Monday, April 20, 2009

A sunny day writer's block

April 20, 2009
Well, sure enough the sun is shining - in fact, we have went from near winter conditions to summer in a 48 hour time period! The moisture was a blessing and has certainly prepared the soil for planting. And the grass is beginning to turn shades of green giving me a touch of spring fever.But today I have a video presentation to get ready that includes a writing project. I seem to be having some writer's block -something I have experienced before. I do not always know what brings these frustrating blocks about. But I do have a few remedies if any of you writers out there run into such a challenge.
(1) Step away from the computer - the research books - anything that has anything to do with the project and give yourself some space. It will be there when you return:-)
(2) If you haven't started to journal - give it a try. It is great therapy, a good way to vent and it is surprising what insights emerge when one puts pen to paper. I have gained many through the years and have started a book project containing tidbits from my journals that I hope may be helpful to others. My granddaughter hopefuly can illustrate it for me one day. At any rate - I am going to take some time to write in my journal for awhile TODAY. It often relieves a writer's block, among other things.
(3) Take a walk - nothing like fresh spring air to clear the mind and get the body moving. It doesn't have to be a long one - just a stroll of sorts to drink in some of God's creation. It's a great way to get to know God better - what He has created tells us volumes about who He is. "Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? No, my help comes from Jehovah who made the mountains!"
Speaking of. . . . .(4) God knows all about those writers blocks so ask Him for some wisdom and some peace until you return to your writing post:-)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Rainy day reflections. . . . . . . . .

It's another rainy day and I so long for the sun to shine! But until then, I will thank the Lord for the moisture He is providing. . . . He surely has a reason for sending it - of that we can be sure. Seeds will soon be planted in the fresh earth as spring is upon us! And the mositure will help them sprout:-)
It's a good time to sit inside and get cozy with a warm cup of flavored coffee and relfect upon rainfalls found in His Word.
Did you realize that when God first created the earth there were no plants or grain sprouting up for the Lord hadn't sent any rain - however, water later welled up from the ground at certain places and flowed across the land causing a green landscape and lush garden for all creation to enjoy. And God had a reason. The first ever rainfall was recorded in Genesis 7:11-12 when Noah built an ark - the Bible says "the rain came down in mighty torrents from the sky". And God again had a reason - read more about it in Genesis 6, 7 and 8. It took alot of faith and trust in God for Noah to build a huge, sturdy boat for his family and the pairs of animals God told him to get on board! I have to ask myself, would I have had the same faith as Noah? Upon reflection, even though it seems like it has been raining for a long time, it is not even close to 40 days and 40 nights! Can you imagine?
So, a few days is not so bad to endure inside and travel some muddy roads if necessary. Soon the sun will shine and the temperatures will rise. I have faith that God will bring this about. . . . He has a reason. (He knows there are flowers to plant and crops to grow :-).