February 17, 2019

Words of Comfort by Lynn Dove










I opened the card and smiled.  It was meant to cheer me, and it did.  Her words of comfort, wishing me a speedy recovery while I was still battling a nasty cough and cold, instantly warmed my spirit.  No, they did not cure my cold but the card and the sentiment inside it was like a soothing balm to my aching body.  I chugged back another cup of tea and placed the card in a prominent place so I could look at it repeatedly during my healing process.

How often have I received an email, or a hand-written note, or a text message that has imprinted itself on my heart when I most needed encouragement?  Some say hand-written notes in particular are going by the way of the dinosaur.  So few take the time now to choose a card and write a few lines in it, but I say it's time for that art form to make a come back!

"I don't know what to say to her." She confessed to me.  I understood her entirely.  How do we bring comfort to those who are grieving?  How do we encourage and support a family who has just learned their thirteen year old daughter has leukemia?  What words of wisdom can we give to spur those on who are struggling? 

A man I know is battling stomach cancer and a page for him was set up on Facebook for friends to get updates on his condition and to join in specific prayer for him. Reading through the comments posted awhile ago, I have to admit that some people, even though they may have good intentions, do not necessarily comfort with their words.  Cheeky Gifs and friendly emojis that are supposed to cheer, seem insincere.  Giving advice and questioning the medical treatments is totally inappropriate.  "Name it and claim it" prayers are unnerving, not to mention one person who had the audacity to say that sin (past or present) may be the reason for the cancer diagnosis in the first place.  I throw up my hands in disgust and want to scream.

As a writer, I am very conscious how my reader is analyzing, interpreting, understanding and internalizing my message.  My words need to express my meaning sincerely and succinctly.  A reader can spot a phony.  A reader can sense when a writer is not being honest or authentic.  A reader can weed out platitudes.  The same is equally true when writing an encouraging note to someone who is going through a hard time.  The message and meaning of my words will impact the reader and it will either bring comfort or more grief to the recipient if I do not choose my words carefully. 

Having gone through cancer myself, I feel somewhat qualified to give some advice on what words you can write, share, or specific, practical actions you can take that will bring comfort to a person (and their family) during a time of intense struggle.


1.  It is always appropriate to write that you are praying for them and ask them for some specific prayer requests.  Then pray!  Don't just say you'll pray, do it!

2.  It is appropriate to say that you are there for them if they need anything.  Again, if you say you are there for them, be there!  It means putting your money where your mouth is.  Don't say they can call on you if they need anything and then not respond when they actually call.

3.  Don't hesitate to acknowledge that what they are going through is hard.  Avoiding the elephant in the room is not necessary.  They need to know that in spite of this difficult journey ahead for them, you are with them every step of the way.

4.  As they battle, acknowledge their strength, fortitude, courage and tenacity.  Send Scripture but make sure it's appropriate for the situation.  Context is king here too. 

5.  Rejoice with them over small victories won.  (On the day of my last chemo treatment, I came home and found a huge poster taped to my front door with the words: "Yay!  You did it!"  One of my friends at church had marked that milestone for me in a way I still remember fondly to this day.)

6.  Don't stop praying, writing, and encouraging a person even after the battle may be over.  There is much fear and trepidation after a cancer diagnosis.  People who are grieving the loss of a loved one, still grieve years later.


Remember gentle writer, oftentimes it IS the thought that counts and not necessarily the right words.  If you write from the heart, asking the Lord to guide you as you write, the recipient who receives those words will be comforted!





Lynn Dove is the award-winning author, of the YA “Wounded Trilogy”- a contemporary Christian fiction series with coming-of-age themes. A wife, mom, grandmother, and free-lance writer with articles published in several magazines and anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul books, her blog, “Journey Thoughts” is a Canadian Christian Writing Award winner. Readers may connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and at lynndove.com

February 16, 2019

Some Encouraging Words by Nina Faye Morey



God’s Word Spurs Me On

What’s in a word? Words have power. Words can tear down, or they can build up. Our faith is built on the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:5). God created our world with His words (Genesis 1:3). God’s only Son, Jesus, is called “The Word” (John 1:1). Our hope is founded on The Word of Life: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Just as God begat the world with His words, He wants us Christian writers to create something with our words. It’s no wonder that we feel a deep desire to use our words to honour and glorify Him. It’s also not surprising that we feel spurred on to use our words to encourage and build each other up in our faith and writing. We write to celebrate God and His Word. We write to spread the Good News of His love and grace to others. We strive to be faithful to God’s Word with our own words. We are not motivated to write in order to profit ourselves, but we write to profit others by sharing His Word (2 Corinthians 2:17).




