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Blogging from A to Z in April Theme Reveal

Today is the Theme Reveal Day. If you are taking part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge and haven’t found yourself the Theme Reveal Badge, it is here. This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. In 2013 I wrote posts with an alliterative theme, mostly ending with something relating to the Bible.

For the 2017 challenge I have written posts based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have changed the narrator or added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes my post is a summary.

Some of the characters are well-known, others less so.

I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

 

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My blogging goals for 2017

In this third week of 2017 I am setting out (as much for my own benefit as for anyone else’s) my goals for 2017.

I have mentioned before that I have a regular slot on the More than Writers’ blog. I post there on the 31st of the longest months.

Sue’s considered trifles blog is still awaiting a decision about its future. I may reblog some of the earlier book reviews here on Sue’s Trifles. I am not promising to post here every week. However I do intend to take part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge again this year. I have an idea about what I might do, but it will have to wait for the Theme Reveal!

On Sue’s words and pictures I hope to continue with the Daily Post photo challenges, although I have missed one over the New Year holiday. I may not claim to be a post a week blogger there either, although it would be fairly easy to achieve that goal.

Here I am planning to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. I shall continue to review any books I have read and enjoyed. Whether I find time for craft projects remains to be seen. I finished the knitting project I began in the summer on the run-up to Christmas. Now I just need to find a recipient for it…

If Twitter counts as blogging (I have heard it described as micro-blogging) I shall continue to promote my own and others’ blogs. Some of my photos only appear there. Follow me @suesconsideredt if you like.

By cutting down on my blogging frequency, I hope to free up some time for other writing-related activities. I also hope that the viewing figures for each post might increase as a result of being the latest post for a longer time. (Perhaps that is not how it works, but I do seem to put in a lot of effort for little effect.)

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The Bicycle

With all the excitement of the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge and some outings, which resulted in posts (and future posts) on Sue’s words and pictures, I missed my target of a post a week here!

I don’t feel inclined to remove my postaweek badge however.  Instead I am posting a piece of writing I did as homework for the writing group.  This is a local group affiliated to the Association of Christian Writers.  The task was “Keep it simple – 300 words”

The bicycle

“Here’s a bicycle,” said Dad.  “You’ll need to practise until you can ride it without falling off.  It will make life more interesting and widen your horizons.  I’ll help you and go with you.”

“Thanks, Dad.  When can we start?”

“As soon as you like.”

“I’m ready.”

Dad pushed the bike to a level playing field.  His son walked beside him.

“I’ll hold the bike, while you get on.  Can you reach the pedals?”

Dad used a toolkit to adjust the saddle and handlebars.

They practised every day.  At first Dad held onto the back of the saddle.  Then he let go. His son was cycling alone without realising it.

“Don’t turn the handlebars!” warned Dad.  “Just lean slightly in the direction you want to turn.”

After a few falls onto the grassy field, the son could ride his bike.  Next he learned to signal. He was ready to go out with his father.

His life became more interesting and his horizons were widened.

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Learning to trust God is like learning to ride a bicycle.  It takes practice.  Each day we need to climb onto God’s bicycle.  If we try to go our own way, we fall off and have to begin again.  Unlike the earthly father, who trains his son to ride independently, God does not let us go.

He has sent his Son to make it possible for each one of us to accept our spiritual bicycle, his Holy Spirit who guides us from within.  The Bible is our Highway Code.

If the earthly son becomes proud of his bicycle-riding prowess he may fall off. Similarly, if we forget our dependence on God and become proud or inattentive we become separated from him.  When this happens we need turn to him for forgiveness and restoration.