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May Your Personal Space Reflect Christian Love

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 26, 2017


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “May Your Personal Space Reflect Christian Love”

 

 

 

Copyright 2017. Linda Martin Andersen

 

Three feet is often stated as the distance most people prefer to stand from someone else.  This distance is called “personal space.” Name ways you reflect Christian love while standing at a distance and talking to someone.  One example:  smile.

I try to reflect Christian love when I speak with someone.  I know I’m not perfect, so I’m sure my posture and mannerisms do not always seem as warm and friendly as they should.  I will strive to do better.

Another example of a personal space that can reflect Christian love could be your bedroom, your car, etc.  One personal space in my home is the sunporch where I often read and study God’s word.  After this room was remodeled, I had two blank walls to decorate.  I selected a Christian theme for this personal space.  Photos below reveals that one wall is decorated with bird items and the other with flowers. Why? Jesus teaches that God cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field and he also cares for us.  Scripture:  Matthew 6: 25-34. By choosing to decorate my sunporch with this theme, my personal space reflects Christian love. I enjoy spending time in this space.

Discuss personal space and Christian love with your parents!  Perhaps you can work on a Christian themed decorating project as a family.

Copyright 2017. Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2017. Linda Martin Andersen

Writing Prompts: 

  1. How does your personal space reflect Christian love? (your posture and mannerisms)
  2. How does a personal space in your home or car reflect Christian love?
  3. What could you write or draw to display to reflect your Christian love?
  4. What scripture passage(s) would you like to use to reflect a Christian theme?
  5. Name a family project that could reflect a Christian theme in your home.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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R is for Rose, Recyclables, and Remodeled Back Porch

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 21, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “R is for Rose, Recyclables, and Remodeled Back Porch” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

R is for Rose

This is a very hardy climbing rose, rooted from my mother’s bush.  Many years ago on Mother’s Day, my brother, sisters, and I wore a rose cutting to church in honor of our mom.  Wearing a red rose signified a living mother, while a white rose signified a deceased one.  My husband and I decided to stake our climbing rose to a trellis in 2012.  This photo shows the rose in bloom in 2013.  In 2015, we decided to remodel our back porch.  The rose and trellis had to be moved to install a heat/air wall unit that needed to be hung right where the rose was.  I am happy to say that the rose survived the move  and is budding again this year.  Hopefully, there will be red blooms by Mother’s Day.  More about the porch below.

What is your favorite color rose?  Can you finish this old poem?

Roses are red,

Violets are Blue…

Have you ever invented new endings to this poem?

Are you familiar with knock-out roses?  If not, look them up.

Rose by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Rose by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

R is for Recyclables

One bag for plastics, one for cardboard, and one for newspapers.  We live in a rural area and haul our trash to the dump.  We also live in an Army town so we recycled Army laundry bags bought at a pawn shop to haul our recyclables to the dump.  Lots of recycling going on.

Recyclables by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Recyclables by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

R is for Remodeled Back Porch

Over the years, our back porch began to suffer from neglect and turned into a storage area and an eyesore.  It was time for a major remodel.  In 2015, we did just that.

Roof leak caused damage to ceiling. Time to redo. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Roof leak caused damage to ceiling. Time to redo. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Indoor/outdoor carpeting stained from rain. Time to remove. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Indoor/outdoor carpeting stained from rain. Time to remove. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Rattan furniture inherited from husband's parents with replaced cushions and upholstery. Time to enjoy the backporch remodel. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Rattan furniture inherited from husband’s parents with replaced cushions and upholstery. Time to enjoy the back porch remodel. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

New tile flooring and heat/air wall mount unit. Grandmother's kitchen table and chairs. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

New tile flooring and heat/air wall mount unit. Grandmother’s kitchen table and chairs. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

What “R” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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