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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 17

What is your favorite sport or way of being active?

The best sport to play and watch in the universe is fútbol (also known as soccer). I grew up playing and since the world agrees with me, I think that debate is finally settled. 😆

I do love all kinds of sports though. I love watching basketball and football, and I can enjoy a baseball game if I’m in the stadium and have lots of snacks. But I don’t play soccer anymore (soccer knee injury saw to that), so I’ve had to look for ways to stay active without further destroying my body. When I can, I love to swim. When the weather plays nice (so about 1 day a week, because even if the weather is a perfect 88 degrees, Colorado brings thunderstorms in the afternoon), I’ll walk/”run” outside. There are a few other workouts I’ve gotten into that have worked great and are getting me back on track.

How about you? What do you do?

(Question from Be Bold Every Day)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 15

What did you learn this week?

In all honesty, I can’t say this will be the deepest or most inspiring post, but here you go:

  • Zucchini bread counts as a vegetable. If you need an easy and delicious recipe, here you go.
  • Mindy Kaling’s Four Weddings and A Funeral miniseries far surpasses the original movie.
  • It’s okay if you don’t meet a goal, just pick up where you left off (this may or may not have to do with the tardiness of posts this week).
  • If you work out and it’s terrible (like say you are yawning 90% of the class), give yourself credit because you still worked out.
  • My cat’s sleeping patterns have decided to change and he feels that 5:00 a.m. is a great time for breakfast. I do not share his feelings.
  • If you have the desire to start pulling out Fall decor in the middle of August, that’s totally normal and just embrace it.

(Question from The Daily Question)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 14

What does the word “rebel” mean to you? Would you define yourself as a rebel?

I promise I didn’t make this one up, but the question does fit rather perfectly after my launch of Literary Rebels :). One of the best ways we can rebel today is to love people. People we know, people we don’t. People we agree with, people we don’t. Have conversations with people. Agree or disagree, but remember that we are all humans and are worthy of dignity.

Here’s the description behind the Literary Rebel Movement: Books change the world because books change people and people change the world. Books, stories, words: They help see humanity in others, they motivate us into action, move us toward compassion, give us hope. Books also teach us, encourage us, and inspire us.

(Question from Be Bold Every Day)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 13

What traffic sign best reflects your life right now?

I genuinely had no idea how to answer this, so I started off by Googling traffic signs.

Google never fails me.

While I couldn’t think of a way to use this sign for this specific post, I still wanted to post it. Although, sometimes I wouldn’t mind a very clear “run from the Balrog you fools” type sign from the Lord 😉 (via)

Instead, while perusing traffic signs, the U-turn sign grabbed my attention.

This reminded me that I don’t need to try and turn back to the past. I can move forward from the good, the bad, and everything in between. Our experiences shape us, but as C.S. Lewis once said: There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

(Question from 300 Writing Prompts)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 12

What is one of your favorite New Testament stories or verses?

I cannot imagine what it must of been like. Being a woman with a disease that made her unclean to the society she lived in. A women, who already was considered second in society. With all her hope nearly spent, her faith in shambles, she was given a sliver of something to hold on to when she heard about the man Jesus. When his name was spoken, did a soft wind refill her soul? Or did cynicism, having already firmly set up home in her heart, take precedence?

Whatever her initial thought (and I often wonder what mine would have been), she pushed her way to the crowd and dared to believe, that if this man called Jesus was who he said he was, she only had to touch a piece of his robe.

Maybe it was with one last burst of hope, she reached out her hand and touched Jesus’ garment.

She knew instantly. She knew without a doubt that her body was made whole again and she was healed. Jesus then asked who had touched his robe (even though he knew) and knowing there was no way to sneak away, she came forward.

Was she fearful? Was she scared? Was she, even after miraculous healing, expecting such a beautiful response?

I’m sure Jesus looked directly in her eyes when he said, “Take heart daughter, your faith has healed you.” With those words, he gave her more hope than she could have ever imagined.

I’d like to think she ran or possibly skipped all the way home. That with each person she passed, she shared about the hope found in Jesus and did so all the days of her life.

That’s a truth we can cling to today because hope changes everything.

From Matthew 9:18-26 and Luke 8:43-48

(Question from The Daily Question)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 11

What song makes you feel confident?

Music plays such an important role in my life. It inspires, encourages, renews, restores…to name a few things. Of course, as a follower of Jesus, worship music gives me confidence (a recent fav is Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music) and I also enjoy instrumental music to inspire confidence when I’m working on creative things.

But more often than not, I turn to upbeat music, what I refer to as my “workout jams.” I could share 50 songs, but I’ll just share one :).

I love the Into the Spiderverse soundtrack and “What’s Up Danger” will always get me going.

(Question from Be Bold Every Day)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 10

What color do you feel today?

Azul. Blue. Bleue.

With the weekend here, I have a chance to reset and renew. I love the calmness that blue is for me. The peaceful feeling from a clear sky or sounds of the ocean can be both reassuring and serene.

Life never seems to stop, so I’m thankful for the moments where there’s a pause.

What color would you describe your day as?

(Question from 300 Writing Prompts)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 9

What was the last thing you read, heard, or saw that inspired you?

I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. There are times I want to burn it down because it’s so depressing with not only the news cycles, but people’s responses.

Other times, the animals posts, the funny posts, and stories like this one remind me and inspire me that there is some good in this world.

Here’s the link to the full Twitter thread, but here’s the recap (and be sure to check out all the photos).

“Our incoming plane is carrying the remains of an American pilot shot down over Vietnam in 1967. His remains were only recently recovered and identified and brought back to the US. As we wait at the gate, we’re told that Captain Knight is coming home to Dallas. When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his 5 year old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye. It was the last time he would see his father alive.” (From the Twitter thread)

His son is a Southwest pilot and flew him home.

“He flew combat missions almost daily until being shot down May 19, 1967. He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals for his actions during this time.

Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr., will be coming home to Texas with a Dignified Arrival on August 8, 2019. He will be flown home by his son, Bryan, a Captain with Southwest Airlines, to Dallas Love Field, the same airport where 5-year-old Bryan said goodbye to his father when he left to go to war fifty-two years ago.” (From his obituary)

What a incredible event to have witnessed. I hope you’re inspired as well!

(Question from 300 Writing Prompts)

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 8

How have you seen God’s glory in nature recently?

It is quite possible this response is due to the fact that I live in a town where, if it’s not snowing, it is raining almost every afternoon during the summer. I will say, this works great for someone who forgets to water her lawn about 89% of the time.

Back to the question at hand – where have I seen God in nature recently? I can say the mountains (I see the beautiful range every day) or I can say a beautiful sunset (which will never grow old), but honestly it’s been in the thunderstorms that sweep in during the afternoons and sometimes come back in the middle of the night.

The rumble (or clash) or thunder amidst the lightning strikes is one of my favorite things to sit back and listen to and watch. It’s beautiful and yet terrifying at the same time.

Much like scripture speaks of being in awe of God. Job 37:14-16 says:

“Listen to this, Job;
    stop and consider God’s wonders.
Do you know how God controls the clouds
    and makes his lightning flash?
Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
    those wonders of Him who has perfect knowledge?”

And again in Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

How about you?

(Question from The Daily Question)