Had I actually believed that when God first told me, I think I might have saved myself a world of heartache and disappointment. But how many of us actually believe that God can use us in an amazing way? It was seven or eight years ago that I was doing a Beth Moore Bible study on Esther (which is AWESOME, by the way!) that I first heard that still, small voice in my heart saying, “You can do this. Write for me. You will learn about me in a much deeper way as you teach.” At first, this calling excited me. YES! I want to influence women the way Beth Moore has influenced me. I love digging into the Bible and discovering a new layer of God every single time. That is how it is when I go through one of her studies. Deeper…deeper…deeper. Sounds great, right?
So, why is it I am now starting this blog eight years later? Well, I’m pretty sure I cannot sum it up for you in one post. My hope is that this blog is going to be continual posts about my journey. Why did I doubt? How did I think I was supposed to do it? What was I going to write about? Notice all the “I’s”? God had a lot of work to do before I was in a surrendered state of mind. Where I have been, what I am doing, and where God will take me from here is the story I am inviting you to. You see, I didn’t believe I could do it. Oh, I knew I could sit down and LEARN to do it, but actually just start writing? No, it was not that easy. I had to learn the formula, the technique, the style, right? I should tell you right now I am a very “inside the box” kind of girl, and I’m here to tell you I had it wrong.
All I had to do was start. God called me to this. I am His tool. He is saying something and He wants me to be a part of it. At first I thought maybe it was a Bible Study He wants me to write, or maybe a book. I recently discovered Bible Journaling and I CAN’T WAIT to tell you about that! Honestly, who knows? But I do know this. He wants me to share my story with you. He wants you to see facets of His heart that maybe you haven’t seen before. He wants you, every part of you. Not just the pieces you are willing to give him or the pieces that you think are good enough. He wants ALL of you. When you surrender and give Him ALL of you, the results are astounding, your purpose is realized, and His desires become your desires. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:4
Welcome to my next chapter…My surrender…My art…My influence. I can’t wait to show you all the creative ways that we can learn about God and, I promise, every day we will be just that much more deeply in love with Him.