I participate in a writing link-up most weeks. If you subscribe to this blog, you already know that. When I thought about the writing prompt for this week, nothing bubbled up. The word People is the one-word prompt meant to get me thinking and writing. I came up empty. Not one thing came to mind. I’ve got people! I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. My reaction saddened me for a bit, so I paused and pondered instead of writing.

The enemy would have liked me to stay in that empty place, but the Lord always has better plans (Jeremiah  29:11), and the weekend continued.

But You Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3

On and off, all weekend, my husband and I worked on our glower gardens and landscaping. Yes, it was in the 90’s, but we paced ourselves as we planted perennials, replaced dying trees with burning bushes for fall color, and laid new mulch. Our finished project looks beautiful! We think so, anyway.

On Saturday, we had my mom over for a barbeque and invited cousins we haven’t seen since November. It was just great to share smiles and catch up over grilled hotdogs and ribs. My cousin brought a beautiful cheesecake, covered in red raspberries and blueberries, and dusted with powdered sugar. It was a red, white, and blue extravaganza of a dessert and so yummy.

Since it was the 4th of July, my son invited a friend to enjoy his annual fireworks display in our driveway, and we watched and heard even more all around the neighborhood. My son’s friend is working on her degree in special education, and she took a fond interest in my sister, Michell, who has Downs Syndrome.

 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 5:12

We stayed close to home and close to our people, those we know and love. We shared our love by working toward a common goal, providing hospitality, and expressing genuine interest in each other’s lives. I know this sounds cliché, but we honestly did live, love, and laugh together, and it was good.

Hosta shade garden with New Guinea impatients and petunia hanging baskets

My gratitude is overflowing. The Lord always has better plans.  As it turned out, I had something to write about after all.

What are you grateful for?

What are you writing about?


Where you can find me this week:
FMF Writing Prompt Link-up. The prompt this week is PEOPLE.
Inspire Me Monday link-up, hosted by Anita Ojeda


Live, Love, Laugh image in the center of the featured image by Vectorstock.com


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