Today’s January Joy Dare is to look for a gift that makes you laugh, a gift that makes you pray, and a gift that makes you quiet.
Laugh – I loved this post by Kate from Chronicles of a Country Girl. She titled it “Let the Good Times Roll” and it shows her dog rolling around on his back. Unfortunately, my picture of the beagle doing it looks like a beached whale and is not quite something I’d use anywhere to advertise my blog!
Pray – I’ve found a Christian writer’s conference in May. I’d given no thought to something like this (nor is it on my wishlist of travel this year either!), but other things are falling in line for my writing. I think this may be a path in front of me. For a number of reasons, my favorite boy toy thinks I should go.
I’ve gone to some of the weekend classes at the University of Iowa for their writer’s workshops. They were fun and I got a lot out of them. I’d always wanted to go back for a full week, but never did. Although my writing has been a goal for quite a few years, this is the year it’s gaining momentum.
Quiet – I’ve taken down some of the Christmas decorations, but left up the lights. The other night, my favorite boy toy went out to do some errands. I sat there quietly in the dark, enjoying the fire and the lights, and just relaxed as I cuddled the dogs. It was a wonderful gift of solitude. I did some praying, but mostly I just sat there and absorbed the silence.
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.