It wasn’t long after I recommitted my life to the Lord, that He led me to 1 Corinthians 12, which gives Paul’s descriptions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As I studied this passage, I felt inspired to use the gift of writing God had given me to bear witness to Him and glorify His name. As I prayed to the Lord for more guidance, I sensed Him spurring me on to write about my personal experiences to witness to and encourage others. So, I turned to Christ’s parables to learn how He used everyday experiences to illustrate the lessons He preached. As I studied these parables, I realized that I had stories to share that might encourage others as they travelled their own spiritual paths. Through these stories, I endeavour to show my readers the power of God’s love, and I hope they’ll feel comforted, encouraged, and blessed by my words. But before I put my pen to paper or my fingers on the keyboard, I always ask the Lord to inspire, guide, and empower me to use the right words to reach reader’s hearts and encourage them in their life and faith.


Fellow InScribers Spur Me On

Belonging to InScribe is one of the best decisions I’ve made as a Christian writer. I love InScribe because it’s truly a “fellowship” of writers who are believers like me. It’s an organization that provides many opportunities for its members to openly share both their faith and their writing. Writers often tread a lonely path, but we needn’t feel alone. There are several ways we can spur one another on, no matter where each of us is on our spiritual journey or that bumpy path to publication.




Being a writer is not an easy career—our craft is a challenging one. InScribe is a fellowship in which we’re allowed to boast about our publishing triumphs and bewail our rejection slips. When we’re feeling down and discouraged, we encourage one another to keep the faith, to keep on writing, and to keep on submitting. When we begin to drown in doubt, there are always fellow InScribers ready to buoy us up. InScribers have the heart of Barnabas, the “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:26). We’re each other’s cheerleaders, always ready to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).


What encouraging words have you spoken to spur someone on today?






Photo Credits: Pixabay

February 15, 2019

Share It - Tracy Krauss


I forget exactly when I took over from Brenda Leyland as moderator of this blog, but I have to say that in the years following, YOU, dear writers, have encouraged and challenged me far more than you probably know. Paul's directive, “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds …encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:23-25) is exactly what happens here on the IWO blog on an almost daily basis. 

Reading your words, commenting, and sharing them on social media has become a very important part of my daily routine. May I encourage you to keep on writing and keep on sharing this blog with others. You never know who may be encouraged by the words found here. 

February 14, 2019

Paying it Forward for God's Glory - Ruth L. Snyder

Have you taken part in Pay it Forward Day? Maybe you paid for someone’s meal in a restaurant or shovelled someone’s sidewalk. It is fun to do kind deeds for others without them knowing who did them. That is a good start. But as Christians, I believe we should pay it forward, especially to those who are difficult for us to love, for God’s glory EVERY day. Come along as I explore what Scripture has to say.

Matthew 5 begins with the beatitudes, introducing us to God’s perspective, which is often the opposite of the way we think and act as human beings. Jesus then challenges his followers in several areas:

  • Be salt and light, drawing others to Jesus by your positive example (vs. 13-16)
  • Fulfil the law instead of abolishing it (vs. 17-20)
  • Resolve conflicts without the all too common “solutions” of murder or going to court (vs. 21-26)
  • Do what is necessary to discipline your mind and body (vs. 27-30)
  • Avoid divorce (vs. 31-32)
  • Say what you mean and do what you say (vs. 33-37)
  • Serve others instead of getting revenge (vs. 38-42)
And at the end of the chapter, Jesus sums it all up by telling his followers to love their enemies.

Instead of retaliating, Jesus told his disciples to pray for those who persecute them. Jesus said if we are kind and loving to those who are kind and loving to us, we have done nothing noteworthy. To make his point, Jesus pointed out that even the tax collectors, who were deceitful and looked upon as despicable, loved people who loved them. 



As Christians, we have a new standard to follow—we are to be perfect, even as God is perfect.

