January Writing Prompts

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Happy New Year everyone!  It’s hard to believe another year is gone.  I decided to team up this month with Dorinda Duclos to create some awesome prompts for all of you.  She wrote half of them, so let’s see if any of you can figure out which one’s she wrote verses the one’s I wrote.  I think it was sort of funny how we both had similar ideas.  Please leave some feedback and let me know if you are enjoying the longer prompts.  If you’d like me to go back to writing the shorter ones, I’d be happy to oblige.  Enjoy!  ~M

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

 

January Writing Prompts

  1. A lifetime of laughter could have saved them all.
  2. As she walked to the end of the wooden boards, the stars spoke to her.
  3. Every inch of his body sensed her presence.
  4. A brilliant light shined from the other side of the lake.
  5. Milky white peaks charmed their senses.
  6. Beyond the forest glen, the realization struck her.
  7. She read aloud to the sounds of crashing waves.
  8. A distant shore was all that remained.
  9. Swept away with the wind, her hair looked a mess.
  10. The boat was empty, except for one lone fish.
  11. Prepared for battle, she made her presence known.
  12. The stone path through the woods lead her nowhere.
  13. The answer rested quietly inside the belly of the broomstick.
  14. The storm raged on without any hope of being saved.
  15. And as she walked away, she took it all with her.
  16. She was nothing but common until she donned the mask.
  17. Fate took a turn for the worse at the fork in the road.
  18. The pebbles devoured the succulents, one tasty morsel at a time.
  19. One last yank then a pull and the landing was clear.
  20. A braver attempt had never before been seen.
  21. The glittery gem held all the secrets of the past.
  22. It was a ludicrous request but one that drew his attention.
  23. Reflections in the water completed the circle.
  24. The universe just wasn’t big enough for both of them.
  25. The recording was all the proof they needed.
  26. Time was running out and his watch had stopped dead.
  27. She did exactly what she was told never to do.
  28. As they chatted away, he needed to find a way out.
  29. Slipping between the seams, there was no turning back.
  30. A simple reason was all she needed.
  31. And completely by mistake, the switch was made.

December Writing Prompt Participants

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It’s been another great month, and I was really quite surprised to see just how many of you kept up with the prompts despite the busy holiday season.  My favorite post of the month was, A Mirror Image of Who he Once Was, by Dead Deer.  His post felt so relatable, and was very cleverly written.  I hope all of you will check it out!  Thanks to everyone who participated this month.  Have a very Happy New Year!  ~M xo

 

  1. In between the clover and the dampened earth

Walt’s Writing’s – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/the-quest-a-month-of-december-prompts-in-one-day-by-walt-page-the-tennessee-poet/

Help From Heaven – https://isaiah46ministries.com/2018/12/01/finding-peace-december-writing-prompts/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/12/01/clover-and-earth-poetry-decemberwriting/

Tina Stewart Brakebill – https://tinastewartbrakebill.com/2018/12/01/the-breakwater/

Prompted – https://promptedforten.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/in-between-the-clover-and-the-dampened-earth-dead-deer/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/the-clover-and-the-brilliant-sky/

Prompted – https://promptedforten.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/dec-1st-in-between-the-clover-and-the-damp-earth/

Ladyleemanila – https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/in-between-the-clover-and-the-dampened-earth/

Bethlovesblue – https://bethlovesblue.com/2018/12/19/between-clover-and-dampened-earth/

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December Writing Prompt Participants

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Happy New Year everyone!  December just seemed to whoosh right by and I’ve had a really hard time keeping up with everything.  Seems like the rest of you did too, especially by the way this month ended with very few people participating in the prompts.  However, Dorinda Duclos kept at it again, and managed to be the only one to complete every prompt this month.  I promise to try a bit harder to do more of these this month.  We’ll see how far I get!  😉  Good luck to the rest of you!  The new prompts for January can be found here:  January Writing Prompts.

 

  1. Weaving words

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/12/01/weaving-words-poetry-decemberwriting/

Lane Burke – poet, traveller, person of letters – https://laneburke.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/weaving-words/

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/12/01/december-writing-prompts-by-michelle-december-1-2017/

Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/12/01/weaving-words/

MILLENNIAL BLOGSTER – https://millennialblogster.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/weaving-words/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/12/04/george-and-alice/

THIS N THAT WITH ME – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/weaving-words/

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Leaving the past behind…

Happy New Year!

