10 reasons Why My Message Matters

My message originates with God. When God is in control, the beauty of writing is that God is part of the process. He helps the messenger who then gives out the message. This is something I am learning and am moving forward with each week.

Sometimes we look back to see where we have come from.  At other times we look forward to see where we are heading.  Then there’s reality, where we are at this point in time. For some of us, we never quite arrive at that place where we want to be. If we let this stop us, it will impede our progress. Looking forward is critical to our success. A plan is needful too. Introspection is helpful but it also may be crippling. All depends. It can keep us stationary and immobile–when we become stuck looking backwards or inward. Action is to start a movement forward, the snowball effect. It helps to have a purposed approach to accomplishing our endeavors. This has been true for me in my various writing projects. I have a target audience, the Christian community. That is where I focus my creative energies.

My message matters. It is because God has given me its message.  In my walk with God, there is something I have found that has made a “change-around” in my life. So much so, that I want to give my readers a taste of what I have learned so they might want it for themselves. My desire to share these thoughts comes from an inner compelling. It would be wrong of me to keep quiet because what I have to say is worth saying. It is real and genuine. 

ONE THOUSAND GIFTS: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan, 2010)

I see it clear, June coming in bright on the breeze through open window: there is no real reality, no full life, outside of the relationship with Love, because God Himself wraps Himself eternally in relationship: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit existing in relationship, an encircling dance of communion sweetest. God is love–everywhere! every thing!– and He can only be love because He exists in triune relationship. . . . I too am lavished with the love the Father has for the Son. In union, that love is mine–ours! ”  Ann Voskamp

One Thousand Gifts was given to me as a gift by a dear friend. I wasn’t too far into it when I realized I would need to adjust to her use of language. The purpose of the book delivers and delivers. The reader is constantly faced with the spiritual during the stressful, the things of God when life and loss doesn’t seem right or fair. We are on the journey with Ann. We feel her pain. We know her frustrations. She lets us see into confusing, contradictory thoughts that make up the stuff of real life. I like it. And, I appreciate where the journey takes her. Looking to the good, finding the tiniest of celebrations, seizing the forms of beauty that make up our days, is what Ann challenges us to “pay attention” to as she chronicles crawling out of the darkness into the light by living in Eucharisteo, in constant communion with God. The pain has found its comfort, and that comfort is in the Creator and Sustainer.  I appreciate the encouragement that this sweet book offers to all who have been hurt by heart-breaking loss and buried by unspoken pain. It is time to live fully right where you areOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are