Friday, April 26, 2013

when I write ...

Well it's Friday, which is as good a day as any to be writing.

I'm particularly inspired today because I've just been to one of the largest libraries near me - the Carnegie Library. And can I just say, *swoon.*  I love books. Remind my husband never to drop me off there. Not unless he wants to get rid of me for a few weeks or months. So. Much. Fun.  Oh, and the kids on the field trip might have had a good time too.  *wink*

Before we write, let's start by building our palette (not to be confused with palate [the part of your mouth] or pallet [something you lie on] ): 

Vocabulary word of the week: 

1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.). 
2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creeddoctrine, etc.)

My writing prompt today is inspired by my current library read - The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis 

"[Friendship has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival."

So, how about it? Spend about 15 minutes on a freewrite - no need to edit or polish - about friendship. What does it mean to you? How important are friendships in life? What do your friends add or take from you? Do you agree or disagree with Mr. Lewis on his assertion of friendship's value? You can write a short story, prose or poem. Just make sure it's friendly.

I can't wait to read your thoughts!

Oh, and one more thing - don't forget to send me your questions for "a little bird told me" on Saturdays. For more information, you can go here


  1. Hello Robin,

    I also have a question to ask. I have a friend who is struggling through a tough time. His mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and is facing six months of chemo and radiation with an unsure prognosis. My friend is not saved, but he is becoming curious about God and we have talked many times about him. I am praying for his salvation and willing to be used however God needs me. We have not talked in person since his mom's diagnosis, but I will be seeing him soon.

    I guess my question is personal as well as for my friend. Sometimes I'm not sure how to look at things like this. We can pray to God and release our faith for healing, but there is no guarantee that God will heal her. God only knows if he will or not. Perhaps her illness (and maybe even death??) are part of his plan to reconcile other peoples' hearts, etc. There are so many scenarios that we can't even imagine - ways in which God could use this for his glory.

    When we pray and petition God, if our prayer is according to his will, then he answers, right? But if we pray and it's not according to his will, he does not answer our prayer, right? OR, more accurately, he does not answer our prayer in the WAY we ask or expect. But he always has our good at heart and I most definitely believe that. I'd rather have his good and perfect will than to receive something that is not his best for me.

    I've wondered - and I bet my friend is too - why don't we just pray for god's will to be done? Why even ASK for healing? (Or whatever is going on in your life that you need) if God already knows how he is going to answer. Then I think about how we are to come boldly to his throne as His children and ask what we need to ask. The Bible says we can and should!

    I have rambled, I'm sorry! This question is one that is complex to me. I have never for one second doubted God or his goodness, but at times I feel lost in this and definitely don't have answers for someone like my friend who is struggling.

  2. Dear Wondering-Why-We-Ask,

    What great questions! Ones I've definitely found myself pondering too. I've got some ideas of how I want to answer, but I would like to take this week to pray and research the Word. As per my norm, I'll get back to you next Saturday here in the nest. Thank you so much for your curiosity and courage to ask! I believe this is something many people wonder too. Until then, I will be praying [in God's will *wink*] for you, your friend, and his mom.

    In His Hand,
    p.s. you're a blessing!

  3. Found my way over here from the LPM blog!
    Thank you so much for your prayers!
    Excited to have found your blog and look forward to reading more!