For the Birds

Reading words that you’ve painstakingly written down on paper or typed out, can be exhilarating. And those same words can flow out of a mind like a waterfall. But also? They can dry up like a creek bed in a drought.

Sometimes, I think to myself, “Writing is for the birds!”

It turns out, it only takes one.

Bird, that is.

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Inspiration is hard to find when the words aren’t there. Or the discipline to just get in the chair and bleed onto the page up and walks out the door. One book I can return to again and again for the proper motivation is Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott.

Alternating between the drill-sergeant mentality to just get your butt in the chair and write at the same time every day, and the empathetic friendly advice to ‘take it bird by bird’, Lamott inspires. And she expertly provides tools and examples for exactly how to do it.

She also provides laughter along the way. And, I think we all know by now I’m all about the humor in life.

Mostly, though, anyone with writerly thoughts is reminded to start with what is real to you and to keep it that way. Embellishments aside, reality is (if we’ve learned nothing else about modern television programming) vastly entertaining. Emphasis on vastly.

“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal.”

I’ve found that most feelings kept stuffed down inside are universal once they finally bubble to the surface.

And the universe is vast, so there is bound to be something to write about.

Yes indeedy.

 We are on Day 20 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To read other posts in my series, Best Books Ever, click the button below.

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Six for Grace

Choose your favorite quote about grace from the ones I’ve listed below. Tell me how it speaks into your situation. Extra credit for eloquence.

Just kidding!

We’re not in school, y’all.

This isn’t a course on “The Magnitude of Grace in Daily Living”. (Although, I’d totally take that course!)

But, you’re here.

With me.

And I can’t help but wonder if it’s because you need to have grace poured out, and in, just as much as I do.

To kick off this week, I’ve chosen to share my six favorite verses and quotes about grace with you. I’m hoping that one of them will be a balm to that raw you are tenderly shielding.

Here we go…

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I live and die by this verse. Life carries on, day-to-day, knowing that I can approach That Throne. That I can find Mercy & Grace there. (They hang out with commitment, I’ve learned.) The multitude of daily deaths, played out in each mishap and screw-up, descend into hell with each fresh shower of Mercy & Grace.

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For every choice that led me down the path of destruction, I met Grace. When I started purposefully looking for Him, my wasted years that the locust had eaten? Restored. Life is messy. Grace is the beautiful blood-stained rag that cleans that mess right up.

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I am in awe of the fact that He chooses not to remember. And Lord, You know that I give you plenty of those “opportunities”, because…

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This is The Message version; and, really, this, in 1 Timothy 1? I can’t separate a verse out of the entire passage to like more. Because, Hi, I’m Missy, and I’m a sinner. Chief among them on more than one occasion.

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Grace longs to leave no man or woman behind. Ever.

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I’ve been told, more times than I can count, not to take Bible verses out of context. And, truthfully, I hesitate to take any idea, message, or command, that is built around one small verse, without any heed to the context that the other words around it provides. But, because life is not black and white, and neither am I, (this may explain why my favorite color is gray), I make an exception here.

Because, He does.

Every. Single. Time.

And, always.

Indeed.

Would you be kind enough to take a quick moment to share one of your favorites with me in the comments?

I’ll be recording them in my journal.

As ammunition against the opposition to Grace.

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This post is day 6 in the Write 31 Days challenge.