Month: February 2014

~Look Beyond the Smile~

Peace of My Heart

“Hi, how are you?”

“Fine, and you?”

“Just fine.”

Hand shake, hug around the neck, smile and move on.

Sounds about right for a typical Sunday morning encounter at your local church, wouldn’t you say?

The trouble with this type of interaction is it oozes with “fakeness.”  It would be real easy for Christians to be satisfied with that blanket response that they will likely get from every person they greet in the congregation.  While some people may be just fine, the majority are lying.  It’s simpler to say that one little word than it is to be real with people.  Our job as ambassadors for Christ is to look beyond that pretty little, plastered on smile and see what’s going on inside the heart.

“Laughter might hide your sadness. But when the laughter is gone, the sadness remains.” (Proverbs 14:13 CEV)

This is why I urge you to pray…

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Emotions and Elsa

“Don’t let them in,

Don’t let them see,

Be the good girl you always have to be,


Don’t feel,

Put on a show,

Make one wrong move and everyone will know.”

If you’ve watched the new Disney movie Frozen or memorized the lyrics for Let It Go or First Time In Forever from that movie, you may recognize those lyrics. The lyrics above are from First Time In Forever. In Let It Go, Elsa changes the last part a little.

“Don’t let them in,

Don’t let them see,

Be the good girl you always have to be,


Don’t feel,

Don’t let them know…”

How many times do we hide our true feelings from others? We hide, we cover up, we lie, just to keep from showing others our emotions. We “put on a show” as Elsa states*.

Why do we feel like we need to cover up what we feel? If someone asks, “How are you?”, we automatically say “I’m good” or “I’m fine.” Why? There’s plenty of reasons: we don’t want to put other people out, we don’t want to ruin someone’s day, we don’t want others to know about our problems, and we don’t want others to judge us. To put it simply, we just think it’s easier not to talk to others about our emotions.

Maybe the next time you’re talking to someone, you should take the time to ask, “How are you, really?” And maybe we should be honest with others when we’re hurting, or sad, or frustrated. It might make things a whole lot easier.

*Okay, so maybe Elsa isn’t hiding her emotions so much as she’s hiding her powers, but the lyrics still apply, right? 🙂


Follow the Moon Maker

Heavenly Raindrops

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I’m not being followed by a moonshadow; I’m following the moon Maker.

Follow Jesus.

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© Sue Nash/2014

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Weekly Writing Helper: Random Ideas

Weekly Writing Helpers are here to help you when you get stuck or are fresh out of ideas. I’d love to read what you come up with! If you post your story, you can link back to this post or tag your post with Weekly Writing Helper. 🙂

The Weekly Writing Helper topic “Random Ideas” are prompts that have no relation to each other. Watch out! More may be coming soon!

Planning Stages Idea:

Have your character search for a missing town

Plot Twist Idea:

Have your character lose the most important thing in the story

Writer’s Block Idea:

Go back and edit your story, starting from the beginning