This captivates me.

I drive by this dilapidated house and barn daily on my commute home from work. It fascinates me. Something about old abandoned buildings have always grabbed my attention.

A story lies behind this falling apart barn and farmhouse. It begs to be told.

My mind is racing on the way home from work, but this building always causes me to refrain from the rush of thoughts in my head to imagine its story.

Sometimes, a story, an escape from reality is exactly what I need.

What catches your attention?


31 Days of Gratitude: Story

I have just spent two wonderful days at the Breathe Christian writing conference. The theme this year? Celebrate story.

Everyone has a story. 

Ask any waitress, any counselor, any teacher, anyone who works in long term care… everyone has a story.

I spend my days working with elders. Each elder brings a life story when they enter our community. My days are busy, but the best days, the days that I feel most fulfilled by my work, are the days I have taken time to listen to someone’s story.

I also have the opportunity to freelance write for our community’s local newspaper. My assignments are always feature stories. Again, I have the opportunity to listen to story.

Story matters.

Story shapes us and in turn shapes others. 

God is writing the story of our lives. I am learning to trust Him as the author of my life. Only He knows the chapters, the plot twists, the ending. 

Our story is who we are. We learn, we live, we grow, we relate, we interact, we listen. 

I love story. I love to read stories. I love to listen to the stories of the elders I work with. 

I am grateful God is the author of my story. I just need to listen and obey and trust Him to write it.

Can you trust Him with your story?

Generation after generation stands in awe of Your work; each one tells stories of Your mighty acts. I compose songs on Your wonders. I could write a book full of the details of Your greatness. Psalms 145:4-6 The Message 


The flowing of words…

I have always loved words. They have always easily flowed on the paper or the screen for me. Words are my way of expressing, explaining life around me.

One of the biggest steps of faith I have ever taken as a writer has been to identify myself as a writer…openly to others.

Attending a writing conference helps remind me why I write and encourages me to keep doing it…whether it is for myself, as a journal prayer to God, or a poem to express my thoughts.

One of my favorite conferences is the Breathe Christian conference in Michigan. It was there that I learned all about blogging and took the leap of faith to begin this blog. It is there that I met my writing partner now turned best friend. It is there that I had the best gluten free chocolate cake ever. 🙂

I had the privilege of guest blogging on the Breathe Conference blog…I invite you to read why story matters to me… Why Story Matters…