Recently, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a post that spoke to me. I don’t recall the entire thing, however it was about goals and what to do to get started. The only line I remember went something like this….
Want to write a book? Just start writing.
Okay, so I don’t necessarily want to write a book (although I could put A LOT of ink on some pages), but I do LOVE to write. I’m a words girl. Words make me happy. So of course I like the way they look as they are being written or typed onto paper and screens. (Thank you to whomever you are…you put that spark back in my fire.)
When I look back, I see so many signs of my passion for words and writing.
Once as a young girl, my Nana was visiting and I asked her to read a story I wrote for a school assignment. When she finished the last line, she looked up at me with a serious look I had never seen before and said, “Mary Ann, you should think about getting some of your writing published.”
Um, excuse me?
This is the same woman who told me at the age of 19 that I shouldn’t go to school to become a hair stylist. A few of her reasons? “You’ll get tired of standing on your feet all day, people complain too much and it’s not the most rewarding job.” Not her exact words, but they hit me fiercely. Straight to the heart. Only, now that I think about it, maybe she was right? Maybe I should….JUST WRITE.
I’m not sure why it took so long to do what I love to do without fear. Whatever the reason, I know God is on time. I may never have a single word published, but that shouldn’t stop me from doing what I enjoy. Maybe the words I’m guided to share will speak to some and maybe they will turn some away. But if I am true to myself, I will remain in the will of God and He will use me in ways I cannot even imagine.
Summing it all up…words have always been a huge part of my life. I haven’t always used them in the most loving or appropriate ways, but my heart and mind always desires it. I’m a flawed human being who will never be perfect this side of heaven.
Well… He IS perfect and He is working on perfecting me…in HIS image. Guiding me, growing me… and giving me a glimpse of His purpose for my life.
Little by little.
Word by sweet WORD.