(Literal) Reflections from a Basement Desk

Recently, my thoughts and I moved to the basement. For months, we had crept across the dinging room table, unintentionally and slowly swallowing up more and more space with papers and books. I reluctantly agreed with my husband. He thought it might be good to make room so the family could sit and eat, not having to worry about spilling pasta sauce on my bright ideas. At first, I was cranky about moving, uneasy about the change. I felt a bit unappreciated in my need for wide open spaces and light for inspiration. But, since I have not yet found a way to monetize my creativity and build me a writing shack, I complied for the sake of the family.

But then something happened.

Here in the basement, where I can only see a small piece of sky peeking through layers of blue spruces and bare oaks, I find myself overwhelmed by God.

Here, where I have to look up to see the ground, and down to see the sky reflecting on my glass-top desk, I realize how contrary God’s works are to mine. I often think “more” of something is the solution. God happens to think that “less” makes us see better.

I think it might have been the best idea in a long time for my thoughts and I to move into the darkness. I have come to appreciate even hints of light here. Ideas have flooded my mind of how to create more light and how to make even the smallest flicker seen.

How great of an opportunity we have today, at a time where the light of many churches has gone out for a time, to be the light from a seemingly dark place. Light cannot be intimidated by darkness, but instead becomes more and more visible. Even the smallest, even the weakest glimmer, will be seen. 

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:4-5
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
(Heidi Viars, 2020) 




  1. Interesting that you found more scope for seeing God underground!! I sure fight change too, but so many times I have found a surprising something waiting for me. Not so sure about a move to my basement though – it is an old unfinished cement storage space that we affectionately call them dungeon’. Lol What are some of your writing projects lately??

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    • MELODY …. Thanks for stopping in and letting me know you did. I can’t complain (too much) about this new writing space. It sure makes me look up a lot … which is always a good idea.
      What are some of my writing projects lately? … Well, I am taking a few writing classes, trying to get better about putting my thoughts and what God is teaching me and my past into words. At the beginning of this year, I came across Leslie Leyland Fields. She is an amazing author who loves to help people with their own stories. She is offering a new class in January and it’s FREE. Check out http://www.leslieleylandfields.com/biography … I think you would love her.
      Now … what about you, my dear (long lost) blog-friend????? How in the world are you??? Where have you been???


      • Where have I been? Trying to navigate teaching my littles in a pandemic. So nothing much. Lol I’m actually doing daily Devos now in a new blog – I had been writing them for the ladies at my church to encourage them and a few of them lobbied me to change the format so more people could access them. So here I am. That writing class looks very interesting. I’ve got ideas and bits and pieces for three different historical fiction novels but keep chickening out. !!! Plus I really don’t have time with my teaching career right now. So I’m practicing being faithful in the little things first. 😊


    • Those lanterns hold fake candles … the ones you turn on and off with a remote. When I sit there early in the morning or at night, I just push a little button and … voila … light! Makes me so happy. Thanks for reading … Happy Thanksgiving (if you are in the US).

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  2. Heidi, you have created such a cozy writing nook–I love it!! And how glorious to find you’re overwhelmed by God as you settle in. Also love the first insights you’ve discovered in your new space: “Light cannot be intimidated by darkness, but instead becomes more and more visible. Even the smallest, even the weakest glimmer, will be seen.” Such wonderful encouragement for the times we live in! Thank you, dear friend.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Heidi. When I lived in Buffalo, NY, I made my office down in the unfinished basement. However, this Texas lad found out that six months out of the year it was too cold to stay too long. But, I did enjoy my time alone down there in warmer weather. God’s grip to you guys – Alan

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  4. Loved your blog today, Heidi. Especially this statement “How great of an opportunity we have today, at a time where the light of many churches has gone out for a time, to be the light from a seemingly dark place.”
    One of the things I learned in the GriefShare© program is that Christians who grieve the loss of a loved one should “Put God on Display.” Yes, we mourn, and we have good days and bad, but people are watching. They need to see that our hope and our trust is in God as we heal and begin to move forward. Our “light” needs to show the world that our God is worthy and our God is worth trusting. What better way to do that than to reach out and help others, telling them the reason for the hope that we have. (1 Peter 3:15)
    May God bless you and Scott and your family this Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the privilege of having been able to work alongside Scott for so many years. A true friend and mentor.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Mike. I am wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, despite the whole that will be so evident. You are a bright spot, my friend! Keep shining!!! Sending hugs your way!


  5. Amen! The darker it is, the more you can “shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and the beautiful pictures. I have the same feelings about my “war room” (prayer closet). Being so easily distracted, I frequently need that kind of space.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Many blessings to you, David. It does take the pressure off when we give this writing thing to God. You might not get to see what your encouragement means to people here on earth. Keep going, blog-friend. Let’s continue to follow Him (and each other) to see what happens 🙂

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