Helps Word Studies says we are to be, “... mature from going through the necessary stages to reach the end goal.”

Every day we make hundreds of choices. As we grow in our walk with God, more of those choices should reflect the character of our Heavenly Father. (Remember the examples in Matthew 5?) However, it doesn’t take long for most of us to figure out we CANNOT be perfect, at least without God’s help. 


Isn’t it ironic that God gives us the impossible task of being perfect so we will rely on him alone to do the work he has given us to do? When we live this way, others will see a difference in our lives and God’s love flowing through us will draw them to God. We will rely on God alone and giving him the glory because it will be obvious that God accomplished the impossible through us.

So, how about it? Will you join me in paying it forward, especially to those who are difficult to love, for the glory of God?




February 13, 2019

God-honoring Writing Tips by Wendy L. Macdonald



As Christians we are to honor God in all we do. As inspirational writers we are to honor God in all we write too. When we do this, our writing will glorify God and bless our readers.  I’d like to share some tips that have spurred me to write faithfully for Christ.

So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, 
do it all for the glory of God.
 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV




The first and most important tip is to spend time alone with God daily. I need privacy and silence, so I go to bed early and get up early. In order to do this, I rarely watch movies. Trying to have time alone with God later in the day doesn’t work because I’m rarely home alone. Even as I write the first draft for this, my grandson is napping nearby.

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
 in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
 Psalm 5:3 NIV



The second tip concerns quiet times too. They are more fruitful when I write my thoughts, prayers, and confessions in my journal. It keeps me alert to His still small voice. Honesty is an absolute policy when conversing with God. He knows what’s inside us, and it’s important for our spiritual growth if we allow His Light to shine into our soul so we become fully aware of our need to grow in each area of our Christian walk. This will overflow into authenticity in our writing. Authentic authors draw authentic readers.

Trust in him at all times, you people;
 pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
 Psalm 62:8 NIV



The third tip is to include daily Bible reading in our morning routine. I enjoy choosing a #VerseOfTheDay for my journal entry that I also use on my social media sites. My daily Bible reading time is the perfect opportunity to harvest a special Scripture to share on one of my nature pictures I’ve taken in our lovely Comox Valley. I post them on my Facebook page from Monday thru Saturday. These mini-daily-devotionals are intended to spur believers to walk with joyful hope in God.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
 Psalm 119:11 NIV



The forth tip is to meditate on Scriptures throughout the day, especially if we’re feeling extra stress from unusual life events. The past few months I’ve even been making up songs to soothe my soul when adrenaline flows. They are inspired by the verse of the day and enable me to focus on whatsoever is godly.

Blessed is the one...whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 
who meditates on his law day and night. 
Psalm 1:1-2 NIV



The fifth God-honouring writing tip is to pay attention to tears. I’ve already shared a six-minute podcast called: Tapping into Tears that you may listen to at HopeStreamRadio.com. It’s a wonderful way to discover poignant topics to write about. If the author is deeply touched by a piece, the reader will also be moved. I believe the Holy Spirit stirs our hearts to pay closer attention to something by drawing tears. Tears are seeds that grow into short inspirational memoir pieces when planted on a blank page. It’s fun—and oh so rewarding—to show up and write while tears are present. Being vulnerable on the page helps other engage better because it lets them know they’re not alone.

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 
Psalm 126:5 NIV

I’m nosey-to-know if any of my tips have inspired you.

Blessings ~ Wendy Mac 

Wendy L. Macdonald is an inspirational blogger and podcaster who loves to photograph nature on Vancouver Island. Her byline is: “My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep.” Her main website is wendylmacdonald.com where she enjoys interacting with readers.
     

February 11, 2019

Enouragement & Accountability by Carol Harrison

When I think of spurring one another on, I think of encouraging each other while building in accountability to continue to use the gifts, talents and abilities God has given us.Sometimes affirmations for my writing have come from unexpected sources and once in awhile I hear from readers about what something I have written has meant to them or how it helped them. These encourage me and make me realize that God uses the words when I am faithful to put them on paper.

Yet spurring one another on goes beyond simply hearing the positive and encouraging words. Accountability helps keep me on track. Meeting with other writers, reading Inscribe blog posts and listening to the journey of others who are further along the road than I am,  helps me learn and grow as well as gives an occasional nudge to continue to work on a project, start one I have been putting off or help me get unstuck.

