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What, Why, and Where I Write~Day 1 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

 

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Happy New Year lovely readers and followers! I needed some blogging motivation for this month, so I decided to partner with Courtney of 1Timothy4:12Girl for the 30 Day  Blog Challenge! Every day will feature a new post, which will help you get to know me more as I connect with you on a deeper level!


So what do I write? Well, I obviously blog, but my writing life didn’t start there. I guess it really started in elementary school when I wrote my own “episode” of Ed Edd n Eddy (the best TV show ever), where the Eds met aliens down in their cul-de-sac sewer system.  I know, I’m that creative. My fourth grade teacher was impressed and a little in shock at my dedication to the story and dialogue, but I never really wrote much after that until middle school. I actually thought I was going to be a famous artist or rock star someday.

My love of writing really took off in the ninth grade, when I would doodle poetry in my notebook during my first period algebra class. I don’t know why, but math classes always stoke my creative juices. I actually liked that class, but my mind was always wandering in music and lyrics of its own.

Eventually I found the courage to show one of my poems to my English teacher, and she suggested I enter a poetry competition. I found out that the university near my house was hosting one for high school students, so I entered, not thinking I even stood a chance.

When the letter came in the mail from the competition, I was expecting a “sorry, better luck next time” letter to be in the envelope. I was wrong–I got honorable mention! I found out I was the youngest competitor to even place in the competition, and the dean loved my reading. I really don’t like writing about this because I hate bragging about myself. But this moment in my life was pivotal; it was the moment I knew I stood a chance in the writing world. 

Ever since then I wrote bits of poetry and short stories. I’ve entered a few competitions with no luck (does anyone know of any good poetry competitions??). I have a mentor who has always been such a huge encouragement to me. She brags about me nonstop, and I really can’t believe how blessed I am to have her influence and guidance in my life.

By the time my senior year rolled around, one of my poems ended up turning into a mini novel. I never published it, and probably never will. It’s just too personal and not terribly interesting. Eventually I started working on another book, which is the current novel I am editing (which I’m super excited about!!).

Almost three years ago, God rocked my world when I was introduced to a Christian blog that I loved so much. I loved the way the author was so open and honest about her life and faith, and the way the Lord used her to impact the lives of other women. I wanted to do that, so I started my own blog. As I keep growing, I can see that blogging is no easy task, but I’m in love with it. My goal is to glorify God with my writing the best that I can.

So now you know what and why I write. As to where I write? That would be either curled up in my recliner, in bed with my cat, or at my little portable card table set up in my room. Sometimes I still doodle poetry in class, but most of the time I find myself daydreaming of characters and blog post ideas. Oh the life of a writer!


Thanks for reading! Do you like to write? Tell me about your love of writing and why you do it in the comments below!

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The Moment Your Story Begins

I don’t know about you, but I think a lot of life goes by unnoticed. We get so busy and distracted, that the little things are often ignored. Normally our major problems and stresses take up so much of our mental energy, that life’s blessings just don’t seem to really register.

Now we all go through dark seasons, and this isn’t me just trying to tell you to be thankful and get over the bad times like they aren’t real. Life happens. I get it, and so does Jesus. In fact, you can take all of your burdens to Him (1 Peter 5:7). 

Through all of the drama and stress of living, have you ever wondered if God is even there? Maybe He seems distant or hard to get a hold of. Maybe it feels like God doesn’t even love you anymore. 

I get the struggle, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a Christian alive who can’t sympathize with this. I just want to remind you that He is there. God may seem distant, but the sun and moon are also distant, yet we know they exist as guiding lights in our ever changing world. 

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We may not be able to see all that God is doing in our lives right now, and things may turn out different than we hoped or planned for them to. However, God has a vision that extends way beyond our own. He can see into all eternity. He knows the past, the present, and the future. He is the God who was and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8).

This concept can be best understood by looking at the Old Testament. By itself it is almost, well…unfinished. Here the people of God are left waiting and hoping for the promised Messiah to save them from their sins and deliver them from the burden of the Law. Then God showed up–sending His Son Jesus to save the world by dying on a cross (John 3:16).

God could see the end even from the beginning, and we are a part of the story! 

If you ever think for a moment that God doesn’t love you, please know that you can’t be further from the truth. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you out of love–not force. There is nothing you can do to earn salvation. Jesus has done it all. What God really wants is a humble and repentant heart who desires to put Him first.

Yes, there will be failures and unexpected plot twists in our lives, but like any good story that is all part of the master plan. So don’t ignore those little moments of life. Don’t ignore the storms God uses to build and shape your character. Don’t ignore the blessings God brings to let you know He’s still there. He’s not finished yet. In fact, the moment you choose Jesus is the moment your story truly begins. 

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV). 


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Quote Challenge~Day 1 (Stephen King)

Hello lovely readers and followers! I’ve been nominated for a fun challenge by the lovely Loluwaand. Please go check out her awesome blog when you get the chance! Basically, I choose one favorite quote a day for three days and then nominate others to join in on the fun 🙂

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Lately I’ve been burying my nose in the book On Writing by Stephen King. It’s basically a memoir and writing guide by the great American horror author. One of my mentors gave me this book for my birthday, and I am in love with it. Although I am not in no way as talented as Stephen King, I find that I can relate to his approach to writing fiction.

As many of you may know, I am working on my first novel. Actually, it’s my second. The first one never made it past the first draft because I decided that for right now it’s just for me. But this current one will definitely be published next year (Lord willing)!

Anyway, there are many awesome quotes from King’s inspirational book, but this one is definitely a favorite. As an artist, sometimes it seems like life is what inspires your craft. While this may be true, I think that art is what inspires life.

Whenever I feel sad, anxious, or joyful, writing is the perfect way for me to channel my emotions. Of course I go to God in prayer, but often times I will still feel that gentle tug to do some creative writing. Writing is my therapy, and I’m sure that many of you can relate.

Whatever art you create, whether it be writing, painting, drawing, sculpting, crafting, music, and everything in between, that is the gift God has given you to inspire your own life and the lives of those around you.

My Nominations for Day 1:
You are under no obligation to undertake this challenge, but it would be great fun if you do that.
Rules:
  1. 3 quotes, one a day or all 3 quotes on the same day.
  2. You have to nominate three bloggers to undertake this challenge for each quote posted.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform your nominees.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for day 2! As always, please feel free to comment and share 🙂 

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