“She offered herself honestly and beautifully, sharing something from within her laced with courage and hope. She showed me beauty and woke up a longing in me to take part in it. The beauty she shared was, quite simply, herself. And in sharing herself, she showed me a glimpse of the glory of God.”
- emily p freeman
“Art is when we do work that matters in a creative way; in a way that touches people and changes them for the better.” - seth godin
I’ve always loved writing. It gives me such joy. It connects me to myself. To how I’m doing. Most of all it connects me to God. To what he's teaching me in that day, that moment, through that person, experience, hardship.
God’s been showing me that we all have a story inside of us that wants to come out - to bring us to know ourselves more fully thus knowing God, more of his character and how he talks to us, how he loves us. I never described or even thought of myself as a creative person or someone who could be one, but I look back at times in my life and its dotted everywhere. My favourite times in class was when I could write a story.
I never thought I was creative because I wasn't the best artist, music wasn't a strong suit and I really just didn't cut it in photography. But I started journalling and as dumb as it sounds I started writing long posts on social media. God showed me I’ve always loved writing and how He put that in me for Him and others and believe it or not for me too. You have something to, friend.
There’s something beautiful about telling a part of yourself and discovering more of you and more of God, there's something amazing about doing that and having other people learn more about themselves and about God.
I loved the moments when people would tell me that something I shared touched or moved them. I love how if we’re willing God will move in such powerful ways through our stories to other people. Whats equally as amazing, sometimes more so is vice versa. Those unexpected moments when someone else’s story touches you so so deeply. You can't help but want some of it - you want to stir that up in others to.
I believe with every fibre of my being that we all have creativity within us, we must be brave enough to let it out. to draw it out, to pull it out for the benefit of others and for the benefit of ourselves and most of all to point towards the Creator of all.
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness. - Brené Brown
I am a huge advocate for journalling - it is one of my favourite things to bring up in conversation as well as questions like ‘If you could do anything what would you do?’ or ‘What do you do when you need time to refresh?’
When I ask people if they journal and if not how come -
I often get answers like:
"I’ve always wanted to but I just don’t know how to do it
I tried to but got to a point where I got bored/ unmotivated and stopped
I stop for a while and cannot get back to it
I don’t think I could"
Journaling helped me so much because it helped me pour out with words my thoughts, hopes, mistakes and faith. It enabled me to work out things I couldn't do otherwise. It helped me heal when I wrote and it helped me heal when I read my words later on.
Some of my journals filled up in a few months and I have one that took three years to fill. There are times when I can write and write and it came so easily and then other times I would stare at the blank page not knowing what to say.
My dad was killed in a car accident and journaling really helped through my grief - I would lock in my memories or I would write about how unfair it was or how much I missed him, I would sometimes write down what I wanted to tell him in that moment or I would write prayers about how I trusted God no matter how much it hurt. So so many tears yet my words and the words God whispered to me in all of it helped me heal (amongst other things) and it slowly sowed my heart a little bit back together.
Whats been in my journal lately has been special moments that happen every now and then and my hopes and dreams as well as fear for the future. It is so very powerful to write down the bad and the good.
I mostly write about the good times because I want to remember them but I find it really important to write about the bad to, some of the most powerful things I have written have been during the hardest seasons and they have spoken volumes to me later on.
buy something you will write in
Depending on you - a blank notebook or a leather brown journal - find something you want to make ‘yours’. You want something that will hold the words of your life, the thoughts of your heart.
have no rules or expectations
Write one sentence, write 5 pages, write two words, write a little bit everyday or write once a week, write prayers, write hopes and dreams, write one big word on the page, write quotes, write something to keep you accountable to a goal, write something you're grateful for, write what you’re scared of, draw or doodle. Maybe you’ll stick in some receipts, maybe movie tickets from a movie with a loved one, maybe something you find a random piece of paper saying something that moves you.
give it a shot
How about giving it another try? Find your rhythm with it. Often we think that we’re not even going to try because we know whats going to happen, we make assumptions about the outcome.
I hope that helped you and inspired you.