I met the sweetest girl in the world. Her name is Karina. She is warmth and sunshine. She is joy and energy. She is a writer and a worshiper. She is sensational. She is my friend. And I want you to meet her here or here or here. She's a big deal.
Karina asked if I'd take part in a blog hop. Basically, I tell you a little about me and the blog, and you get to meet some wonderful friends of mine along the way.
Let's do this.
Q: What am I writing now?
I am working on a series called "The Pastor's Wife." You can expect a couple of guest posts from some lovely friends soon, and for now I'm helping to edit those. I'll end the series with an additional story of my own.
Q: How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My vision for this blog happened overnight. I awoke to a nudging from the Holy Spirit to cultivate a space for stories to be captured and expressed. When God calls He equips. The vision started coming together. There would be redemptive stories told, along with captivating photos that would send a message and offer hope to a broken world.
In the formation of this blog, I knew each story told would need to contain a level of raw vulnerability meets hope and rescue, and that each photograph would be done personally and would be a reflection of what was spoken.
I'm sure there are so many in this world doing these very same things. I look up to countless men and women who are writing brave, honoring people's lives and bringing glory to God. I aspire to be like many of them!
Q: Why do I write what I do?
I've always loved a good story. My curiosity for life and people would provoke me in asking endless amounts of questions, with a deep desire to understand the why's behind life and decisions and outcomes. I can remember rides with my dad in his old pickup truck bombarding his time with my need-to-know inquiries, and he always had an answer. I feel that I owe some of this to him. I'm sure he grew tired of my incessant probing and polls, but he gave me room to ask. He gave me safety to wonder. And nothing was off limits.
And really, I just believe in stories. I believe in their ability. The power they carry to set a soul free, to inspire a sleeper, to spare a temptation, to soften a calloused heart. I love the way a story can connect complete strangers, differing generations, races and backgrounds. And all of a sudden, I get you and you see me and together we see God, the greatest narrator of us all. And I believe they should be told.
Q: How does my writing process work?
The first time I read something by Ann Voskamp, my understanding of writing shifted. There were no more rules. She wrote from the gut, from the poetic rhythms inside her soul, and that's when I felt I could too. These stories you read from these beautiful individuals in this space are theirs, but they've graciously allowed me to contribute my vision for story form writing. It is a process of writing and re-writing, tears and joy. They have given me permission to intimately enter into their experiences, and each story has taught me and changed me. I am grateful they let me do this.
And now let me introduce you to my 3 friends and their must-read blogs.