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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: River (08/31/06)

TITLE: My Favourite Place


My Favourite Place

It is hard to imagine my life without a daily walk down by the river. The river has been my life source in a way I have not experienced before at any time, anywhere. My river walk experiences have introduced many changes into my life. It is a place where I can soak in the warmth of the sunshine or feel the coolness of a winter breeze. It is a place to ponder on God’s mercies and grace. No better place to spend time with my Lord, at the start of the day, than by the river my favourite place.

The first few times I attempted the daily walk, I found it quite a difficult task to accomplish. I had previously considered it was enough to sit on the grass beside the car and enjoy the peace. Now I walk right to the end of the path where I found a place of solace. Walking is a painful experience for me. For almost ten years, I have had to drag my right leg behind me like a piece of heavy wood. About a year ago, a podiatrist introduced me to a new friend, a drop-foot splint. The orthoses gives me a much more normal gait pattern and allows me to walk with less stress on the joints. It creates a reflex movement that allows me to swing my leg forward in a more normal walking rhythm. Since receiving the splint, I have been more active, but walking is painful most days.

My writing inspiration comes broad and swift after my times spent by the river. It is like being in harmony with creation, independently closer to God the Creator. Expressions of my thoughts, I share through my poems and devotions that are stimulated by my river walks. Words, sentences and even just ideas, blend into my thoughts while I take in the glorious surroundings. I have offered up many a prayer to my Lord when walking the brick pathway along the river.

A wooden park bench is located on the grassy bank where I can take in the panoramic view, overlooking a bend in the river. I love to sit for a while before taking the trek back along the pathway. I can view the distant mountain range that outlines the horizon. When I look back up the river, I can see the sturdy bridge where cars and trucks travel back and forth to their destinations. The bridge is over a wider section of the river and its distance produces a toy like effect. Fauna and flora is in abundance. Every living plant and creature around me worships the Lord with its uniqueness. I am amazed at the many new discoveries in the beauty of this river. Every day I see a new portrait painted by the Creator. The river reflects the majestic wonder of God’s greatness.

The realisation that I too am unique in God’s plan has expanded my relationship with the Lord. My Maker meets me anywhere at any time, but this is my special place I pour out my soul to the Father. He knows my every weakness. He knows my every pain.

My future looks bleak in the eyes of my doctors. In my eyes, I see peace, beauty and expectations of God’s promises to his children. One day I will be with Him, in all His glory, in a place where there is no more pain and tears wiped away. Until then, I will enjoy the little pleasures in this life He has given to me. I will spend time walking beside Him, by the river, my favourite place to be.

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Donna Powers 09/07/06
I love your spirit of calm acceptance and trust in the Lord. What a wonderful attitude, and a beautiful description of your place by the river.
Bill Grimes09/07/06
Stirring tribute to THE River of life that breeds such beautiful passion and gratitude. I felt hope and solace, a twinge of sad melancholy when I discovered the writers physical pain, and complete peace as I shared their journey to their favorite place. I greatly enjoyed this plenary range of emotions. Heartfelt and inspirational.

Thomas Kittrell09/07/06
Rivers continue to fascinate people from all walks of life, just as mountains and oceans do. I am glad you have your river to help inspire you to turn out such great writings to inspire the rest of us. This article has stirred up an awareness in me of something that has been missing in my life for the last few years, without my even being conscious of it. I no longer have that "special geographical place" to go to for inspiration like I used to. I've got to get out and find me another one. Thanks for pouring out your heart, and God is bigger than those doctors.
Suzanne R09/08/06
You've painted a lovely picture. I, too, used to love walking by the river. As a young woman, my family lived at Lapstone and it was a 15 minute clamber down the steepest part of the mountain to the Nepean River where it intersects with the Glenbrook Gorge. As I grew older and less energetic, gentle walks between the two bridges over the river at Penrith (up one side and down the other) were more my scene. So you brought back lovely memories - thanks.

One constructive tip you might like to consider is to sit by the river and brainstorm everything your five senses experience, then build that into your piece. The part where you described what you could see was especially beautiful. I'd like to have known what you could smell (that lovely moist smell, the grasses etc), hear (the rumbling of the bridge, the squawking of birds) etc.

Again - well done - this is a lovely picture. And as other comment-ers have said, God is greater than doctors ... and I hope you have many many years of blessed walks by the river there. Praise God for the splint.
Kaye Petts09/09/06
Thank you for sharing just a small bit of your life. We, as Christains, all need a "river" of our own to sharpen our sense of who God really is.Keep writing and God Bless, Kaye
Joanne Sher 09/10/06
This is just beautiful. Your descriptions are so vivid and your details make this scene so real! I was definitely right there with you!!
Lynda Lee Schab 09/10/06
Thanks for sharing this glimpse of yourself with us. You write well - the piece flowed smoothly from beginning to end and you wrapped it up nicely. Superb!
Jan Ackerson 09/10/06
A someone who has a daughter with a mobility problem, I especially appreciated your 2nd and 6th paragraphs.
Joanne Malley09/11/06
As a fellow water lover, I can relate to the floodgates of emotion opening, but for me it's near the ocean. Beautifully written from the heart. Thanks for sharing a piece of you, your eloquent words and your talent. :)
Marilyn Schnepp 09/11/06
Tranquility of the His river brings you peace; whereas the sound of thunderous waves of His mighty ocean bring me peace. Each of us, however, feels closer to God in our favorite spots...and this is such a beautiful picture of that feeling. Great read and so enjoyable. Thanks!
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/11/06
I especially liked this sentence: "Every living plant and creature around me worships the Lord with its uniqueness."

Thank you for sharing your special place with us, and sharing your heart. Beautiful article.
Val Clark09/12/06
A beautiful piece of heartfelt writing, Chrissy! This is a delightful piece of journaling and you have no need to feel people are just being 'nice.' I particularly like the way you say ¡¥inspiration comes broad and swift¡¦ thus mimicking the movement of the river.
You have about 150 words to play with and, as others have said, bringing in the other senses will enlarge the reader¡¦s understanding of your experience. The same with when you say ¡¥Fauna and flora is in abundance¡¦ - you could describe one thing. Without going into words like perambulate, ƒº vary your use of repeated words like ¡¥experience¡¦, ¡¥thoughts¡¦ and even ¡¥walk¡¦ and ¡¥river¡¦, especially if they occur close to each other. These small things aside, you should be happy with this piece.

Brenda Craig09/13/06
Ahhh...This is so tender and sweet, so full of faith and a content heart. Simply lovely Chrissy. Blessings:)
Rita Garcia09/13/06
That in the midst of pain you look for the pleasures He brings is inspiring. Blessings!
Cheryl Harrison09/13/06
Sweet, sweet writing. Thanks for sharing your gift.
Valora Otis09/20/06
Chrissy! So sorry I missed this! It's truly lovely and inspired. I'm so glad that you will be with us for a good long time. Doctors don't always know everything and God works his wonders every day of our lives. Keep taking those walks with Father. Loritkeet:-)