Friday, April 27, 2018

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ." Ephesians 4:15 NIV

Speak the truth in love. I love this phrase because it can keep me out of trouble. We all need reminding of God's Word and the truths it speaks to our hearts. We need to meditate on His word so that it satisfies our souls and lifts our spirits. Keeping His word in our memory will bless us over and over again.

I haven't memorized scripture in a while, thinking it would be too hard since I'm older. If it is worthwhile which I have already said it is, then why not continue? If we don't try to overcome obstacles, we will never know how Jesus can meet our every need.

If we have the pure Word of God in our hearts it will then flow out of us in time of need. I am writing a book about my victory over depression by the grace of God. Many times scripture will come to me at the right moment to fit into the exact place it is needed. I need every ounce of grace as I write so I will take it!

I didn't wake up one day and decide to write a book. First the Lord placed it on my heart to start this blog.Three years ago I began and I have learned a lot. I am also a member of a wonderful writing community called Compel Training. The teaching has given my faith muscle a spiritual workout.

Every person who teaches has a personal experience in writing or publishing. Compel has fed me with truth and skills I need to grow. I also am a member of an Iron Group. This consists of writers who are lovingly critiquing each others work. When I heard about Iron Group I wanted no part of it. I was scared to have someone tell me my faults in this area.

As my faith muscle became stable, I gave it a try. It was hard, but now I am glad I humbly and cautiously moved ahead. Part of my story has to do with overcoming fear. I look for opportunities to put fear behind me when it is not a situation where I could be physically hurt. Sky diving is not on my bucket list of things to do before I die. 

I have grown in my skills because those who are teaching and sharing are not harsh. Love makes all the difference. As the oldest child in my family I was the first to experience everything. School, driving, dating, you name it. Caution was my middle name and fear was right beside it. Learning to walk with my heavenly Father is a new experience and because of who He is, I think it will always be new!

God is forever young, fun and playful and innovative, and creative. When we draw close to His heart we feel these things in Him. He calls them out if He has placed them in us. I never knew I could write something anyone would want to read. God is calling it out in me. How about you? What is He calling you to do? Take a baby step, and He will show you what to do next. Blessings and love.

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