Writing: My First Year, Part 1 – Taking the Plunge

When I was in high school, I had dreams of someday being a writer.  I wrote poems, was on the high school newspaper staff, wrote in my diary and wrote other musings that have thankfully long since been destroyed.

My college admissions application listed journalism as my intended major.  My first semester classes were all heavy in writing assignments and my grades suffered for it along with my dreams.

I abruptly changed my major to business administration and accounting with career aspirations of becoming a CPA.  I turned from a creative left-brained career path to a “safe” analytical right-brained one.

Even though my career was spent mostly in the accounting departments of various organizations, I can see that writing played a big part in many of my positions.  At work my writing was very logical and methodical.  Through the years I wrote training materials, documented procedures or wrote detailed system specifications.

Outside of work, my writing was more creative in nature.  I served as the editor of our neighborhood newsletter for a few years.  When I scrapbook, I love to tell the stories behind the photos and not just caption them.  At Christmas time, I take great effort and pride in publishing our annual family newsletter.

Why is this significant?  Because it was one year ago today that I made my desire known to be a writer by vocalizing it in a support group meeting.  I know because I accepted a plastic coin as a marker for this date.  I’ve been carrying it with me ever since and marking each month that passed until today’s anniversary.

Tonight at my own church’s Celebrate Recovery meeting (whose program didn’t exist a year ago), I will get to come forward and celebrate this milestone with other Believers who are working through life’s challenges too.

So how or why is my writing a struggle?  That’s because despite the various writing I did for my jobs, I still don’t have any professional training or credentials to back up my claim to be a writer.  And I certainly didn’t think I was capable of writing for God.

Every chance Satan got along the way he would taunt me by saying “Who do you think you are?” and “You’re not good enough.”  I’ve had to fight those voices in my head and believe what God tells me instead—that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

It’s only been since that night that God has reminded me how this was His plan all along.  When I voiced my desire on that night a year ago, I started to believe that I was a writer.  That sudden shift led to a cascading effect of writing related confirmations in my life.

My writing is not something I do for career aspirations or fame and fortune (ask any Christian writer and most will agree).  I write because God has given me a message to share.  It has taken my 12th Step (carrying the message to others) in a totally new direction where I have to rely on Him in even bigger ways.   Like my blog title claims, He is “making me bold”.

The story that led me down this writing path will be published in a book later this summer called “Journeys to Mother Love”.  I’m excited to see how God wants to use it and where my left-brained writing journey will continue to lead me.

Is there someplace in your life that God is making you bold?  Where or how is He calling you to share your story?

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  1. I was a journalism turned business major in college also.

    My writing dreams were forgotten until the sublte tickling of reminders began surfacing a couple years ago. I tried to ignore them, but they would not be denied a second time!

    I believe the how or where of telling my story may one day result in my memoir. For now, however, my newly birthed blog will have to suffice.

    Now devourved by the writing bug, without any concrete idea where God will take me with it. I have decided to buckle up and just enjoy the ride since His plans always turn out better than mine.

    The lack of faith in myself or my writing pales in comparison to the desire I have to plod onward, eager to see what He has in mind.

    May we both be blessed by answering HIs call and may others be blessed through it as well -as only He can arrange.

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    • I second everything that you said. What I find so interesting, for me anyway, is that I needed to go through everything I did to become a writer. My experiences have shaped my writing. Instead of using it for financial gain, I can now use it for His gain and glory. Feeling very blessed to be on this journey with you. ❤ Ardis

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    I'm an author, writer, speaker, mentor & mom. I've struggled to find my voice all my life as I lived in the shadows of a mother with mental illness. Thankfully that was not the legacy that she handed down to me. It took a lot of recovery and deep healing work to rise above it.

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