31 Days – Only

This post is the last post in my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Only.

GO:

I know you think that you have to do this alone.  But you don’t.  You have me.  You have our family.

See, you have a family now.  You aren’t alone.  If only you could see that we are hurting with you.  If only you could see that we love you and want to help.  If only you could see how we ache for you and with you.  If only you could see that we know it sucks.

Let me say it again.  It SUCKS that this happened to you.  Not once, but twice.  It SUCKS that your birth family who should have loved you and believed you immediately and help you deal with this didn’t believe you.  It sucks that it’s happened again.  It sucks that you don’t feel safe anymore.

If only you could see that you are bleeding.  Not physically, because that’s a whole different ballgame.  But you’ve been emotionally stabbed, and you are bleeding out.  If only you could see that putting a band aid on it won’t help.  If only you could see that you’re going to need surgery to repair this.  Or at least some heavy duty counseling.  If only you could see that you are surrounded by the arms of the Great Physician.

And if you had no one else, you have God.  God wants to take care of you, and help you walk through this.

You keep track of all my sorrows.[b]
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.

Psalm 56:8 (New Living Translation)

Please don’t run away.  Please let us help you.  I can’t promise that I will be perfect all the time, and I can’t promise that I won’t ever let you down.

But I can promise that we will stand beside you no matter what.  If only you could see that God has blessed us with each other.

If only you would let me help you.  If only you would let me keep you safe and try to protect you.  You think that you are the only one that you can do it, but you aren’t alone.  It’s not only you that has to deal with this.  We are with you.

But I can’t choose for you.  Only you can choose.  Only you are the one who can choose to be healed.

Daughter of my heart, I love you.  More than you realize.  My heart is aching and hurting for you.  Let’s change the “only you” to “together.”  Okay?

Hugs,
Melinda

P.S.  Read all of Psalm 56 because there is more than just the part about the tears.

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31 Days – Cut

This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Cut.

GO:

“Cut!!!  That’s a wrap.”

We’re so close to the end of Write 31 Days.  We’re so close to wrapping this up in a bow and being done.

I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.  The first year I did this, I didn’t write all 31 days.  The subject was really too difficult to write that much about without a lot more research and a lot more development.

Last year, I wrote every day, except for one.  But that was because I was waiting for someone to write a guest post for me.  I’m still waiting.

This year, I’ve written almost every day.  There have been days that I’ve written two posts at once, but I’m almost completely finished.

Back to the word at hand.  Cut.  When I first saw this word, I was thinking about a poem that I wrote several years ago.  I entered a “poetry” contest, where my poem was put into a “who’s who” of poetry.  And then it was published on a CD.  It wasn’t anything big.  I can’t even remember it, except that it was about quilting.

So, instead of writing about my poem, I’m going to write about quilting.

Quilting was a way that my mom and I connected when we lived long distance.  I followed her on a quilting message board, and made friends.  I picked up the lingo and started seeing the beauty in the art form.

Quilting is so beautiful in the way the fabric is cut and sewn together.  (See what I did there?)  😉   And the blankets are so warm and wonderful to wrap up in.  The friendships I’ve developed have been binding (another quilt term).

There is lots of cutting involved with quilting.  But there is lots of sewing and binding together.  It can bring you together with friends far and near.  Cutting fabric is fun!

Hugs,
Melinda

 

31 Days – Date

This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Date.

GO:

I have dates in my head.  My wedding date, my birthday, my children’s birthdays.  My husband’s birthday, my parents’ birthdays.  Those are the important days.

I have dates that are important because my life changed that day.  The day Dale joined the Army, the day my mom passed away, when my dad passed away.  When my story, my testimony happened.  The day I almost died.

I have days that I remember because they are important, but I don’t remember the date.  The day I met Dale.  The day Princess came to live with us.  The day I graduated college.  The day we moved to Kansas City.  The days that Dale returned from deployment.

But the date I don’t need to know is the date that Jesus will return.

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 (New International Version)

 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

Acts 1:7-8a (NIV)

God knows when Jesus will return.  I’m ready for Him to come back.  I’ve seen enough sadness, enough evil, that I’m ready for Him to come back.  And He will.

STOP

But until then I will live as though He will return tomorrow, and I will rest in His mercies.  And I will have faith.

I will glorify God in the good times and the bad.

Hugs,
Melinda

 

FMF – Eat

It’s time for Five Minute Fridays!  I’m joining up with Kate today, but this post is also part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Eat.

GO:

You have to eat to stay alive.  It’s simply a part of being human.  But part of the issue is when we eat too much.  Or we eat the wrong things.  Or we don’t eat enough.

I’ve tried for a long time to not be a member of the “clean your plate” club.  You know what that is, right?  “Clean your plate, because I worked hard on this meal.”  Or “clean your plate because there are starving kids in Africa.”  I didn’t like that when I was a kid and I don’t want to inflict it on my children.

But what IS required is being nice.  You aren’t allowed to take a bite and throw it up to get it out of your mouth.  You don’t have to clean your plate, but you do need to take a bite of everything so that you can try new foods.

So trying new foods can be interesting and fun.  I’ve recently discovered that I like roasted asparagus.  It’s quite tasty.  Also, roasted brocolli.

But I still don’t like mushrooms.  Something about the taste just isn’t right to me.

And I will always love chocolate and cookies and gummy peaches and breads of all shapes and sizes.  Oh, how I love bread!  I love the warm yeasty smell and the way that butter melts on a fresh loaf.  I love sourdough and white bread, brown bread, and herb encrusted bread.  It is delicious!

STOP

But what I crave most is the bread of life.  Here is a passage from John 6:35.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

And another from John 6.

47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

The bread of life is the sweetest gift I have been given.  May we, like the Psalmist in Psalm 34, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Hugs,
Melinda

31 Days – Bouquet

This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing.  Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays.  Today’s word is Bouquet.

GO:

I knew exactly what I wanted.  Daffodils and roses.  I had 18 Daffodils and 12 roses.  Or maybe the other way around.  It’s been almost 20 years after all.

It was so very heavy.

My mom bought it for me.  I had paid for almost everything else, but she paid $82 at the best flower shop in town.

I was concerned that there wouldn’t be any daffodils ready.  March 8th is so early in the season.  If everything doesn’t go exactly right, then there aren’t any until mid April.

But my wedding bouquet was one of the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

Not only that, but there were enough jonquils in our front yard that I was able to get enough for 2 very large vases for the banquet tables.

They are so yellow, so bouncy, so sunny.  Such a wonderful sign of spring.

I have so many wonderful memories of all of the daffodils and jonquils in my daddy’s front yard.  I even remember the hybrid that we got that started blooming randomly in our front yard.  It was considered a double ruffed variety.  It was so unique and beautiful.

I love flowers.  I love roses and lilies and daffodils and hyacinth.  I believe that Heaven will be filled with the most wonderful bouquets of flowers.

Thank you God for showing us a small glimpse of your glory in the lilies of the field.

Hugs,
Melinda

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

Luke 12:27 (New International Version)