Writing is hard. You have to show up to your writing station, and write. You have to be diligent and consistent. I struggle with both, but I still like writing. Trying my hand at memoir was the most difficult writing I’ve undertaken because it required I study deeply the story of my life. I’m glad I did it though, because there was much unveiling truth. It was not an easy process, but one that allowed me to grow and gain perspective.
I believe there is healing in the writing and wrestling of difficult things and hard memories. I tackled a few hard things when I wrote my memoir earlier this year.
I never really had a dream to write. It was just something I discovered I loved to do. The more I wrote, the more I saw expression of the hidden dreams I’d been holding on to. This year, I have taken on more writing challenges I never would have imagined. I joined Story 101 with dreamfire-builder-life-affirmer, Elora.
Through Story 101 sessions, I also met another wonderful dream-firestarter, Brandy, and somehow, I said yes to being a contributing writer for Wild Goslings, a book on engaging children in the mysteries of God in ways that allow them to experience God without religious constraints. To borrow a term from across the waters in England … I was and still am “gobsmacked.” I never imagined I would have stepped out of my zone of comfort to write on something about which I care deeply and that matters to my soul – encouraging the dreamers to make those imaginative ideas tangible realities. This, my friends, is the essence of how we help our children dream too. Continue reading What It Means to Help Children Dream→
Beauty from the ashes. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this in the Old Testament of the bible, and it still rings true today. There have been many times in my life when I thought I was done, out, down for the count, or disqualified. It’s a good thing I am not the sole judge over my life or the potential rumbling and bumbling within my soul.
These last few months have been arduous, frustrating, difficult, and mind-boggling. At the same time, I have found a beautiful grace that I cannot account for other than it has been the hand of God moving in the midst of a messy life. Enter writing, loss, meeting BrandyGlows, Wild Goslings, and doing more than I could have thought or imagined.
I want to tell you why I am excited about the upcoming book: Wild Goslings: Engaging with Kids in the Mystery of God.
I didn’t know how writing a memoir would be such an intensive process. I didn’t realize how much raw emotion would surface as I pondered my life and where I wanted the writing to go. I only knew that I had to write.
I didn’t always know what I would write about. I only knew that I had to write. I had to find a way to deal with the tidal way of thinking about being undone.
A dream is a wish your heart makes. A goal is the vehicle that drives the dream to fruition. So to all of you, don’t just dream – set that thing in motion. Do what you need (for yourself, your heart, your spirit) to do to get your goal and dream accomplished. Seek wisdom. Get a support group. Stay accountable.
Today I choose ME. I choose to do that thing that I’ve been afraid to do. Today I choose to use the voice the Shepherd gave me. Today I choose my life. Today I choose my story about His glory. Today, yeah, Today is that day. Today I choose to lean in. So if you’ll please…