Leaving behind 2016 is a welcome relief for me.  I would say it was probably one of the worst years of my life, and yet in the midst of the ugliness of it all, there were countless blessings that came out of it.  So looking back, I wouldn’t want 2016 to go any differently than it did.  I realize the pain and heartache had to come, in order for the renewal and blessings to be fulfilled.

I suffered severe depression over the past year, and tried to hide it from my family and friends.  I prayed countless times that God would take me from this world and allow me to escape the suffering which I felt I could no longer face.  I ended up with what doctors thought was perhaps a cancerous tumor.  I thought this is it, this is what I prayed for, and this is how I will die.

Then reality hit me and I thought to myself, what have I been doing?  Why have I been praying to leave my family who obviously needs me right now?  My girls had both announced that they were getting married, and my two youngest were still being home schooled by me.  I felt so selfish and such guilt for asking for such a terrible thing.  I knew I deserved whatever happened to me at that point, and I believe I still do depending on what happens in the future.

For now, my doctors believe that I am fine.  The results of all of my tests look good.  I am supposed to go back this February to have all of the tests repeated to confirm everything is still good.  I am at the point where I don’t even want to have those tests repeated.  I feel good and I just don’t see the need to go through everything again.  I have yet to decide what I will do.

While going through the cancer scare, I felt like I was going through it alone.  I didn’t feel the comfort and love from my husband that I really needed, and because of that, I ended up resenting him even more than I already did.  We had been through so much the year prior and nothing had been resolved.  I thought here’s the time I need you most, and you still aren’t here for me.  I felt like nobody was really there.  Yes, I was having my own little pity party, even though I had prayed for it to happen.  I wonder why we do these things to ourselves.  I look back and shake my head; because realistically, I only had myself to blame.

I think I spent most of 2016, just trying to figure out how to change my frame of mind.  I was tired of being unhappy, tired of being in a marriage where I didn’t feel loved, tired of not having any real friends, and mostly tired of feeling lonely.  I tried to relay how I was feeling to my husband on countless occasions, but it didn’t really sink in until September, when he found a poem I had written about how I didn’t love him anymore.  It was then that things began to change.

Finally, all of the words that I had been saying, all of the tears I had been crying, and all of the resentment that I had toward him, became apparent to him.  It was at that point, that I knew I couldn’t stay any longer.  I was ready to leave, and I was fully prepared for him to let me.  What I was not prepared for, was what happened next.  Instead of pushing me away after I spilled my heart out to him and confessed all of the terrible things I had been doing because I had been so lonely; my husband did quite the opposite, he forgave me… it was instantaneous.

He forgave me and vowed to be a better husband to me.  He blamed himself for the things that I had done to him, and said it was his fault for not being there for me.  He apologized over and over and begged me to stay.  He broke down and cried and told me that he would change.  I sat there in complete disbelief.  I wondered why he would want to stay with me now and wondered where his motivation was coming from.  I thought maybe he just didn’t want to lose me because I’m good at things, like cooking and cleaning, and taking care of the kids.  He hadn’t seemed to want much to do with me before I confessed how terrible I had been to him, so why would he want me now?

I’ve spent the last four months, wondering if his love for me is really real.  I’ve been confused about his true intentions and why he would take me back now, after I confided in him that my heart was someplace else.  He has spent the last four months reminding me every single day, of how much he loves me and how much he wants me back.  I have been resistant at times.  Hesitant to believe what he is really saying, and wondering if it will last.  Somedays I feel convinced that he really does mean what he’s saying and somedays I still have my doubts.

I thought I had forgiven him for the things he had done to me and some things that affected our daughters.  But apparently I was wrong.  I had never really forgiven him, and because of this, I just couldn’t accept his love when he was finally ready to express it to me.  I am still struggling, but really wanting to work things out.  I suppose I never really stopped loving him, but I hated the man that he had become.  Now I am left with a completely different person.  Somebody whom I hardly even recognize.  I keep thinking that I will wake up one day and this whole new him will be nothing but a passing dream.  I want so much to accept what he is telling me each and every day.  I want to love him and I know I can’t live without having somebody by my side.  Love is the most important thing to me in life.

