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Capturing Ordinary Moments

Yes, it’s December. It’s cold. It may even be snowy where you are (I’m envious!) but regardless of your location, it’s the perfect time to bundle up, grab a basket, and head outdoors to search for things to create a holiday table centerpiece. 

  • Pine cones
  • Evergreen branches
  • Berries (if there aren’t small children in the home)
  • Sculptured bare branches 
  • Nuts
  • Acorns
  • Fruit

As you walk, consider pointing out the details of God’s magnificent handiwork. When you return home, place a large white candle in the center, sharing how Christ is the true light, the light of all mankind (read John 1). 

Capturing ordinary moments for God’s glory releases extraordinary possibilities.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You
shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them
when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you
lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Day 7: Puzzled? (A fun family tradition to begin now!)
Day 11: Simple Ways to Share Christ this Christmas

5 New Places to Write

Local cafes top the list of favorite places to write but in A Writer’s Book of Days, Judy Reeves suggests several more places to try:

Laundromats: Thumping noises, lint-filled air, quarters clanging, and the scent of soap and bleach offer a completely different sensory experience. 

Outdoor areas in nature: Take a walk, take your shoes off, take the time to lie back on the grass and write. And just because you’re in the green and blue open spaces doesn’t mean you have to write pastoral. Often the opposite of where we find ourselves is what we write, as Ernest Hemingway said, writing of Michigan while hunched over cafe au lait in a Parisian cafe. 

Bus depots, train stations, airports, and other way stations where travelers come and go: Stay in one place and observe the people in transit. Pick up the buzz of motion and let its vibration inform your writing. 

Public transportation: You write while they drive, and let yourself be transported to somewhere else, both in body and writer’ spirit. 

Your bed: Fluff those pillows, grab a hot cup of coffee, and try practicing this location first thing in the morning while sleep still clings to your consciousness, or at night before you slide down into dreamy repose.

There is writing when you are intending to, 
and this other, less frequent, sometimes 
more beautiful writing that just comes. 
-James Salter
Tiny House on the Hill

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