Saturday, February 7, 2015
Little Did I Know | Random Journal Day Feb 2015
It's Random Journal Day again! I am part of a blog-link-up where several journal keepers "randomly" open up an old journal and use the page as inspiration for a new blog post. You do not have to quote what is found on your private journal page, just use it as a writing-prompt for a blog post. Get it? Super easy and I love reading what others have in their journals. Snoopy me...join us? Go HERE for more info and to add your link.
So today I opened an old journal to an entry from MARCH 13, 2006. This was before I started blogging in 2008. I had just read a book by Barbara Demarco-Barrett called "Pen On Fire" about writing. In her book, she challenged us to write an objective letter to ourselves about our desires to write. Here are a few excerpts from my letter to myself:
I have heard that you are thinking about pursuing your old desire and hobby of writing, but you are feeling kind of silly and embarrassed about it.
I am writing to encourage you, my friend, to go ahead and follow your heart's desire as far as it takes you. Don't worry about what others may think or say. .....
...What is it you, Susie truly want to do? What would make you a writer? You love newspapers and newspaper column writers. You like the idea of doing short, meaningful articles that readers look forward to each week, more than the idea of writing a book that may gather dust on someones shelf. The idea that what you write is fresh and alive and thrown away the next day is great and exciting to you. ....Maybe it is time to send some query letters to the local papers....
...What if you were actually paid to write your thoughts? Could that really happen for you?
Do you have anything to say? I think so.
Your intimate relationship with God can encourage and inspire others. Your words have the power to lift heavy burdens off of other Christians who do not believe that God loves them AS THEY ARE. So many out there are WORKING to earn God's love and you, Susie know that it is simply NOT necessary to work for the Father's smile. ...
Let's see, what else do you know? You know that God is fun and usually looking at us with a smile. Amazingly, many people do not know that at all. You also know how to recognize the enemy's voice and his lies and how to defeat him through worship. You love to worship and express your love for God and dispel the strongholds of the enemy through worship....
Anyway Susie, I was only supposed to write to you for 15 minutes and I guess I got a bit carried away. My main point is that you should go for it. Go after the newspaper column jobs, all they can say is "No thanks." There are other ways to write all over the place. Do what sounds like fun, don't put heavy expectations on yourself, just play!"
That letter to myself went on and on with the pros and cons of stepping out with my writing. My life was full of people all day long and I did not think that I would ever have time alone to write. I left the house by 7am every morning and my days were full of ministry, friends and family. I keep checking the date because it is hard to believe how very different my day-to-day life is now...only 9 years later.
I am smiling at the bits about writing short, meaningful articles.....My only picture of that was a newspaper column. I knew nothing about blogs or blogging at that time. I think I created my very first blog in 2008. So here I am writing short articles/blog posts that are sometimes full of meaning and sometimes not so much. But that is fine...I am having fun!
It is encouraging to see that my main goal and vision for writing has remained the same; To send out the message That you, Dear Reader are LOVED BY GOD JUST AS YOU ARE. That He is smiling at you. At the you of today...not the future you or the potential you...God is loving the TODAY YOU. ...So you might as well finish reading this blog post and then take a deep breath and look up with a smile in return.
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