I Am a Writer

I am a writer. No wait…I AM A WRITER! What does this mean? Does it mean I write for a living, that I’m a published author, a reporter…what? I am none of those things today. Does it mean I write because I want to, I love to, I can’t help it? Quite possibly.

For the next 15 days I am taking the Great Writer Challenge at goinswriter.com. Today, I face the challenge of declaring that I am a writer. This is no simple declaration. Who am I? My goodness, I haven’t even updated this blog in forever! Does that disqualify me from being a writer? Perhaps, if I allow it to.

In my mix of thoughts and emotions as I write this, fear and pride are my biggest walls to hurdle. Fear of criticism, ridicule, rejection and failure. Fear that I’m not good enough, that I am not what I declare. Fear that I am! Prideful in that I want to hide my inner self from the world, not allow others to see and assess or judge who I am. To hold on to some amount of dignity.

Despite it all, today I step forward in faith…as weak as it may be…I AM A WRITER.

What do you need to declare today?

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    • Congrats to you too April! It is very scary!…but also liberating. Like you said in your post, I feel like by declaring it, I have given myself permission to write, something I I sought from others.

  1. jennifer…god used you today in my life in a huge way. Writing has been a part of my life since childhood and i have always felt the strongest urge that God wanted me to share the things he puts on my heart and mind with others. Recently after unloading some years of baggage, the urge became a pointed message to start a blog. I put up the framework, have the skeleton of many posts ready to flesh out, but have balked at making it public and actually putting it out there in fear of rejection and humiliation and general lack of response. Also, terrified to draw attention to it but yet feel that I should!

    These last two weeks i know i’ve been covering the light in me that God wants to use and have felt the effects of that. :( today as i browsed online while ignoring the small voice saying do it, do something, I came across your post and knew it was confirmation of my disobedience to God’s specific direction…which was a relief! Would you mind terribly if i declared to you that i’m a writer to start? And then i’m going to humbly follow my God’s leading tonight and post my first real entry besides the verse that God gave me. i would appreciate very much if i could copy you on what i write. I don’t know if that’s too much to ask of a complete stranger but ironically it feels like the safest place to start!

    tearfully AND joyfully,

    kris

    • Thank you so much Kris, for your openness and vulnerability. Your words have encouraged and confirmed so much to me the promptings in my own heart, and desire to be used by God through words. I relate so much to what you shared with me! I am overjoyed that my post has encouraged you! What you have written here to me is the perfect start to your first post! Your beautiful heart for others to see! Go for it! Take the leap and put that first post out there! Trust and honor God. I am delighted that you would want to use what I have written, I just ask that you give credit to anything you copy of mine. :) I am honored by you declaration! YOU ARE A WRITER! Congratulations! Now go WRITE! Let me know how it goes!

    • Kris! Your post is beautiful!!! Absolutely beautiful!Your heart for God shines through. What a blessing and joy for me to read. I love your usage of words and images. Keep it up, I would love to see more. Lets keep in touch and encourage each other!

  2. Everything you said descibes me to a “T”! So proud of you for taking the challenge that I am still to fearful and prideful to take! I am so incredibly proud of you! Can’t wait to see where this journey takes you my friend! Love you bunches!

    • It is scary…but I’m finally putting myself out there!!! I think about you so much…I was hoping you would visit my blog. I so appreciate your words of encouragement!

  3. jen, it’s kris…the one god used you to motivate that june 5th, i’ve been meaning to update you and today just found the perfect moment to let you know i haven’t stopped writing and to tell you i’m glad you haven’t either! i’m reading and digesting what you’ve written since then. i would love if you would take another look at what god’s been laying on my heart. i hope something there will encourage you like you’ve done for me! xo plantedoak.wordpress.com

    • I have thought of you often!!! So glad you are continuing on with writing. Gonna head over to your blog right now! Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement! It means so much to me. :)

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