So now that 2017 is here, I have decided to take the advice of one of my dear friends, and jump back in with both feet.  I want to try and mend what has been broken, and hopefully be able to fully let go of the past hurts and regain the love for my husband that he deserves.  We have all made terrible mistakes in life.  I need to finally forgive him the way God already has.  My own daughter even told me before she got married this year, she said to me… “Mom, Dad really loves you and he isn’t the same man he used to be.  He is a good father to us girls and he needs you.  So please forgive him and leave the past behind.”  Her words have haunted me since that very day, and I know I need to take her advice and leave the past behind.

The enemy has already tried to discourage me from doing that.  Even in the last couple of days, there have been things that have occurred, which have been reminders of the pain which I am so desperately trying to forget.  I know I can’t let that happen, and I pray that God will just be my protector and keep me from the things which I’ve faced over the last couple of years.  I know the only way I will sort everything out, is with his mercy and love covering me in every single aspect of my life.

I feel so blessed to have two daughters, who have both married within the last two months, and I am really looking forward to this new year and all that the Lord has in store for me and my family.  Despite the many tears and frustrations, I have much to be thankful for.  I believe that no matter what we are facing, there are still so many things that we can be grateful for in our lives.  We just have to look at the complete picture and consider the glass half full instead of half empty.  Many blessings to all of you for the coming year.  It’s a time to start anew and find the happiness that awaits each and every one of us!

Much love,

~M

 

 

The Worst of 2015

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Seems like everyone is re-posting their most loved posts of the year.  So I decided to do the opposite and give you a list of my top 10 least viewed posts for the year.  The main thing I noticed about all of these posts is that none of them have any pictures!  I suppose this is probably the biggest reason that they haven’t been widely viewed.  I was also a brand new blogger at the time that most of these were posted.  So if you missed any of these and have time to read, please by all means indulge yourself!  😉

Here they are….

#10 Traveling Onward – This is the story about Terah and his family.  It is here that we get our first glimpse of Abraham (known here as Abram). The original story can be found in Genesis 11:10-31.

#9 Obsidian Water – This story describes the second day of creation.  The sky and the sea are finally brought to life.  The original story can be found in Genesis 1:6-8.

#8 Spontaneous Formations of Life – This is day six of creation and one of my favorite days.  Animals and mankind are beautifully created.  The original story can be found in Genesis 1:24-31.

#7 Impropriety – This story is about Noah and shows how he struggled with sin just as much as the rest of us do.  The original story can be found in Genesis 9:18-28 – 10:1-32.

#6 The Deliverer – Here’s one of the first poems that I ever wrote.  It’s about a woman who tried to share her faith and leaves feeling discouraged.  I think many of us can relate to similar situations.

#5 Too Late for Goodbyes – It’s in this story that we witness the death of Abraham’s beloved Sarah.  I actually cried while writing this one.  The original story can be found in Genesis 22:20-24 – 23:1-2.

#4 Rules and Rainbows – In this story, God has a conversation with Noah.  Agreements and promises are being made about the future of the world.  The original story can be found in Genesis 9:1-17.

#3 Swearing By Posterity – In this story, Abraham decides to look for a bride for his son Isaac.  The original story can be found in Genesis 24:1-9.

#2 Creatures of the Air and Sea – Here we see day five of creation being described.  Sea-creatures, birds, and fish were all created on this day.  The original story can be found in Genesis 1:20-23.

#1 Waiting and Watching – This is the story of Noah and his family aboard the ark.  During this time, they are patiently waiting for the waters to recede.  The original story can be found in Genesis 7:24 – 8:1-14.

 

I hope you check out some of these posts, despite their lack of pretty pictures.  😉  I also want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  It’s been so much fun getting to know all of you and I look forward to another year of meeting new bloggers and continuing on with the wonderful friendships that I have developed over this past year.  Love and blessings to you and yours!  ~M

 

Also….

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

 

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