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Things are messy at our home this weekend. There are flowers strewn about the kitchen, Gorilla Glue being pasted on cake plates, and conference notes feverishly being taken in a writer’s notebook. Like I said, it’s a messy process, but the promise of the finished product helps me to overlook the chaos and remember that, in this season of life, the mess will always be there, but the creative process is what’s important right now.

From an online writer’s conference to a sixth-grade project in process, we are inventing, using our creativity, and delving into our imaginations. My daughter is building a cake plate and adorning it with glitter and artificial blossoms, an idea she conceived while scanning the shelves of Michael’s after school on Friday. I love seeing the project come together. It gives me hope that my own literary ideas may somehow come together and take shape into the book that I am attempting to write.

My mother’s favorite verse from Scripture is Phillipians 4:13 “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me,” sometimes translated as “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I, too, often reflect upon these words and lean on them for encouragement because they give me hope and confidence. Whether facing a fearful situation or undertaking writing a book as I am now, I know that God doesn’t make promises that He can’t keep. I truly believe these words, so even if I don’t always believe in myself, I realize that it is God who does the heavy lifting when I am weak.

Even when we don’t believe we can do something, if our inspiration comes from God, we can be assured that He will guide and encourage us throughout the process. Another encouraging verse from Phillipians reads, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6) And so, for today, I ignore the jumble and the clutter and forge on. The housework will get done eventually. For today, I write.

I invite you to follow this blog in hopes that it will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to you on your journey with Jesus. Thank you for your prayers and support!


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