I've gathered from visiting your blogs that many of you are writers who are already published; for others, perhaps your goal is to one day be published. I'm curious about how you got started writing, and how God has worked in your life to bring your writing dream to where it is currently.
I wrote my first book at the age of 9. Twenty-eight pages long, it featured a hand-colored cover. I remember a deep sense of satisfaction welling in my heart as I stapled it all together. Unfortunately, a traumatic childhood followed by a young adulthood spent in survival mode caused the dream to fade deep into the recesses of my heart. Eventually, after being buried for so long, all thoughts of writing were utterly forgotten.
Don't you love those two words? I do. Romans 8:28 promises us that God works ALL things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. That's exactly what God did for me. Through a dramatic and vivid dream, the Lord unearthed the buried gift of writing and placed it back into my hands.
He is truly a God who revives, renews, and restores.
Three weeks after that dream, a writing job literally fell into my lap. I proceeded to write a bi-monthly column in our local newspaper for two and a half years. Talk about a learning curve!
When that contract ended, the Lord nudged me to attend my first writers conference. Oh, the trauma! That was the beginning of 2007. Afterwards, I bravely submitted a few articles and had one accepted for publication.
At the beginning of 2008 I threw caution to the wind and established my very first list of annual writing goals. In His goodness, God granted me favor and the number of pieces accepted for publication far exceeded what I had on that list. All this for a girl with no formal education. At all.
He is able to "do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams..." (Ephesians 20).
So, I'm curious. What's your story? I'd love to hear it. I can't wait to discover what God has done and is doing in and through you. Grab a cup of tea or some chocolate, and do tell.