It's a good morning!
It’s a good morning!

Life is expensive. One way or another something always comes down the pipe that winds up costing money. Often, whatever it is coming down the pipe costs more money than you actually have, and sometimes it’s multiple things coming at once that each cost more than you have. Taken together, that can be a little bit overwhelming. However, God provides. This is one thing that I have learned well in my Christian life. God always provides, sometimes in ways that you don’t expect, and often in ways that you really couldn’t have expected. Sometimes he even provides in ways that seem completely and thoroughly normal… until you sit down to think about it for awhile. So, as Paul says, rejoice. Rejoice in your happiness, rejoice in your plenty, rejoice in your pain, rejoice in your grief, rejoice in your poverty. In all things, rejoice (and again I say, rejoice… …I just had to throw that in there :P). Anyway, today’s exercise is a scene challenge. If you can’t remember the rules, I’ll provide them: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene.  Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction.  If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit.  If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.

Your Challenge: amazingly enough I want you to write a scene about real joy. This is going to be a variation of the movie/book scene challenges we’ve done in the past. Choose one of your favorite scenes from a good book or movie about struggle and find a moment of pure joy in the middle of it. Honestly, you’ll probably be surprised how easy it is to do that. However, instead of simply rewriting the scene, I want you to write a version of what happens that is entirely your own. Your own voice, your own characters, your own setting. Everything should be your own. This isn’t a simple rewrite for practice. I want you to write a scene that reflects the same mood, evokes the same emotions, and handles plot in the same way, but that is still completely your own work.

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