Recently I had a wonderful day hanging out with my oldest daughter, Lorilee, who is also a writer. She came over to my place armed with a notebook, her daytimer and ideas for me. I brought out my notebook filled with lots of ideas which needed organizing. Those random thoughts and ideas were the tip of the iceberg. Files, both paper and computer ones lacked any rhyme or reason and caused me to waste a lot of time hunting for whatever material I needed on any given day.

She helped review my ideas, offered a few tips to collect writing into more specific files for future reference and made several to do lists in my notebook. Deadlines appeared in pencil beside tasks and a dream of a larger finished writing project became more of a possibility.

After a lunch break ad socializing gave us a chance to switch gears. Then we focused on her ideas, added manageable steps and deadlines and wrote them on her calendar. She laughed at how organized she tried to appear when it isn't her strength. We encouraged each other to not get bogged down in the plethora of ideas like the ones which flooded into my mind nor wonder if you had enough projects dreamed of like she struggled with.

We marked our calendars for a repeat performance in a month's time to build in that accountability. In this way we could spur each other on to continue reaching for and achieving our goals.

Having opportunities to walk together on this writing journey helps me live out my faith. It reminds me of the 'One Anothers' in the New Testament - those commands of how to treat each other if we are following Jesus.

One passage is Colossians 3: 12- 17 (NIV)

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members on one body you were called to peace and be thankful. Let the word of God dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts onto God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to god the Father through him."

I know I have much to learn as I work on my writing. I am grateful for those who have encouraged and shared their knowledge and journey with me. I pray that I can also encourage others and help spur them on with love and compassion as we walk this journey of life together.

I look forward to our next mother/ daughter day of encouragement and accountability and am excited to see where her writing journey will take her.




As a speaker, published author and storyteller, Carol Harrison is passionate about mentoring people of all ages and abilities to help them find their voice and reach their fullest potential. She shares from her heart, telling stories from real life experiences and God’s Word to encourage people and help them find a glimmer of hope no matter what the circumstances. She believes we need to continuously grow in our walk with God and lives out her storytelling passion by speaking at women’s events and retreats, Bible Camps as well as school assemblies and church events. Carol is a wife, mother of four adult children and grandmother to twelve. She makes her home is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.



February 10, 2019

Yearning and Learning with the Psalmist by Sharon Espeseth



Deer Yearning for Running Streams
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Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God (Psalm 42:1 wording for Responsorial Psalm)."








"Pay attention to the yearning of the heart."

This heading pulled me into a recent column by Mary Marrocco in The Catholic Register. Dr. Marrocco tells the story of a once-beautiful and thriving small town that had, over the years, become an "economically depressed village." A long series of "actions and inactions" by the town's people or by outside forces had left the area with "an air of disappointment and defeat."

Dr. Marrocco goes on to say that life happens to us in a similar way. Changes in our health or life circumstances bring on sorrow and disappointment. Things "can happen so quietly we don't even know we've ended up beaten-down and defeated, like the neglected village."
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To read Mary Marrocco's column, see 
https://www.catholicregister.org/.../28771-questioning-faith-pay-attention-to-the-year...


Changes in our lives and our circumstances.

I wondered how or when this columnist had been looking in our windows. For a few years now, Hank and I have dealt with his health issues and other family concerns. Caregiving rose to the top of our  agenda and caused us more stress than we cared or dared to admit. Last spring my normally healthy body developed its own problems. That and a bout of depression caught me off guard.

Psalm 42 summed up where I was. Some days I did have tears for breakfast. Like the Psalmist, I asked, "Why, my soul are you downcast?" I yearned for the days when Hank was well and we could travel, spend time with family and friends, entertain and share our home with others.

Hank and I in Victoria, March 2015
Yearning for a return to the way we were.

During much of 2018, I  grieved our losses and yearned for our lives to return to their sunny ways. Mary Marrocco recommends paying attention to these yearnings lest bitterness and resentment build up in our souls. "These bitternesses are the shadow-side of the deep longing in us all, a fundamental aspect of our humanity." But we do have a choice as to whether we continue to wallow in our declining health or put our hope in God.

