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:


"Dear Susie,

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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18 comments:

  1. God is loving the TODAY YOU! No truer words were ever spoken/blogged.

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  2. I love this, Susie. The Genesis of everything you're doing today. You already knew exactly what you were about, and you really haven't wavered from that, though I think it's distilled some. Crystallized into the fundamental truth of His unflagging, no-matter-what love for each of us that you do go on about ;). I love that what He intended your ministry to be was so clear and you've been following hard after that, through thick and thin, ever since. Maybe since that letter to yourself? It encourages me to try such a thing. I never have. Oddly, I always have wanted to write that book that sits on a person's shelf gathering dust, though I never thought of it that way.

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    1. Haha! Yes, I hope I do "go on about" His "unflagging, no-matter-what love for each of us" haha! Glad this big/little message is coming through, even though it's not always terribly obvious on this blog.
      About the "dusty book" thing: I am working on a book and i am not worried so much about dust any more. Ha! Your book is probably being written right now on your blog, just saying. :)

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  3. Okay, best line here is: "You know that God is fun and usually looking at us with a smile. Amazingly, many people do not know that at all." I think I need to plaster that on my bathroom mirror to see first thing every morning! Good advice to yourself and prophetic as to who you are today as a blogger. Pouring out your heart to the Lord as to what you want to write and how--He certainly has answered your prayer! So inspiring and encouraging. Thanks for sharing that little slice of you!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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    1. Wow, thanks for the great encouragement Miss Kathy...and I give you total permission to put that line on your mirror. :) What is the name of your blog? Your name is not linking to it.

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  4. OMG! Thank God you picked up that pen...and put those fingers eventually to the keys...how would we have met otherwise! SO grateful for that author for inspiring you to cut loose and share.
    I really need to stretch myself, too. Love the letter idea. Love the way God is always working behind the scenes and we get to meet up and talk about it!

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    1. Yes, He is always working behind the scenes in our lives and I am so thankful my blog path crossed your blog path!

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  5. Susie- How fun! I love how you "talked" to yourself in your letter...and how God brought you to blogging and how you do encourage us to love our TODAY self! I love a book about writing and may use this letter writing technique in my art journaling classes! Thanks!

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    1. Oh that could be interesting worked out in an art class!

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  6. What a sweet reminder of His love! Knowing He's smiling makes me smile :) Hugs! (No, haven't gone purple yet...lol)

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    1. Ha! Not purple yet? Let me know ok. I do know that feeling to do something crazy-different, just not brave enough. Getting old enough though, so who knows?
      I'm glad you liked this post Dawn!

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  7. Susie: Thank you for sharing your story of your beginning to write. We all have different avenues we have traveled in order to get where we are in the craft. It seems God knew what He had planned for you even when you had those long days with ministry face to face with people.You still minister through the written word.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. It was encouraging to read an old journal and see that I am still on the same main goal and path.

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  8. Somehow I missed this the other day...and it is so good! I love how God has blessed you in your writing both here and in the rest of the world. We are recipients of God's gift to you...and so very thankful for how God has opened this "window" for us to share in your life! Thank you for being so "real"...I am blessed because of you.

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  9. I've enjoyed reading your posts down this far and look forward to continuing downscreen as I have time. :)

    ~Shawna

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  11. Good morning, Susie! Yes, you are reading the date correctly...it is April 13th and I am browsing through a folder on my e-mail called "Blogs I Follow"! Sometimes I catch these on the "link-up" sites; other times through e-mail or Facebook...but most times I just toss the e-mail blogs into this folder to read...LATER. And, well, later has come today for a few...

    Now, this certainly doesn't mean that reading your blog is not important!!! But, as you mentioned about how busy you were 9 years ago - and most likely as busy now as then!!! I am sure you understand the "busy-ness" we all have!

    All that being said - I LOVE the letter you wrote to yourself encouraging YOU to write - to become a writer; and I LOVE reading what you have written on this and other posts! Thank you for sharing that inside of yourself writing to yourself!!

    Trying to catch up on some reading, writing (and arithmetic...actually, that is correct as I am doing some checkbook balancing!!!)...while I do a bit of laundry...back later!! Thanks again!

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