poem A Day Challenge for National Poetry Month. My daughter’s getting married in May and there has just been so much happening. My apologies. Here is my attempt to catch up. Read Day 1 and Day 2 here.

Day 3:  “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) of Love,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Water Bottle of Love,” “Smart Phone of Love,” “Toothbrush of Love,” “Tweet of Love,” or any number of blanks of love. I actually kind of love this prompt and am surprised I’ve never done it before.”

The Call of Love

It called to me from some strange beyond

beckoned me from within

I ran, chasing it anywhere and everywhere

but it eluded me

so I came home again

and it was here all along

Day 4: “Today is our first Tuesday of the month. If this is your first poem-a-day rodeo, then I have a special treat for you today, because I do Two-for-Tuesday prompts for these challenges. You can write to one prompt; write to the other; or try to do both. Totally up to you.”

Here are the two prompts for today:

  • Write a beginning poem. And, of course, when something begins, it often signals something else ending. Soooo, the other prompt is to…
  • Write an ending poem. Poem about something ending.

A Beginning and an Ending

In the beginning

was innocence

broken

corrupted

I walked blindly

in the dark of guilt

then light

showed me truth

led me

to redemption

freedom

restored innocence

a fitting ending

Day 5: “For today’s prompt, pick an element (like from the periodic table), make it the title of your poem (or part of the title), and then, write the poem. Anything goes from Hydrogen to Oganesson.”

Copper Sky, Obsidian Night

A golden sun

in a copper sky

fades

to a silver moon

in obsidian night

Day 6: “For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sound. The poem could be about a small sound, a loud sound, a happy sound, or a creepy sound. And yes, music sounds count as well.”

Sound of The Tundra in Summer

A stream gurgles over rocks and stones

Tundra swans whistle high

The wind hums across moss and lichens

A moose grunts 

as he lumbers through a pond

The eerie call of a Loon 

echoes, indescribable,

across the landscape

A salmon jumps

splashing in the river

The wild calls

to my heart

Share your poems in the comments!

Romans 1:1-7 cont.

 

Here are my answers from blog post #2 on Romans

  1. What does it say?

This is a normal introduction for a letter of that time. The writer would put their name at the beginning. In this introduction, Paul is literally introducing himself and presenting his credentials to the Christians in Rome.

 He calls himself a servant of Christ. The Greek word for servant here is ‘doulas’, which means ‘a slave completely belonging to his master’.

He tells them that Christ himself called him to be an apostle and set him apart for the gospel.

He also defines what he believes about the gospel in order to show that he shared a common faith with the Roman believers.

He then addresses the letter to ‘all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people’, wishing them peace (shalom) and grace. This is also the common way of beginning a letter during that time.

  1. What are the timeless truths?

We are called by Christ to be his holy people, servants of Christ, set apart for the gospel.

The Gospel as Paul defined it in these verses is what we believe about Christ today and going on into eternity. He was foretold by the prophets, He was an earthly descendant of David, he is the Son of God, He rose from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit, through him we all received grace and apostleship to call all gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his namesake.

We are all called to Apostleship. This means we are called to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that he has commanded us.

Obedience comes from faith. See Hebrews 11:8 and James 2:14-26. The evidence of true faith is obedience to Christ.

  1. What is God trying to say to ME?

There are no wrong answers to this question. This one is personal between you and God. Here are some possibilities though:

  1. God has called you to be Holy. Is there sin in your life you need to deal with?
  2. God has called you to apostleship. Whom are you sharing the gospel with? Who should you be sharing the Gospel with?
  3. Faith leads to obedience. Has your faith led to obedience? Do you need to repent and ask Jesus to increase your faith? Do you need to spend more time deepening your relationship with Christ?

Deepening your faith and relationship with Christ will result in increased obedience, not the other way around. Trying to make yourself be obedient, more often leads to legalism and religiosity. Focus on Him and He will transform you from the inside out.

April 2 PAD Challenge

For today’s prompt, write a “not today” poem. Maybe it’s normal to give in to outside pressures, but not today. Or maybe you’re usually very disciplined in your health and wellness habits, but not today. Or maybe you struggle to write poems, but not today.

I’ll Be Me

I’ll be okay

Like a pheonix from the ashes

I will rise

My eyes will be dry

My heart will stop screaming

I’ll stop searching the faces of strangers

I won’t be afraid

To love and be loved

I’ll smile and laugh

And kiss and hug

I’ll be strong

I’ll be confident

I’ll be me

But not today