Daily Prompt: Bedtime Stories

March 23, 2013

The Challenge:  What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

Oh, I am a bit late seeing this DP Challenge but I simply must answer it for there is a definite and immediate name, book, and direct influence on my life!

There is a book, which I still have, and loved from before I knew how to read.  I looked at it at bedtime and every other chance I got.  The pages are worn not from age but from the frequency they’ve been flipped through.  The book and author not only influenced the woman I am now but helped set a path for my life, my outlook on the world around me, and my writing to this very day.  His work also helped to form the means by which I express myself spiritually and through which the Lord uses me to share Himself with others i encounter on my path.

The book:  A Child’s Garden of Verses

The author:  Robert Louis Stevenson

I have been in love with poetry and with nature from the first time I heard his words about birdies, swings, the sea, and more.  Oh, the adventures, the glorious sunshine streaming through his words and more.  I saw a world I didn’t know and it had music, it was full of color, and it was one I hungered to see and interpret artistically myself.  What I didn’t know was that the author of these words which so touched me came from the pen of a man who was always quite physically ill . . . indeed from the time he was young.  Amazing. Stevenson was born in 1850 and Scottish – I as well have Scottish ancestry.  His writing and poetry have touched so many generations!  His death in 1894 has not changed this as new generations still discover the magic from his pen, just like I did.  I cannot imagine my own writing becoming the legacy that his did, but I cannot look at a bird, a swing, a cow, or an ocean wave without knowing they are beautiful, magical, and possess a power and unique purpose . . . just as every one of us do.  To learn more of this man and his legacy, click here.  Want to change a child’s life forever?  Teach them to love reading!  Buy them a book!  Read to them!

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Inspiration From Robert Louis Stevenson

August 16, 2012

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          – Robert Louis Stevenson –

I have always loved the words of Stevenson.  What most inspires me is that, like Paul’s letters, this is a man who expresses a message of joy and hope while facing challenges . . . painful challenges.  Paul’s imprisonment and beatings received at the hands of his captors and Stevenson’s lifelong health challenges.  Such uplifting, bright, and joy filled words shining from the lips and pen of a man often confined to his bed. 

There are many in our midst in this cyber world who face physical, emotional, provisional challenges and more yet in the blog world we don’t see faces, only written words.  Their words touch our hearts, heal us, and encourage us to go on.  They sow His seeds against such adversity.  How blessed we are to be a part of this body!  How we are fed by the harvest!

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