Being confident in this, that he who BEGAN a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6, NIV)
You’d think after so many stops and starts, the dream of writing would dissipate onto the crashing waves. Not so. Life happens and yet my words still find ways to ride the crest and capture the moments. If not penned in these posts, they remain etched in my memory.
Like one of my favorite women in the Bible, Mary, I’ve pondered and held all things dear this past year. Relationships vied for my waking hours. Commitments picked at the minutes left over. I turned what little time I had into a quiet, scribbled offering on scrapes of paper. I traded connecting on social media for deeper connections with friends, family and God. At times, my attempts proved a bit scattered and absent-minded, but may I share what I learned in the ebb and flow:
I shared my soul tales in past posts. Driven by hope, I somehow drifted without purpose or direction. I don’t feel sad for the experience. I learned as I heard deep whispers calling out, “You’re a survivor. You’re called to tackle the tough and tender issues impacting a woman’s heart.” And as I struggled to produce a meaningful post or meet a consistent deadline, I felt alone and ill-equipped for the emotional tsunami those whispers echoed within me.
What would I say? Would my words weigh too heavy for some? Would my readers abandon the ship, so to speak, for a lighter voyage with happy endings?
You ever feel that way? You have something deeper to share. More than recipes and DIY tips, you don’t know if you have the moxie, the stamina or the clout to ride the wave. God told me long ago, “My daughters feel as if they are an island unto themselves. Let them know they are not alone.”
In my humility, I find my spirit whispering back…
The past hurts, but dark waters become illuminated by the light of many lanterns.
So here’s the truth: Without God and my friends urging me on, I will drift alone…again. I need you. Your deeper. Your light. Your encouragement as God illuminates our dark waters.
Well, after a year, I now emerge. Wiser? Maybe. Exposed? Indeed. Weaved in future writings (and that will prayerfully include guest posts as well) you’ll hear stories echoing the lyrics of Mandissa’s song, “Stronger” (check out her video below for encouragement). The driving force behind each entry will be a simple acronym God gave me: P.E.P. Talks. I will share and yes, expose what will make us stronger, using PERSPECTIVE as a drifting point exposing lies, ENCOURAGEMENT as a lantern illuminating truth and PEACE as a bridge between the two.
In these once-a-week postings (looking at Tuesdays, for now), we will laugh. We may scratch our heads. We might even cry, but may those tears cleanse, and not destroy what God desires to accomplish…a beautiful work, a healing work, a GOOD work as we ride the wave together.
Are you ready to start again with me? I truly hope so because I’m not called to ride this wave alone.
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NEXT WEEK: I’ll announce on Facebook my next installment. In the meantime, PRAY!