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Whispered PROMISEs – Write 31:Day 15

promiseYou have been given a Promise. God loves you, and that will never change. The knowledge of this can get you through the toughest of times. {Psalm 100:5}

“Your day will come.”

The melody filled the room with sweet notes. My legs churned round and round as I rode the exercise bike and listened to the song’s sweet promise, as though a promise from God Himself. At the time, I was attending a writer’s conference and had several scheduled appointments that day with editors and agents. The stress of it all produced a migraine while I slept, and I awoke that morning afraid that I would not be able to get through all of my commitments.

I needed a distraction. So, shedding my jammies and shrugging into sweats, I rode the elevator down to the hotel’s workout room. I sat on that bike, praying for what seemed like hours, asking God to intervene, to take this pain from me so that I could accomplish what I had set out to do, what He had set in my path to do. I was making more out of it than I should, really.  I had only been writing for a year and had much to learn yet, many more experiences at conferences and meetings like the ones I faced that day.

Then I heard the song. It rang loudly, as though someone had turned up the volume so that I would pay attention to what it was telling me. “Your day will come.” I simply knew that it was a message…for me… from God….straight to my heart.  Instantly the fog lifted and my migraine began to fade.  I closed my eyes, breathed deeply, and rode that bike for all it was worth. With arms stretched high and wide, a smile returned to my face, and for the remainder of the day – a spring in my step.

I had received a PROMISE.

A promise of love really. I’ll bet you have received one as well. God loves you and He is working on your behalf. To give you a wonderful future, heal your heart, and bring you closer to Him.

As I attended all of my meetings that day, I did it with a spirit of learning, of wonder at how God was going to work in my life through this new venture He was sending me on.  I received great encouragement from everyone that I met with. I did not receive “the deal” as I had thought I would – I wasn’t ready.

I had many more lessons to learn…I still do.

Since that day, I have discovered that the song is really “our day will come” by Ruby and the Romantics. But that morning I distinctly heard “your day”. Not a mistake I think. The PROMISE that He set in my heart encouraged me to listen and learn, to keep a fire lit in my spirit with the knowledge that was imparted through those four little words spoken in song. It didn’t matter what happened in those meetings. I wasn’t concerned about whether or not someone else liked what I wrote.  I knew that one day they would. All that mattered to me in that moment and throughout that day, was that God loved me. He has a plan for me, one that will bring me great joy and a future.

He promised.

Are you needing a revelation from God today? Do you need to hear a PROMISE that will help you get through the day, the week, your life? He seeks to speak to you. It may come in the form of a dream, timely words from a friend, or even a song in the exercise room of a hotel 1500 miles from home. If you are really listening, you will hear it; hear the PROMISE spoken to your heart.

And it will bring HOPE to the place where you need it most.

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As a little added bonus: All comments on the write 31 days posts will be entered to win all of the colored cards for this series. These are colored by hand (by me :)and ready to give. Winner will be announced in November. Good luck 🙂

Don’t forget to click on the picture at the top of the page to download the pdf version of the GROW picture.  Color it and share, or enjoy yourself.

God bless your day!

 

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Wordlings….

I tend to think of myself as a newby writer, although I have been writing for another blog for nearly 6 years.  It is a different type of writing than what I do here, but 6 years none-the-less.

As I watched a fledgling bird the other day, trying out its newly sprouting feathers, it occurred to me that we were similar in our desire to stretch out and use what God has given us; the fledgling bird and the fledgling word.

Ergo the title wordlings – for this is what I feel like, a fledgling worder…in this genre of fiction.

Is this you? well, you are in good company.  Why don’t we traverse these skies together?  Give me a quick follow, and I will do the same.

As sparrows (mostly solitary birds) establish family groups, so should we.  Families help each other (well, generally) and  are great traveling companions because you can trust them (mostly-at least when it really counts :). So, I will do what I can for you wordlings and  leaving my foraging’s for you to glean from, and I hope to glean from your experiences as well.

So what do you say wordlings? Wanna take flight?

Here is my newest foraging: Do you need a better word for something that is happening in your newest writing project and a book of synonyms  just isn’t getting it?  This morning I was looking for a way to show how words can inflict pain, and my normal trails of inspiration just weren’t inspiring me.

My son calls this wording, and most often in the sense that he can’t “word”. I find this most frustrating when he has an English paper due, and I am trying to encourage him to write it. He says “I can’t word today”

Seriously?

Anyway, off the rabbit trail…

I discovered a great source of words that I hadn’t thought of using before.  You can put in a phrase and ask for a word to come out that fulfills that meaning and there it is, because sometimes you only have a  descriptive phrase of what you are looking for.

It is a crossword puzzle solver’s website – {who knew?}

Here is the web address: http://www.the-crossword-solver.com/

I hope that it helps!

Looking forward to “meeting” all of you wordlings out there!

Your turn: What is your favorite source of synonyms?