FIRST THINGS FIRST….Don’t you LOVE my new Web/Blog designs!!!
My brilliant first born son Tim Layton at Tim Layton Designs created them for me. I wonder WHERE-Oh-WHERE he got ALL THAT TALENT 🙂
It is so beautiful, it just makes me want to WRITE!!
I have always loved to read. For as long as I can remember I have had a stack of books somewhere waiting to be read and I still do.
I even remember LEARNING to read for the first time and I am kind-of, sort-of……..O.L.D.!!!!!
I remember reading billboards as a small child while driving in the car with my parents and 3 little sisters. I am happy to say that my reading skills and standards have increased, which is good since billboards have hit the mud.
As much as I always loved to read I never considered WRITING much until I dumped my messed up self into the sweet redeeming arms of Jesus. (If you are just hankering to know more about that, you can follow my beautiful new blog under the cute little daisy chain link labeled “About “). I am forever grateful for the DEEP, DEEP love for READING His Written WORD that God planted in my heart the day of my salvation. It is that very love that drives my life daily. The thing is, I know without a doubt that it was God who also planted a passion into my heart for WRITING right next to my passion for READING, immediately after my dramatic step into the surrendered life.
I have a “Memories” box pushed up under my bed that is filled with 25 years worth of my heart on paper. It started with songs and poems expressing the wonder of my salvation. Even though I can NOT sing a note, I have some really cool songs that somebody someday will sing, I just know it. Even if it is me and a choir of angels. I eventually moved from a variety of rambling prose to recording daily prayer journals. Diaries of sorts of my everyday life as a wife, mom and often dilapidated disciple. Nothing anyone would want to read but maybe my family and possibly a nosey housekeeper.
I recently created a new home office and spent some time cleaning out LOTS of boxes and files. I was amazed and often covered in tears, as I read the writings that have recorded so many precious years. WOW, the journey. The miracles. My story of ministry. The sometimes too transparent revelation of my heartaches and my hallelujahs. I continue to be amazed by God and His precious and personal love for me. A wretch saved by His amazing Grace.
Writing is such a gift. Writing illustrates, illuminates and orchestrates some of life’s most precious surprises. Writing unifies and divides. Writing clarifies, creates and convicts. Writing designs life’s greatest dreams and stirs passion into vision. Writing teaches and trumpets and terrorizes. Writing builds hope and breaks bondage. Writing lights, leads, laughs and laments. Writing creates and colors and ignites emotion. I can not imagine life without it. I am passionately grateful for it.
God in His amazing unexpected ways has allowed me to actually publish a few things and now has me working on several new projects. I am so grateful and very serious about becoming a better writer.
A really PRETTY Blog should help but there are other things that I do to work at becoming a better writer.
One of them is COMING SOON and FILLS UP FAST so while I am WRITING about WRITING let me tell you about it.
I have attended “She Speaks” for the past 2 years and cannot overstate just how awesome this Speaking and Writing Conference is. If you are a woman who feels that God has called you to Speak and/or Write His message, this is a conference that you truly should consider. The P31 team put heart, soul and major physical energy into every minute of this event. The workshops are power packed with practical takeaway and the keynotes are literally life changing. In fact, Jennifer Rothschild‘s keynote last year STILL rings in my heart and head. It truly changed how I look at ministry and was one of the most amazing and passionate messages I have ever heard in my life!
I am working on my plans to be at “She Speaks” again this year and hope that I will see you there!
In the meantime, I am PUMPED to do some writing. I thought I might start by throwing out a few chapters of a Fiction that I have been working on for a few years called “The Other Side of Sunset”. Just for a little writing FUN!!
Check back…..I’m on a roll!!!
I am curious though….
How many BLOG readers do I have who feel God has called you to Write or Speak as a ministry?