Tell Your Story
Words are amazing. Whether written or spoken, they are powerful. They have an uncanny ability to mold and shape our thoughts and impact our lives.
My Mom began reading to my brother and me when we were young. Favorite books included anything by Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Sox, Sneetches on Beaches; as well as Aesop’s Fables.
In junior high I collected as many volumes from the Nancy Drew series as I could. Instead of just words on a page, each book took me on a journey – painting pictures of far-away places and introducing me to fascinating characters. I couldn’t get enough. I was hooked.
Reading fueled an active imagination and I loved making up stories. But while English professors tried to steer me toward a career that involved writing, it wasn’t until years later that I seriously considered the idea.
A friend encouraged me to write an article for a magazine. What would I write about? I spent some time researching what different publications were looking for and decided to write about fund-raising for pregnancy care centers. As a former Director of Development, it seemed like the perfect fit. Shockingly enough, that very first article was picked up and I received a check in the mail a few weeks later.
It wasn’t quite as easy to find a home for my second article. Discouragement set in and I tabled the idea of writing. Oddly enough, it took a car accident followed by a dark time of anxiety and depression for the Lord to nudge me back to my keyboard. You can read the full story here.
The first author
Have you ever considered that God is an author?
Long before words were penned on a page by man, God was already at work. He was the original writer. In three verses in the New Testament we see this reference to God as author:
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.1 Corinthians 14:33
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Hebrews 5:9
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2
His story is one of love – a love that involved great sacrifice so we could be brought back into fellowship with a Holy God – a love that doesn’t bring confusion, but peace. It’s a beautiful story.
Do you have a story to tell?
When I mention I’m an author, I have a lot of people tell me they’ve thought about writing a book, too. Maybe you have a story you’d like to share with others.
Could it be that God wants you to point others to Him through your writing?
In the coming months, I’ll be sharing several tips and encouragement to get you started on the road to publication. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
My heart is inditing a good matter. . . my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.Psalm 45:1
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, how wonderful to know You are the original Author. Thank You for the gift of written words. Help us to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit – whether You would have us pursue writing. We want to honor You with our words and actions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Leave a comment on my wall if this post helped you
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