I have done two things for as long as I can remember: loving Jesus and writing.
First, the Jesus part. I don’t remember the moment I accepted Jesus as my Savior. In my memory He has always been mine, and me His. I grew up in church, going to church camp and youth group and singing in the children’s choir. I played Mary in the Christmas play in kindergarten and gave a sermon on Youth Sunday my senior year of high school. You get it, a church kid.
In college I learned how to take my faith beyond Sunday mornings and summer camps. I learned what it looked like to live for Jesus every day. I realized the full joy of allowing Him into every part of my life. He invited me to step closer into relationship with Him, and wow am I glad that I accepted that invitation.
Now, the writing part. Similarly to the not-remembering-when-I-accepted-Jesus thing, I also don’t remember what the first thing I ever wrote was. As a kid I would write songs and sing them for my cousins. I would write poems that my Sunday school teacher would hang up in the hallway. I wrote short stories in Word and had a number of notebooks with partially written novels in them. I went to college for English and Creative Writing and wrote short stories and poems for workshops, sharing my work with other writers to critique and gives notes on.
It was in these classes that my two loves combined. While I received many comments on my writing (varying from complimentary, constructive, and a few that were just plain mean) the one that stuck in my head–and I heard more than once–was that I wrote about faith well. Before these classes the scope of writing was limited to fiction. Writing about my own life, let alone my faith, was never something I had even considered as an option before, and now I was being told that I was good at it.
So here I am, not too long after, writing about my life and my faith on a blog of my own. I have many goals and ideas for what I want this to look like, but here are a few of the important ones:
- I want this to be a space of honesty and vulnerability. You won’t find any wishy-washy half-true stories here. I don’t wish to make my life or my faith seem perfect in any way, and I certainly don’t want to be fake.
- I want my posts to be encouraging to others. Whether you’re already walking with Jesus, curious to know more about Him, or really don’t know what to think, you will find comfort, hope, and love here.
- Most importantly, I want this to be glorifying to God: a testimony of His faithfulness and goodness.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.