I have always loved to write. When I was in high school, I used to write short stories and poetry just to amuse myself. And when my heart was broken, I wrote some of the best sappy love poetry one has ever laid eyes on. But seriously, I loved to play with words, to arrange them on a page in order to bring depth and meaning to my life. And I didn’t just love to do it, I was actually pretty good at it. I wanted to be a Journalist growing up. But I allowed my lack of finances to let that dream of writing die in my heart. Little did I know that it wasn’t dead, just dormant, for a season.
I began writing in this space a little over two years ago, with no clear direction, and without knowing what purpose my writing these words would serve. I have been asked on more than one occasion why I blog. I blog to encourage the hearts of women. But there is another reason why I write. I write so that I will never forget what God has done in my life. Much of my blog over the last couple of years has been just that — countless testimonies of what He has done in my life and the life of my family. They are His Words, overflowing from my heart onto these pages.
I have been feeling a desire to go to new places in my writing. They are the places that reside deep within my heart that I cannot even begin to understand unless I write. Writing helps me to focus my thoughts — thinking out loud on paper (or computer pages). And God’s Words will always be here, woven within my own, but I have been feeling a nudge, a gentle push to just let go and write. Can I share a secret with you? I would love to write a book some day. There, it’s out. I’ve said it. I’ve been hiding this dream in my heart for about a year. It seems overwhelming to me. But God says, “Just write”. He will weave my words together. In His timing I believe my dream will become a reality. He put it there, in my heart, in the first place. I am simply going to obey…..and write.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (Psalm 45:1)
Today I am thankful for words. I am thankful for the words that He has given to me, which grace the pages of this blog. I never realized when I started blogging how much of an impact my written words would have on my own heart, let alone on the hearts of others.
Grace Gifts 352-362
352. His Words, first and foremost, which tell me that I am His. His words which remind me of His love, His mercy and His forgiveness. His words, which bring strength to my weary heart and refuge to my tired soul.
353. The words of my husband, which consistently tell me that I am so much more than I see myself as, words of truth resonating loudly in my heart with the kind of love that models that of Christ.
354. The words of my children, innocent, full of faith and expectation, words that bring me back to places of peace and rest. Their soft whispering I love you’s in the last part of the evening, and gentle good mornings in the first part of the day just melt my heart.
356. Words of declaration and proclamation over our city.
357. Words of adoration and praise during worship yesterday.
358. Words that say “I am sorry. I was wrong. Will you forgive me?”.
359. Words that say, “I forgive you”.
360. Words that say, “You can do it” when I feel like a failure.
361. Words of encouragement that lift my spirit.
362. Your words. You, my blogging friends. You are not just friends in cyber space, but you have become some of the truest friends I’ve known. You’ve lifted me up in prayer through hard seasons. Your words have come through comments, emails and Facebook to encourage my heart. Your words of encouragement during this season in my life have kept me going, have kept me writing, even when I feel “What’s the point?”. For you have helped me to understand that my purpose in blogging is first to glorify the Lord Jesus with my words and secondly, to encourage just that one who might stop by for a visit, who’s heart is longing for words of truth. I am so thankful that my words have helped to be a voice of truth to a weary heart on a journey seeking His love.