Creative Journal

Observe the qualities of the air in three distinct locations—at an open window, in a car, near a factory. Write a paragraph about each, in the style of a wine critic.

The air from the open window was nice. It was brisk and smooth at times. It provided the feeling of freedom as it wafted into the room. I couldn’t help but enjoy the scent of fall that the breeze brought with it.

The air in a car was too manufactured in a sense. I enjoyed the ability to control it, don’t get me wrong. But the element of freedom wasn’t there with it. It felt forced.

The air near the factory was toxic. It’s odor was foul and tainted. I could picture the factory in my mind right now and still have the remains of its air in my nostrils instantly. The factory air was not ideal.

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Wedding v. Marriage

I’m just wondering when people get married are they really getting married for forever or for an idea? You know, there is a difference between the wedding and the marriage.

Marriage is a great. I’m not married yet, but I’ve seen great marriages. So, I know it can be great. God created marriage, so it has to be something good. But I’m curious as to why people put so much effort into the wedding and hardly any into the marriage.

I’m not saying weddings can’t be fun. And I’m not saying a person shouldn’t be excited about having one. Be happy. You’ve found someone to spend the rest of your life with! It’s great!

But, why is it more important to plan the wedding than it is the marriage? If you’ve been dreaming about the perfect wedding since you were a child, shouldn’t you have spent some time trying to be the “perfect” wife when it’s over.

Although the timing really is unparelleled, just go with me here. If life here is only a glimpse of time compared to eternity, then what is the time of a wedding compared to a marriage that’s meant to last forever? Isn’t only a glimpse as well.

Divorce is too easy an option for us today. I’m not saying that sometimes you don’t need to get out of a marriage. But I am saying that it seems like it might not be worth it to divorce because he doesn’t like to clean up, if divorce wasn’t such an easy scapegoat.

I am no expert in marital affairs. And so I don’t write about marriage as a know-it-all. I write about it because I need the reminders myself. I write because when my marriage isn’t going the way I planned it, I can look back and be held accountable.

As I prepare for my wedding in less than a month, I just want to remind myself and other people in the world to not lost sight of the bigger picture. Weddings are good, but they aren’t marriage. Work towards being happy everyday and not just for that day. For many, the day they get married is the best day of their lives. But don’t let it be the best day of your marriage either.

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The Love Choice

Psalm 124:2 

What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us? 

I will admit, I went off on a bit of a tangent with this verse in my quiet time, but it just brought all these different thoughts to mind. I started thinking about how my life really wouldn’t be my life if God hadn’t been by my side. All the things that I do or don’t do have made me better, simply because of God at my side. So, that led to even further thinking.

A lot of times I think it’s easy to think to ourselves that Jesus was perfect so life on earth would have been easier for Him than it is for us. But, He left a perfect place, to dwell on earth amongst imperfection. That doesn’t seem very easy. We don’t like going anywhere when things aren’t organized. The show starts late. The wedding is behind. Time is ticking, it’s just not… perfect. And we hate that. Yet, Jesus dealt with our imperfection.

It’s easy to say, well shouldn’t Jesus have been able to live a perfect life? Jesus is God and God is perfect, so yeah He came and lived a perfect life in an imperfect world, that should be possible. But why would He do that? Love.

God is Love. And God didn’t have to leave Heaven to be on earth. He chose to. And where there is love, there is a choice. That’s why it matters so much to have a God that chooses to be present. Because when He chooses to be there, He is choosing love.

Love provides a choice. God chose to love, because God is Love. He chose imperfect people to display His perfect love to. I should hope we would do the same.

But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8

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Creative Journal

You just realized you left something at home that you really need today. What is it?

Man, how could I forget my water bottle. I ALWAYS have it. Now what am I going to do?

It’s a three hour drive and I’ve been coughing almost nonstop. And let’s face it, I’m probably not giong to stop. I would have to have the fullest bladder and the worst cough to stop on this drive. I’m ready to be there. And the full bladder probably won’t be a thing, because I forgot my water bottle anyway! This sucks!

Plus, that water bottle was a gift. I’m always accused of never using it. If he saw me with it today, hopefully that would’ve shut him up. Doesn’t matter now.

Dang it! No water. No shutting up. This is going to be a long trip I believe.

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Creative Journal

Write about how shallow people try to create an aura of authenticity by consuming books, films, and food, and befriend other, actually authentic people.

The art of being shallow has always been to not seem so self-consumed. If I’m so focused on reading, watching, and eating the right things I can’t be shallow. I’m investing in my well being. Exactly, “in MY well being” and only mine.

I’m not shallow. My best friends are the most giving sincere people on the planet. I’m in great company. Yes, but are they? Are you giving and sincere? Are you giving and sincere when it is of no obvious benefit for you?

Read all your self-help books. Paint the picture of a kind authentic person. But real authentic people can see right through that. Those best friends probably see what you’re up to. They are aware that you need them so that you seem authentic.

Shallow people, don’t fool yourselves. Everyone can see right through your water. Our eyes are practically hitting your ocean floor. We can’t dive into your person because there’s not enough water.

We see through you. Now, what are you going to do?


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Let’s Not Pretend – Election 2016

I’ve never liked the pretend game. And as an adult, I especially don’t like it now. So let’s stop pretending. Honestly, I’ve never been so unexcited to express a right to vote in my life. I will vote because of the sacrifice my ancestors made for me to. I will vote because I believe if you don’t vote, you don’t get to voice your opinion about the issues. But, let’s not pretend when it comes to voting.

This year, let’s not pretend that people aren’t going to vote based on what their parents said, or what their state represents. Let’s not pretend that people aren’t going to vote simply because they “belong” to a specific party and that’s all that matters.

Let’s not pretend that either candidate is an ideal representative for our country, because face it, I doubt either party really really wants the nominee they have. So let’s stop with the politics of pretending, because we’re not getting anything accomplished.

I will vote. But what I will not do is pretend that I am casting a vote because either candidate represents the Christian moral values that I stand for, and that I had hoped America stood for as well. I am not going to pretend that my conscious isn’t eating away at me when I think about the moral decay of our society everyday.

I am not going to pretend that I am a die-hard representative for either nominee just because I don’t like one or the other. I am not going to pretend that this year’s election doesn’t make me nervous. I’m just not.

But I will pray. I will pray for our country. I will pray for both candidates. I will pray for both parties. And I will hope. I will hope for a dramatic change in our society. I will hope for the return of Christian morals. I will hope for better days.

I will vote. I will pray. I will hope. But I will not pretend.

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Politics of Pretending

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