One of my peers in the Blogging University Course I’m attending online, Gun Roswell, authors a blog titled: “Rantings of a Third Kind” and he nominated me for a Freestyle Writing Challenge a couple of weeks ago. The aim of the challenge is to write non-stop for a period of time! I thought it sounded fun, and the topic doable, so I took him up on the challenge!
MY TOPIC FOR THE FREESTYLE WRITING CHALLENGE WAS:
Have you ever wished you were either older or younger?
What would you consider to be the benefits and possible problems?
I am so glad that I have taken a couple of weeks to consider what I would write for my challenge. A couple of weeks ago I was asked to take 10 minutes and write on whether I would choose to be younger or older if I had the chance, and why. At first I was going to talk about the philosophical reasons that I would choose to be older, but after beginning a new Bible Study this evening called, “The Mended Heart”, by Suzanne Eller, I have totally reconsidered my reasoning.
The Forward to the book gives the reason Jesus came into the world, from Luke 4:18 – to heal the brokenhearted, to set the captive free, and so on (I have not memorized this verse but hope to over the next few weeks). As I have thought back through my life, I have seen this in play and so wish to reconsider why I would choose to be older rather than younger. I have gained so much in my relationship with Jesus over my lifetime, that I wouldn’t trade that for anything!
When I was 4 years old and first learned about Jesus in Sunday School, my mom says that I was so excited to think that “Jesus loves me.” When I was between 6 and 8 years old, I learned on a quiet Sunday evening that God can and does speak to us – personally, and my life with him began to change. When I was about 9 years old, I discovered that Jesus not only talks with his children, but he will live inside us – being with us forever, if we will let him (through his Holy Spirit). Never alone! And at that time in my life I needed that – I began a piece to my life at that point that knowing that Jesus was living inside me kept me going. In reality kept me alive!
Then in my early 20’s, through the fantasy series by CS Lewis – “The Narnia Series”, I discovered that not only did Jesus love me, but that his love is lavish – not ordinary, every day kind of love, but a love that can take your breath away! In my late 20’s, I learned through a book “Grace Awakening” by Chuck Swindoll, that not only does God love me, but his grace is equally as lavish, and he isn’t loving me just because he has to, but because he greatly desires to. What a freeing thing that was for me to learn, as I had grown up thinking that he loved me, but he was also waiting to hit me up side the head if I failed him. His grace wouldn’t even think of such a thing – but would instead change me by that grace, and free me by his lavish love – on the inside.
Total: 470 words in 10 minutes (but I really want to finish the thoughts – so continued below):
Then in my mid 30’s, when my husband and I adopted our first and only child, a beautiful 5 year old little boy with mild to moderate autism who was later given the diagnosis of severe autism with unspecified mood disorder. (I wasn’t even sure how that would effect us, but knew God was asking us to love him, and knew that we wanted to give him a forever home) I learned that no matter how life grips you, no matter how hard life gets, God will use it to change us and make us more like him – with him we will never go under. He has our back! But he desperately needs to change us and clean up the areas inside that don’t bring us the life and freedom he longs for us to have. Loving that boy and being there as he grew challenged me more than a lifetime of challenges, and showed me most of all that I need Jesus, and that I have stuff inside me that needs to be challenged and changed by his love and grace. I thought I had it all together, but soon realized that he has it all together, and I have to hang on.
In my mid 40’s I faced my most difficult challenge – watching my best friend and husband suffer two years and die an agonizing death to melanoma. In those two years, and in the years following, I have learned probably my most cherished lessons walking with Jesus. He is truly all I need. He is my foundation, my protector, my husband, my song, my hope, my joy, my beloved, my very breath.
I am now learning in my mid 50’s that clinging to him rather than running from him and his plan brings the peace I most long for and the joy that makes every day worth living. I am now remarried to a wonderful man (almost 3 years), and am learning how to be a mom not only to my now almost 23 year old son who has walked this road and is now coming through it, but also to 2 step sons who have walked their own road of sorrow, and are beginning to heal. My challenge ended back at the count mark, but I had to finish the story. I wouldn’t want to forfeit these lessons for anything, including returning youth – as hard as they have been, because they have sketched for me the face and heart of the one who fashioned me in my mother’s womb. I am forever grateful! I am forever indebted! I am forever loved!
Normally I would have gone through and polished the writing up a bit – but the rules below prohibit that, but hope you enjoy the bit of rough writing anyway!
How to do it:
Open an MS Word document (or Pages)
1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.
2. Your topic is at the foot of this post.
3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop.
4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)
5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.
6. At the end of your post write down ‘No. Of words =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
7. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).
I would like to nominate:
2. Vanessa King
4. Faye Roots
5. Greg Wolford
My topic for you is:
Share your greatest adventure, and where it led you.