Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Guest Blogging Elsewhere: Beautiful Words in Troubled Times

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Today I am guest blogging over at InScribe Writers Online. Our assignment, which I had great joy in undertaking, was to write about creating beauty with words. Right up my alley, don't you think? I thought it would be an easy assignment, since, as you know, I'm usually interested in sharing about beauty and living a beautiful life here.

As it turns out, writing the post was harder than I anticipated. C.S. Lewis captured it for me when he said, "I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand."

He was so right. Draft after draft after draft, I found myself not only searching for the right words but I kept digging into the sentences and phrases I'd typed out, trying to find the essence -- the nub -- of what my heart truly wanted to say.

Thankfully all the pieces began to fall into place. I'm so grateful for the insights and wisdom from my editorially minded sister, and also for my lovely Facebook friend, Sandra, for words she'd shared in a Facebook comment that made a light bulb go off and helped steer my post in the right direction.

I offer you The Gift of Beautiful Words in Troubled Times. I hope you'll stop by. For the link, click HERE

Wishing you a beautiful day.



  1. Brenda, your post was breathtaking to read. Yes, my dear friend, we desperately need you to continue your blog and keep on writing your beautiful words. I do believe in the end - beauty will win. And your blog offers peace and beauty, such a comfort in our world. You have such a God given gift and I am thankful you share it with the world.
    Many Blessings, Sandra

  2. "I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember." (Olive Herford). That's what you do! You have a beautiful ministry of birthing beauty, sharing beauty from the pistil of the flowering bits of life. An old PEI friend used to say he was continually looking for something that was "honest and decent and good." That is what you illumine. You do us all proud and do it with such clarity that the very depressed of mind can soak it up. Leila

  3. Just finished reading your guest post.Well written and so true. Life can be hard, but the beauty is as real as the hard and ugly stuff.

  4. Hello Brenda! Thank you for that thoughtful and encouraging article! I loved every word. I also just sent you a friend request on FB ("Sara Sara" is my "handle" there). Congratulations, also, on your blog anniversary this August. So many have stopped blogging, and I have taken extended breaks too, but it's wonderful to have a beautiful place to come to, like your blog, and find our breath again and to be reminded about what matters most.

  5. I'm so glad I found your beautiful blog. Your words are a gift to my soul.

  6. I'm a sloooow writer--sometimes writing feels like it's pulling teeth! Now I'm off to read your post.

  7. Hi Brenda. Will head over right now. Just wanted to say thank you for your visits to my blog and your sweet comments, too. They mean the world to me. Sincerely, Susan

  8. I'm on my way to read it, if anyone can speak with authority about beautiful writing it would be you, dear Brenda.

  9. I'm excited to go and read your words!
    I will never forget how you helped me write a story.
    Writing is a gift that comes to some and others aren't as fortunate.
    I appreciate all your writings.


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