The Loft Link-up ~ Week 3 ~ Picture Prompt

Welcome to Week 3 of

The Loft ~ A Wednesday Link-Up!

Come on up!!




You will find my Week 3 post and the linky tool at the bottom, but first, may I remind you how The Loft Link-Up works?


The Loft is a place for conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.

Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation.Then, Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 5 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s topic. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

Each week’s gathering will be much like a group of friends sitting around a table at a coffee shop having a chat about a specific topic. So it will be at The Loft. Please make sure the post you link-up pertains to the chosen topic of the week. We’ll have fun topics, serious topics, practical, soul-ful, holiday, and so, so much more…we can’t wait to get started! This is not only a great way to connect with others, it’s also a fun and easy way to establish a writing habit. If you aren’t a blogger, you are welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section.

Listening is a lost art. Especially in the blogosphere where everyone wants to be heard. At The Loft, we know that listening is rewarding and rich… surprisingly so. Please do not link and run. For every link you leave, please visit at least two other links.


To Participate:

1. Be creative. Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly topic.

2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.

4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.

5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single topic. Please make sure your post is on topic.



When you link up at The Loft, your link will appear on two blogs! We’d love for you to visit The Loft co-hosts and know who we are:





Today’s Topic: “Picture Prompt…..”  (when you look at the picture below, what comes to mind? does it bring back a memory? perhaps it calls you to a specific place? share with us what you think of when you see the picture)

Picture Prompt for Week 3 at The Loft Link-Up.

Picture Prompt for Week 3 at The Loft Link-Up.



I feel fairly certain that there will be bales of hay in heaven. There is just something about them that speaks peace to my heart and soul. My thoughts go back to a simpler time of:

  • Slowed pace and front porch sitting.
  • Pot-luck get-togethers and Lawrence Welk programming.
  • Feather beds in my grandparents’ basement.
  • A time without mobile devices, computer screens, and impossibly full schedules.
  • Childhood summers spent reading books picked out from the shelves in the BookMobile that came to our county.
  • Vacation Bible School, Kool-Aid, and cookies.
  • The local swimming pool, hanging out in town, and friends, friends, and more friends.

A bale of hay gives me the feeling that all is right with the world, even when I know that is not completely true. It is a reminder that when summer melds into winter, there will be hay for the animals. It is a sign of provision and protection.

Other than Jesus, very few things really speak peace to my heart like bales of hay.



June 24th Topic: “Favorite Psalm” (what is your favorite Psalm and why? perhaps it is just a verse or two from one of the Psalms~~that’s fine. how has it spoken into your heart?  

I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft

Now, it is time to link-up!!

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  • Hi Leah, I’m so glad The Loft is open again. I’ve missed it! I must say that your post brought to mind so much of my own Michigan childhood! Except when I look at your picture of hay bales, I think of Italy. Back when I was a kid, Michigan only the smaller rectangular bales. These big round ones make me think of Italy. In any case, hay and smell of it, also make me think of finding newly born kittens hidden among the bales in the haw mow. Such great days and memories!

    Thanks for the opportunity to come up to The Loft. It does often seem that we bloggers just want to be heard, doesn’t it? But I can’t help but wonder how many out there are like me, who really long for community! So thank you so much!

    • Oh Sheila, I think so many long for community, but think that the numbers game is more important. For me, I much prefer community. It is where true ministry is born and accomplished. I’m so glad you are linking up with us at The Loft. See you back here next week.

  • “Slowed pace and front porch sitting.” YES, “Childhood summers spent reading books picked out from the shelves in the BookMobile that came to our county.” Cool <3, and "A bale of hay gives me the feeling that all is right with the world, even when I know that is not completely true." LOVE <3! Thanks for the great prompt this week Leah!

    • Ren, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. After I hit publish on it, I was a bit concerned about whether anyone would take the time to reflect and write. So glad that it spoke to so many. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Leah this is such a wonderful post and I feel as if I understand that peace you describe really well. It sounds like you have some beautiful memories. :) Thank you for sharing this picture prompt! 😀 Blessing my special friend. P.S I hope you had the best birthday!

    • Ruth, I’m so glad we are doing community together here at The Loft. It is a sweet privilege to host with you. Thank you for stopping in and for the birthday wishes. Bless you, friend.

  • GranJan

    Leah – I Love this Post and picture prompt! You are I are truly kindred sisters. I didn’t even have to think 2 seconds because the prompt was so strong to my father – and here it is Father’s Day weekend. You’ll see on my post. Love you sweet friend and the new friends I’m meeting at the Loft.

    • Gosh, I can’t wait to go read your post, Jan. I know it will be a blessing. Love you!