In hindsight, I sense that God may have allowed enough dis-ease to get my attention. In case I hadn't received the message clearly, I had one more medical issue in December. This time, I put my faith and hope solidly in the Lord. I will do the required tests and listen to the doctors' orders, but I know God is in charge and has a plan for me.

How do we view our present circumstances?

Whenever I question our present predicament, I go to God with prayers of petition and of gratitude for the many blessings we've experienced throughout our 43 years of marriage. "Sometimes (we) have to let go of the picture of what (we) thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story (we) are actually living." (These are wise words from Rachel Marie Martin in The Brave Art of Motherhood. Parentheses are mine.)

The Psalmist's view and some help from my friends and family.

Following the Psalmist's example, I am putting my hope in God and I have determined that "I will yet praise him, (for he is) my Saviour and my God." (Psalm 42:11)

We are in the palm of God's hand and he will not forget us. I am grateful that Hank and I can still look after each other. I am thankful we both have our minds--more or less--Ha!, that my energy has returned to a reasonable level, and that God is with us. We are thankful for, and encouraged by, people who support and encourage us--family, friends, fellow InScribers and the medical personnel, who all have our best interests at heart?

He has strengthened my soul/

Yes, life has changed and slowed considerably for us, but there is a good side to this. St. Augustine has said, "Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee." My feet may not be as steady as the a deer on the heights, but I am learning and yearning more for God and his will than for our younger selves.

I know that on the day I called, God answered me. He has not made me younger, but he has increased my strength of soul. (Psalm 138)

I may not have books written yet, but I will continue to "publish his glorious deeds among the nations" and "tell everyone about the amazing things he does." (Psalm 96: 3 NLT)

Prayer: That our stories may become a source of enlightenment, encouragement and inspiration to others.




February 08, 2019

Lying Fallow by Linda Hoye


I can’t get the words out of my mind. A reader leaves a comment on my blog in which she uses the phrase “lying fallow and being present” and for days, I wake and the words rise with me. They are my gentle companions throughout the day and, as I settle in to read at night, they join me in nighttime rumination.
Fallow: —adj, 1. (of land) left unseeded after being ploughed and harrowed to regain fertility for a crop. 2. (of an idea, state of mind, etc) undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful.

Can the Creator speak truth to me through the words of another? I believe so, and as these words play again and again in my mind, I sense a whisper.
As a gardener, I know the importance of crop rotation, feeding the soil, and that farmers will intentionally leave a piece of land fallow for a season. I know that neglecting these practices will result in undernourished soil, and an unproductive garden or crop. I know, too, that neglecting a personal season of fallow will eventually hinder my own ability to be productive.
I know this, but when words like these stop me in my tracks, it’s a sign that I need to take stock. Am I neglecting the discipline of being present? Am I shifting my focus from being to doing? Have I become so busy that I have forgotten to delight in God’s simple, but priceless, gifts?
My purpose is not to do, but to delight in the ordinary moments of every single day--more than that, to delight in the One who gifts me with them. When I take pleasure in simple moments, my joy glorifies God. When I am mindful of and appreciate the beauty of creation, it honours the Creator.
“Gratitude exclaims... 'How good of God to give me this.' Adoration says, 'What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations are like this!' One's mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun.”
C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
I write about these things to remind myself, and others who read my words, that busyness robs us of grace and keeps us from gratitude, and yet, I am tempted again and again to return to a state of running. Maybe you too? I become anxious, I fear I’m not doing enough, and–and this is the crux of it all–I begin to fear insignificance. I so easily forget that I am treasured and significant simply by virtue of the fact that I was created.
January, and maybe part of February, are natural seasons for lying fallow and allowing ourselves the gift of refreshing. With hubbub of the holidays behind us we feel a call to rest. Our storehouses are full from the summer’s work, we’ve got quilts and books at hand, days are dark and short and, as the snow falls soft, we rest.
Lying fallow invites us to be present. We practice, and our intention turns to habit. We sit at a window and watch snow fall like feathers without grieving the absence of sunshine. We stir a pot of chili as a meditation, without looking at the clock. We watch children play, and listen to their laughter, without hurrying to get something done. We pay attention, we listen, and we find wisdom.
We do this again and again, and gradually we let go of the need to do and begin to delight and in doing so, we honour our God. We are inspired and equipped; we continue on our creative path and we write another paragraph.



