Tuesday, January 4, 2011

about me.

i've had a blank 'about me' page for quite some time. a photograph and two words: coming soon.

oh, the irony. perhaps it should've said, "coming later"... or the saturday after never. i had to rummage through pages of entries to find excerpts that i only half remembered. and i'm glad i did. i was reminded again of why i write in the first place... and for whom.

About Me:
"Yes, there were many potential pursuits in life that were flashier, more attractive, more acceptable -but only one that I knew in my depths had a God-given yearning toward: writing. The other pursuits were not inherently wrong... but for me, God said no." ~ Mark Steele, Christianish

I am a Christ follower, a blessed mommy of two precious - and precocious - children, and I am a writer. Admittedly, I cannot carry a tune. Short of my brief stint as a flute toting band geek in junior high and high school, I have no musical talent to speak of. It, like so [soooooo] many other things, is simply not my gift. I'm not particularly crafty or thrifty or handy. In much the same way that artists use paints and brushes, musicians compose lyrics and chords, I write. It has not ever been a matter of choice, but rather compulsion - that which is within me invariably must flow out of me. Hemingway famously said that there "is nothing to writing - you just sit down at a typerwriter and bleed".

I may never write anything more than the pages of this blog. My words may never reach beyond the handful of friends who faithfully follow, but the fact remains that writing is simply who I am; who I have always been. It has only been over the last couple of years that I have come to understand that this is who God made me to be; and this is what He made me to do. For so long, I was reluctant to refer to writing as a gift - until I realized it wasn't some ambiguous talent; but His gift of grace to me. I pray that He uses it, at His choosing, as a gift of grace to others.

"God's gifts of grace come in many forms: Each of you has received a gift ... If you speak, you should do it like one speaking God's very words. If you serve, you should do it with the strength God provides. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ. " 1 Peter 4:10-11
David Platt once said that "our greatest need in this life is to know and walk with God". It is certainly my greatest need, and the deepest desire of my heart. The pages of this blog are postcards from my faith journey through life. My path is winding, but I long for it to be narrow; and I long to walk it with Him daily.

"Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks" ... and I blog (Luke 6:45).

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