That could have been the end of my writing days, if I had stayed in the fear.
Fast-forward about 53 years later when I turned in my Big Chief tablet for a computer. God had nudged me to get busy and start writing some incredible stories that I’d held in my heart for many years. He even helped me figure out a style in which to write. Oh, my, writer I had become. I blogged for 3 years before I had another occurrence similar to what happened in second grade. It seemed I had let someone down with something I had written. I did what some would call due-diligence, a comprehensive appraisal of the situation. In my heart, I knew what I had written was my truth and was about me. However, I became fearful. I was afraid to put anything out that could hurt someone, or cause pain. How would I ever know? How could I be responsible for the response of others? It seemed impossible. I froze in that fear and only wrote outlines for stories I would tell at another time.
A year ago, after waiting 5 years, the nudge from God became a shove. It’s as if He lit a fire underneath me and said, * ” For such a time as this you were placed upon the earth to hear my voice and do my will, whatever it is.” It is true that when God has inspired me and I immerse myself into the call, I am happy, filled with joy and productive beyond compare.
A few days later, one my Spiritual Direction partners heard my story and recommended I join a Facebook writing mentor group, WriteMoreWriteNow. I knew it was right. I did, and immediately started writing––not blogging, writing. In late spring the leader of the group announced the possibility of co-authoring an Anthology for a December devotional. After stating my interest, I was offered 3 days in the 31 day devotional, The True Meaning of Giving-Daily December Devotions to Delight Your Soul. What an exhilarating time it was, to strengthen my writing and editing skills, learn how to submit my writing and watch as our leader engaged in the process of Amazon Publishing. In preparation for a November 11th launch, we learned how to send press packages, build our author page on Amazon, start an advertising lead-in, and write our bios which would include links to our other books, blogs, and websites. It was time to revive my blogging.
So here I am. It is a new beginning for this blogger. I feel as if my second grade teacher has hugged me again. I go forward with more confidence and gratitude for the lessons learned during the pause. There are always good lessons to learn in times of darkness and chaos. We must remember to take a look at our pain, discern what is truth, accept responsibility where needed, change what doesn’t work and forge on.
I am and author and a blogger.
In the spirit of renewal, I changed the name of my blog to Peanut Butter, Pickles and Mayo. What’s with that name? Aside from the fact that it is my favorite sandwich, my blog will contain subjects humorous, serious, spiritual, informative and historical. It’s just a combination of very interesting flavors that together become something very special.
Welcome to my blog.
For such a time as this
For now and all the days He gives
I am here, I am here
And I am His.
For Such A Time As This
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