Linda Hoye is a writer, photographer, gardener, and somewhat-fanatical grandma. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and their doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier, but she’ll always be a Saskatchewan prairie girl. She is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude. Her work has been included in two anthologies, as well as assorted online and in-print publications. She loves Moleskin notebooks, multi-coloured index cards and sticky notes, Uni-Ball 207 gel pens, and soy milky frothy coffee. Find her online at www.lindahoye.com where she ruminates about life and faith every day.


February 07, 2019

Leaving a Legacy of Recorded Memories - It's Easier Than You Might Think by Kimberly Dawn Rempel



There are lots of things I wish I could ask my Mom. 
Things no one else on the planet knows.
Like why I got veneers on my two front teeth in childhood.
Or what changed in her heart to make her stick out a painful marriage. 

She was always highly private, not even revealing her true self to her closest friends.
Keeping herself secret even from her own children and husband.

In the movie Titanic, the narrator says "A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets", which I suppose could sound mysterious and enticing, but to me it sounds like isolation and withholding. It sounds like everyone loses when our hearts remain unshared.

Two years ago, Mom passed away, leaving behind a lot of things like that I'll never know now. 
They are lost forever. 

As a writer, a communicator, and a human, it makes me sad that we could not know each other better - that memories weren't shared.  

The good thing about it is that it reminds me how powerful storytelling is, and motivates me to keep writing down stories. Recording my observations, thoughts, and even the everyday happenings and goofy stories that are part of our family (like my weird jellyfish experience) So we remember! (I'm sure half the reason I'm a writer at all is because my memory is terrible.) 


All that to say two things. 

First, I want to encourage you to SHARE your memories.

Record them somewhere. It doesn't have to be a book or even a cohesive story. Just write down or voice record memories as they come to you. Take notes. At least they're down then, and can be shared later if not now. At least it will be an option. 

Recently I was chatting with a woman who has wanted to write her memoir. For years she's wanted to. For years, I've heard her tell interesting stories that I agree, should be recorded. And for years, she's put it off. As I explored her reasons for being stalled, I discovered several. One of them was this idea that to write a memoir required deciding to sit down and plod through almost without stopping until it was done. In her mind, it was a giant undertaking, so she put it off until 'one day' when she 'had time' for that kind of dedicated time investment. 

But 'one day' is a day that never comes. 

Never. 

"It doesn't have to be about sitting and writing a book," I said, "You tell interesting stories to your family and friends all the time! It can be just writing down one. Just start with one. That's it. Put it in a folder, and you're done." 

"Oh! I never thought about it like that," she said, seeming less burdened. 

"It's not about a big project. Just getting down the pieces so the memories don't fade away or die with you." 

I'm saying it to you too;  if you're putting off writing your memoir or even just jotting down some of your memories, please don't. Get them down. Even just one memory stuffed in a folder is better than none. 


The second thing I'd like to tell you is a secret about writing. 


Whether you're documenting memories, analyzing a process, or spinning a tale, writing can feel like a big undertaking. And getting that writing into readers' hands (aka marketing), is the Goliath we all face. 

It's all so DAUNTING sometimes, isn't it? 
It's enough to make a writer dream of the hermit life. 

Here's the secret I've discovered. 

Action is the cure. 

It really is. Especially when we're moving with the trust that God will open doors that need opening and close doors that need closing.

Listen, whether you believe in God or not, the truth is a static object can't be steered.
Get moving - pick a direction - and you'll start to see a path unfold.
It won't feel safe, certain, or even sane necessarily, but doors will start to open and close around you.

God said he'd part the water for Moses and the Israelites all those years ago in the desert,
but Moses had to first step into the water. He had to literally take that step of faith. This is often how God operates.

Don't know what your writing 'voice' is yet? Write anyway.
Not sure how the story you're writing will end? Keep writing.
Wondering if anyone will even read it when it's done? Keep going!

Because things will become clearer as you move forward.
Jeff Goins would call this process 'Practicing in Public'.

Jim Watkins would say 'a river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.'

If you want to get somewhere, it requires moving.



In the meantime, what's one highlight (memory) from your summer?
Consider it a writing challenge ;)
Comment below! I'd love to read it.