Joining Lisa-Jo Baker today with a one word topic to write about for 5 minutes. We writing teachers call it a “writing prompt”.

Just Begin.

Pick up the pen.

Open a new document and start typing.

Every new habit has to begin somewhere.

  • Starting a new exercise routine? Get the clothes/DVD/mat/ (insert the tools you need) ready, set the alarm and BEGIN.
  • Starting a daily habit of reading Scripture, prayer, journaling? Gather the tools in a corner of a room. Light a candle and BEGIN.
  • Ready to BEGIN something creative? Sign up for a class, browse the aisles of Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s. Surf Pinterest for ideas.
  • Painting a room? Buy the supplies and stash them in the middle of the room so you can’t ignore them.

BEGINNING is often the hardest step. The blank canvas, a blank page, your cluttered desk, a dingy room may appear so impossible, so improbable that you lose your nerve, lose your desire. You are defeated before you take the first step.

Fear of failing, of making a mess, of being imperfect can paralyze us, and we may not even know why.

the dotIn the children’s book The Dot, Vashti’s teacher told her to just make a mark. And she did. In the process she learned the teacher valued her work, and she had more art skills than she ever imagined.

Try singing Maria’s song from The Sound of Music:

Let’s start at the very beginning.

A very good place to start!

The best thing about beginning? We can begin again every day with Jesus. His love never fails – whether we make a mess of a relationship or a mess of our life.

Take heart, dear friend.


 Thank God for new beginnings, new vision new possibilities, new hope, because:

“His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning.” Lamentations 3: 21-22



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