A One Word Ponder: bittersweet

Recently I joined a small group of women for five weeks of pondering sessions through the Biblical book of Ruth and my devotional book 31 Days of Gleaning with Ruth: questioning my way through a famine season was our discussion guide.  My devotional book used a list of 31 words and each word was the topic from which each daily devotional was written.  At the same time, the book of Ruth was the subject matter for study in God’s Word.

It’s an interesting concept.  I hope you might purchase a copy for your summer reading and ask a couple of friends to join you in a discussion group.

At the end of our five weeks together, we joined in fellowship around a table to share a meal and discuss some of our gleanings from our time together.  One woman suggested that we continue together through the summer by writing creatively on one word.  She asked if I would be willing to send out ‘a word’ a week for each of us to ponder and write about.

Obviously, I said, “Of course, I would love to do this summer creative writing with y’all!”  And here we are with our first word:


I’m going to set my timer for five minutes and see how far I get with this one word prompt today.  Don’t be afraid to try.  Do it scared, I say!  Come on jump in.  You’ll like it!

He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

Proverbs 27:7 NIV

It is the maddening month of May as a good friend calls this beautiful spring month in the south. If you have children who are school age or have any association with schools you probably know what she means by the maddening month of May.

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