a {new} journey

Howdy friends! It has been a looooong while since I’ve posted (almost 2 years to be exact)! Lots has happened in that time span.  It’s really too much to tell about.

However, I am going to let you in on a secret of mine.  In case you didn’t know, I like to write and ramble about the craziness and excitement of our lives.  If you follow me on social media, you already know that!

Believe it or not, I do keep some things to myself,  like the secret I am about to share.  Let’s pause for a moment to be honest here because — My palms are sweaty.  My heart is racing. And, I’m currently searching for ANY topic to talk about so I can avoid what’s coming. But, here it is!

Over the last few months, God has placed it on my heart to combine my passion for Him and my passion for writing into a new journey.  While I’m still not sure what that’s supposed to look like exactly, I’ve started taking baby steps! In January, I created a Facebook group devoted to Bible journaling.  I seriously thought I would have maybe 20 people join my journey, and that was really stretching my vision.  {{ YALL!! }} God showed up BIG time and my little group has almost 1,000 followers! Wait! What?!?! That’s like 50 times more than my hopes! I don’t know why I am always amazed when He shows up, but I am! Maybe, humbled is a better word than amazed.  The God that created the heavens and the stars, raised folks from the dead, caused blind men to see, and the lame to walk, still cares enough about us today to show up BIG time in our daily lives.  It’s truly breath-taking to sit and reflect upon!

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So, I realized, He’s got this! He has a plan much greater than my poor little mind can fathom, and I just need to run with it.  That’s where the hard part comes in. I’ve spent that last month praying for a vision.  Praying that God would take this thought of channeling my love for writing into doing something for Him. I’ve gone through at least 4 mechanical pencils and 2 ink pens, probably more but my husband tells me I exaggerate my stories too much, so I’m just going to stop at 6 writing utensils. 🙂   My purse has been full of half written notes and ideas for weeks.  My planner is full of random thoughts in every empty space.  The notes section of my phone has been cluttered with notes that have been deleted and recovered on more than one occasion. The poor trash cans in our home have been overflowing with paper balls of ideas I thought were worthless.

I’ve cried. I’ve laughed. I’ve argued with God. I’ve found every reason NOT to get serious and finish (or start) something that resembled writing for Jesus. Then, during a small conversation at lunch today, it hit me.  Just DO the thing! A sweet friend told me today, “If God gave you a desire, you need to do it.”  Ok, maybe those weren’t her EXACT words, but they are close enough.

So, here I am.  Being strong and courageous (as per my New Year’s resolution), and sharing with you the first product of this new “thing” (for lack of a better word). Here’s the big secret — the rEvEaL of  my very first, peronally written, Scripture Writing Plan.

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I don’t what the future holds for the rest of this journey, but here’s to this BOLD beginning and sweet friends who encouraged me to take a leap! I’ll be sharing this plan with by Bible journaling group throughout the month of February.  If you want in on the fun, join us by clicking HERE.

Happy Trails!

Rachel

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