Friday, July 21, 2017

Slowly Melting





I am so sorry! It's been way too long since my last post! But the hiatus sure has been nice :) I am easing back in with a poem that kind of reflects this season of my life. It's about letting God melt your shallow wants and desires to conform so that you can be shaped into something more beautiful. Think of a blacksmith, melting impurities and hammering the metal out to form a beautiful piece that is a useful instrument, I had a heart touching experience with this live example at VBS.

In this process...realizing that I am not (and should not want to be) a clone but a very special, unique piece created by God's own hands. It's not an easy process, it's one of tugging and pushing and pulling and pain: but in the end what emerges is worth so much more than that pain. It's the bittersweet season of growing up, the balance between childhood and adulthood. It's growth...it's life and above all it's God's love.

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There's a warmth creeping up my bones
Golden sunlight draws its brush over a cool restful heart
Put together, breaking it apart
Finding myself scared
I'm getting soft, slowly melting

There's a shimmering beauty mirrored in the waters
Flashing rays reflected in my eyes
Sinking them low I cannot rise
I'm wishing for something I shouldn't wish for, slowly melting

There's a soft glowing light and laughter in the air
And if only I could laugh along but I can't
Yet I know it's not wrong
It's that I'm getting stronger, slowly melting

And as the sunlight grows and the sounds of people swirl around me
Staring at that point above the water, where the sunlight hits the ripple
And it goes on, goes on and on...
into something new, Slowly melting

- Anna C. S.


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Talk to me <3 What has God been doing in your life? What have you learned this summer? Did you go to or help out with VBS? Let's all chat below! :)

 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; 
I have set my heart on your laws.
(Psalm 119:30)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Meet my MC, River // Writing Contest!



A few posts ago, I asked you all to submit questions for my MC to answer. FINALLY I have made time to answer them *guilty grin* and also bring up the promised writing contest! But truth be told you guys helped me A LOT with these questions, what started as an idea for a fun little post helped me to sit down and make time to explore my character! *bows thankfully to readers*. Read on and please make sure to enter the contest for a chance to get featured on my blog and get comprehensive feedback on your work! :)
 
ABOUT THE MC

Name: River Naomi Montgomery
Birth Date: October 7th
Height: 5’5
Weight: 119
Age: 18
Skills: Design and Planning
Favorite Food: Cookies
Favorite Drink: Southern Style Ice Tea
Career: Just graduated and working the summer at Starbuck’s Coffee as well as helping out with a ministry
Normal Clothing Type: Casual and Comfy, sweaters, tee shirts, jeans, boho blouses, tall boots, boho type sandals.
Skin Color: Fair/White
Eye Color: Very dark brown, almost black
Hair Color: Black
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite quote: There are better things ahead than any we leave behind – C. S. Lewis
Ever been in love: Yes, regretfully
Likes: Honesty, down to earth people, food and hiking
Dislikes: Being stressed or hurried, two faced people
Weapon of choice: A long throwing knife
Favorite Color: All shades of blue
Talents: Design and catching on quickly to anything
Hobbies: Hiking, journaling, outdoor sports and trips

 MC QUESTIONS:
Thank you all so much for commenting these questions, you might have done it for fun but your questions helped develop my character! <3 Note that these questions are not too deep because River is a little secretive and doesn't like to speak about herself too much despite her rigid honesty and outspokenness, also realize these questions are all set before the story begins. It is a kind of a backstory on the character :). *Inserts your name* meet River, River meet my friend, *you*.
 
What was your most heartbreaking moment?
Just all the family moments of arguing, they always break my heart; no matter how used to them I should be by now. I just wish my family was happy together.

What was one moment of overwhelming joy for you?
When our old neighbors moved out. The lady of the house was an avid fan of opera and greatly aspired to join the ranks of talented amateurs. Ask me? Pure torture.

When did you feel closest to God?  The furthest?
Hmm, that’s a hard question. I guess when my old relationship failed. I needed God, I needed help. Unfortunately it seems that when I grow comfortable, I subconsciously put God on the back burner. The furthest would probably be before that incident, I thought I was close. Being in love is very delusional. 

What’s your family like?
My father is a computer engineer and my mother grew up in a well to do family, her father was president of a vast evangelizing ministry so they traveled all throughout the world. So life is never boring! I have a sixteen year old brother named Michael, I love him to death and he has to be the funniest and most charming person, unlike me. When I see him succeed socially it makes me so happy because he’s doing so much better than I ever did or will do, for that fact!

How would you describe yourself in six words? How about others?
Ahh easy…awkward, cookie loving, rudely honest, over thinking, and emotional.
Others? That’s not as easy, I don’t know anyone too well. Tess says I’m too patient, Some of Mother’s friends call me smart, other ones call me blunt, I’ve been said to be pretty and strong for my long hikes and also annoying by my brother. That should make six… 

What are your hobbies?
I love to journal and review books, I generally have a lot of free time…so I do that. I also love to throw knives, (don't worry, I only throw at targets *grins*) I haven’t done that lately though. I absolutely love hiking, I have my favorite haunts but I’m always eager for new paths and trails.

How do you see yourself in five years?
That’s a scary question! I have absolutely no idea…so much it worries me sometimes. I really have no idea of what the future holds for me.

What are your dreams/nightmares like?
Hazy and tormenting. Usually they draw me back to my past mistakes or things I wanted to be. The happy dreams are very hazy, almost like magic that I can’t explain. Rarely I see children, and somehow I know they’re mine, I also see a man but for some reason it’s like I’m seeing myself and I’m not there myself.

What is your greatest joy in life?
The little things. Warm water over my skin, finishing a hike, biting into a still hot cookie, laughs with Michael, reading beautiful words on cool paper. Roasting mother’s friends very politely. *laughs softly*

If you could spend the rest of your life doing one thing, what would it be?
Probably having a family and staying close together. Whatever it is that my life will bring me, I just want to be a good person, laugh a lot, bake plenty of cookies, and grow to be the most blunt, energetic grandma known. *dark brown eyes sparkle mischievously*

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  - WRITING CONTEST -

Topic: Why do we have hope in tomorrow? 

Genre: Short Story/Poem

Time Frame: July 6th - July 16th

Entry Rules: 
 - No more than 500 words
 -Neatly Spaced
 - Write from the heart and enjoy! <3

 
 
 What do you think of River? Any suggestions as to the character? Any thoughts? Introduce your characters to me or let's chat about our WIP'S! Did you enter the contest? 
Join me below, whatever you have to say, your comments always make my day! <3


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, 
so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

(2 Corinthians 12:9)