Writing has been a love of mine since I was a little girl. My first attempt at writing was a version of a mystery I’d read and loved. Shortly thereafter I learned what the word plagiarism meant. So much for that story.
I wrote often growing up, mostly about what was bothering me on any given day. Those words are long gone, something I’ve regretted. I didn’t learn about proper journaling for many years and I must admit, I’m not very good at journaling every day.
I was brought up in a home where God was talked about. I didn’t much question my belief in there being a God, I just believed. Until late in my twenties. Then I questioned Him a lot.
Coincidentally, at the same time, I realized a few things about myself:
- All the decisions I’d made about my life once I left home ended poorly. I was not the independent soul I longed to be,
- I needed help,
- I didn’t know where to go for that help,
- So I went looking for a church to find answers.
It took a little bit of doing but I eventually found a church I felt I belonged in. Different from the one I grew up in, this church began filling a hole I hadn’t realized was there. Over the course of a few years I realized I was loved and I had purpose. God loves me and He gave me a purpose. Whew! That took a lot to get out on paper!
Purpose in God needs tending because truth takes time. In some instances (ah-hem! Did I say that?) truth can take a very long time to sink in. But, loving Jesus Christ taught me that He’s not impatient and He’s quite willing to hang around with me, waiting for me to understand His love, purpose, and sheer determination to help me get it. Yep, it took time, but I finally got it.
Writing, and a few other creative inclinations I love, was a part of me because that is the way He created me to be. Listening happens to fall into that list of things I do well. Having empathy for hurting people was yet another quality I was given. Finally, after listening to others most of my adult life, as they poured out frustrations, hurts, pains and dilemmas, I began playing with the idea that I had also been given the creative ability to make sense out of people’s lives. Did I believe that right off? No. Not so easy to think you may have been given a talent to put others at ease even when you’re having trouble doing that for yourself.
I’ve heard the saying that God doesn’t make junk. It was easy to discount for a long time. But when you love to write, you love to listen and help problem-solve, and especially when others tell you they feel better having spent time with you, I ever-so-slowly began to wonder if it could be true.
It has only taken approximately forty years to begin to trust in all this. God has honored my attempts to keep learning about Him and how not to lean on my own understanding. I think I’m making headway and this is what I’ve learned:
- I am a writer,
- I am a listener and a problem-solver,
- I am creative,
- And I love to encourage others.
Therefore, this blog is to Just Encourage!
Linda, I am laughing…out loud. We are all alike, but some of us take longer to grow up.You are a great example of someone willing to hang in there to go through the grades of the Spirit and come out a champion. I love your writings and your insights.
Smiling…I love that you too, are an encourager! Thank you Wanda!
Missing your blog! Lisa
Thank you dear Lisa! I’ve been missing it too; perhaps soon the words will flow! 😊
Me too! I have been looking for a new entry, but so far, have not found any! Missing them!
Aww, Curtis, thank you. Keep praying for me…please! You two have been on our minds so much lately. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!
We are blessed and doing well. Getting older is not fun.
I love this piece that suddenly reappeared in my mail. This time it resonated with me even more than before. We seem to live parallel lives across the globe. I needed it just now!
Lisa, every time I think of you I just chuckle. Only God could arrange for us to find one another, on the other side of the globe! Many blessings to you…as you continue blessing others! Loves, L