I have missed writing on this little tucked away place of the internet. I’ve written a bit the past year, here and there, but I haven’t put serious time and effort into writing words for this blog… and I miss it! Here’s why…
I’ve always been able to best express my heart and what I’m learning through written words. Everyone is different. Some people best express themselves through art or cooking or sports or music. I love how God has created us all so differently. The important thing is discovering what fuels you and brings up that passion within you. I’ve always known that for me, it’s writing. I’ve kept journals since I was really young. All throughout high school, university, being newly married, etc. I’ve written on and off- sometimes on a blog, sometimes in a journal. But it’s something in my life I’ve always made time for. Since having kids I’ve found theres less time for writing, especially having two kids under the age of 3 🙂 But as they’re getting a little bit older, I’m learning I need to sneak away more time for myself. Or instead of flopping into bed and watching our newest Netflix addiction at the end of the day, I’m trying to use that time to pour into myself through writing or reading.
About 13 years ago, I was at a point in my life where I was trying to really discern the path God wanted me to take. I was in University, studying to be a teacher, but I sensed very strongly that God wanted me to travel overseas for a season. I didn’t know where or what He wanted me to do, I just knew that He wanted me to experience something totally different. My Dad put me in touch with a friend of his who spoke a bunch of wisdom into my life at the time. I think he worked as a life coach or something and I remember soaking in everything he had to say. One of the stories he shared was the one about Eric Lidell from “Chariots of Fire.” He shared that quote (which I feel I have now heard many times since)… “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” At the time, when I heard that, something clicked and I realized how much God wanted me to discover all of who I am in Him. I was following a path I truly did desire to be on, becoming a teacher and pursuing a University education, and yet, I sensed God had something different for me in that season. He eventually, through a very unique and profound way, revealed where He wanted me to go and what He wanted me to do (which I can share in another post) and I ended up in Albania doing Capernwray bible school for 3 months and then travelling Europe for 5 weeks. It was an amazing experience but it was also something I don’t believe I would have done had I not dug into the “more” that God had for me during that time.
I think God has wired us each with a very unique DNA and He has created us with longings, stirrings, passion, and desires…all for a reason and a purpose. For me, in this season, it’s easy to forget this in the day to day grind of kids and groceries and cleaning and finances, etc. These things are all important parts of our daily lives that bring God a ton of glory. But I also think what gives our daily lives even more beauty and purpose is when we can dig into our deeper longings and passions.
Our creativity is a gift from God. He created us all in His image, to reflect His glory to one another. The bible says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
What allows you to feel God’s pleasure in your life? Think about it, ask God about it. And then, go do a ton of that thing…whatever it is. Today, for me, it’s writing this blog. So there you have it! 🙂 I’m right there with you… trying to do those things that allow me to feel His pleasure and bring Him glory.
If you find yourself reading this, I’m praying for you- that wherever you find yourself today and whatever you’re doing, you would feel God’s pleasure as you go do those amazing things He’s created you to do.