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

TITLE: The Paper / The Pen / Abundance !
By Patricia Trimarchi


Paper, Pen, Sturdy surface…Abundance!

Thought, Idea, Imagination…Abundance!

What an abundant life we have, fellow writers! The passion we carry for this craft, alone, gives us cause to thank God. Many of our prayers center upon it… “Lord, may the words I write glorify you; Father, please guide me in what to write”. It is that extra thing He has gifted us with, as if salvation were not enough! Let us remember to thank Him for the desire to write, for the ideas that flow continually, and for the ability to convey those thoughts to others in the written word. This is a wondrous thing, as not everyone possesses this gift of imagination, or ability to communicate.

Those who do not write have gifts of their own, though we can’t imagine what it could be like not to love writing! We may feel sorry for them, knowing that they are missing out on so much, while at the same time they are sorry for us, as they revel in their own very different gifts and talents.

True, we writers all have a style of our own, as we have each been created one of a kind, but surely we recognize each other as having been cut from the same cloth. I know in the deepest part of me when my writing is poor. I recognize the mediocre. I also get that heart- pounding thrill when by His mercy something that’s come out of me is so very good, I can’t believe I wrote it. Now that’s abundance!

I know that many of you share this “knowing” in regard to your own writing and like me, find that positive, uplifting critique, rather than “head-swelling”, to be very humbling. That yellow strip across the bottom of my article is the most endearing love letter. For the very first time in my life, a total stranger, in some cases from across the world, saw what I wrote, heard what I said, and found it worthy of comment. What a blessing it is to read that “Well done!” What an honor to receive encouragement to “Keep writing!”

Let us continue this practice to hone our skills (as if we could lay it down!). Let us thank the One who created you and me to write; the One who invented writing; the One who wrote the greatest Book ever written!

Thank you, Lord for the paper, the pen, the sturdy surface, the thought, the idea, the imagination…Thank you for the abundance. Amen!

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Amy Nicholson06/18/06
This was a helpful reminder to me. It's so easy for the writer to become proud. And distracted. We should always remember that "every good and perfect gift comes from above." Thank you. God bless!
Sherry Wendling06/19/06
Thank you for this gracious and beautifully crafted piece! You nailed your audience with the opening stroke: abundance is a fresh page and blossoming idea. The tone of your article soars with grateful awe at the privilege of creating from the heart of the Creator. I love this: "That yellow strip across the bottom of my article is the most endearing love letter."

This one's going in my Fav's for a rainy day!
Valerie Routhieaux06/20/06
Why I write. Yes. You nailed this one. I too give God praise for every word I write, because He is the creator of my imagination. And like you I look for the yellow strip at the bottom of my writing.
Yes, by all means, keep writing.
Debra Brand06/27/06
Oh Patti, how beautifully you've pen a writer's feelings. As you have encouraged others through this challenge, I pray that you receive abundant encouragement for your own writing. You are very blessed. Thanks.