Daily Prompt: Unfurl

Daily Prompt: Unfurl

Daily Prompt: Unfurl

Numerous scenes entered my mind immediately upon reading today’s prompt, unfurl. The flavor of all of them can be … ‘heralded’ by a few scenes:

  • Master and Commander: When the Surprise is disguised as a whaler in order to lure the enemy in, and that moment when they unfurl the Union Jack and let loose their barrage
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  • The Last Samurai: The samurai forces feign a retreat (signaling with colored flags) and the “modern” army pursues them (away from their advantage, the artillery) into an ambush
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    The Battle of Hastings, 1066, one of my favorites eras: history tells that the Normans also used the retreat ploy to get the Anglo-Saxons to break their line

I’m sure you can see in your mind your own special memories of the proud and valiant unfurling of banners or other pendants. What’s special about them is, I think, the anticipation that has been built up around the momentous event.

It’s a declaration of greatest dramatic effect. A proclamation of all-or-nothing commitment.

I can identify this moment in my own life as July 25, 2008. It was the best and the worst day, the day I tried to quit, the day I was saved for all time.

It was at this point that I began to follow the standard of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With my heart firmly displayed on my sleeve, I began to put on the armor of God.

It is, I think, one of the greatest analogies in all of literature.

armorEphesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

6 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Daily Prompt: Jiffy

Daily Prompt: Jiffy

Daily Prompt: Jiffy

jiffy
Why do so many of the Daily Prompts remind me of food? The last is the famous, and long-time cornbread brand, Jiffy. It was part of a Saturday even ritual when I was growing up: franks, baked beans, and Jiffy cornbread.

I had a second thought when I saw this prompt, though:

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:25-26

I think of all those questions that can’t be answered in this life:

  • Is there life after death?
  • Where do we go?
  • How real is God, the Creator?
  • Was it all really a grand conspiracy?

Well, I believe that we will grasp all those answers in a jiffy, upon our passing from this world to the next. (Only then, they won’t matter so much to us.) Some ‘jiffy’ synonyms are

(very) soon
in a second
in a flash

We will all know, believers and non-believers, whether or not there is anything or not. If there’s nothing after death, we’ll know it (in a way) because we’ll experience nothing. Either way, I find it comforting.

Daily Prompt: Prickle

Daily Prompt: Prickle

Daily Prompt: Prickle

OK, I admit it. I wasn’t sure on this one. I actually had to look it up. A prickle (noun) is something that pricks (verb). IOW, a thorn.

Next, I searched for an image to go with this post, and had a laugh-out-loud moment when this one came up first:
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I seriously went back to make sure I’d included the “l-e!”

Most of the images were, as you might expect, flowers – plants that grow thorns. But I chose another image, one that I found kind of interesting in the search results:

barbed wire

It is, of course, barbed wire. Maybe there was some search meta data linking the two? I don’t know…

Daily Prompt: Carousel, The Addiction

Daily Prompt: Carousel, The Addiction

Daily Prompt: Carousel

Addiction the carousel of horror
Cycling not round and round
But vertical, up and down

Addiction’s painted horses
Ride shame regret and fear
And desire for final leave

Addiction’s music gaudy bawdy
Not cheerful but a dirge
Covered ears no stop to urge

Addiction has a younger cousin
Compulsion uncontrolled
Wringing hands an exact fold

Addiction’s time repeating
Never to be ended?
Please n’more again again!

Daily Prompt: Amble

Daily Prompt: Amble

Daily Prompt: Amble

OK, call me confused. If amble means “(a) walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace” (noun and verb), how do we get to preamble being “part of a document or an introduction?” This is important stuff to know!

So I ambled over to my dictionary to check it out.

The words are related, both stem from Latin ambulare ‘to walk.’ Preamble took an extra step in late Latin praeambulus ‘going before.’ So I can see how the transition from specifically walking to something coming before came about.

Now you know!

 

PS: Regarding the picture, back in May 2015, I had only the one speed, “slow.”

 

Daily Prompt: Casual

Daily Prompt: Casual

Daily Prompt: Casual
Casual is word that scares me these days. It does have a few meanings (six listed on Google dictionary) and one of them is – to me – dangerous. And my apprehension is backed up by the origin of this frightful utterance. Don’t be taken in!

Let’s take a look. There are four definitions for the adjective, and two for the noun. Most of them seem innocuous:

Adj

2. Not permanent; temporary

3. By chance, accidental

4. Without formality, particularly of clothing

Noun

1. A person who does something irregularly

2. Informal clothing

 But it’s the first, main connotation that is disturbing to me:

1. Relaxed or unconcerned

  • Made or done without much thought or premeditation 
  • Done or acting in a desultory way (desultory: lacking a plan or purpose, half-hearted, random, unfocused)
  • Done or acting without sufficient care or thoroughness

Some synonyms:

  • Unthinking
  • Unconsidered
  • Throwaway
  • Superficial
  • Indifferent
  • Unconcerned
  • Apathetic
  • Uncaring

Although it’s not listed as a synonym, to me casual is too much like complacent, and, if you’ve been following Sharing God’s Story, you know this is especially detrimental for me. In my journey of healing and transformation, temporary, indifferent, and unthinking are backwards steps. 

Perhaps one synonym in particular which might convey my fear is devil-may-care. If there’s anything I want to try to stay far away from, it would be something the devil may care about.

Casual’s origin speaks volumes. It’s derived from the Latin word casus, “fall.” No thank you! I don’t recommend casual!

Daily Prompt: Partner

Daily Prompt: Partner

Daily Prompt: Partner

I thought I’d try something a little different for today’s daily prompt, partner.

Do you like riddles?

Who Am I?

  • I’m known as your best friend
  • I was paired up with you by someone who loves you very much
  • I am with you to teach you things and to remind you of things you have heard
  • You can consult with me over the big decisions (and the small ones, too)
  • I give you great feelings and the ability to be loyal and modest
  • There is nothing illegal in how I do this, or in what I do, although some people might not understand this

Think you know? Please comment!