But sometimes what we write seems to come from a much deeper soul place. Have you ever written an emotional journal entry? A letter of reconciliation? Snippets of inspiration that get tucked away in obscure folders on your computer? These sorts of words come from deep within us and may even be exhausting to compose, and yet they often serve a much greater role in our healing or growth.
When I started (nearly a decade ago) writing the pieces of what would turn into my first published book, I wasn't planning on my words developing into a book. I was simply seeking to process many difficult emotions, and transcribing my thoughts, feelings, and memories onto paper (or computer screen) was one way I felt stirred to do that.
Over several years, my circumstances changed multiple times, each shift bringing a new set of emotions. In each new situation I felt God prompt me to keep writing on the same theme, and as I did, writing helped me process through frustrations, grief, confusion, disappointment, excitement, and more.
Eventually I realized I had compiled a book, one that I could pursue finding a publisher for! Now you can read the product of my healing journey in book form: Treasures of a Childlike Heart is a compilation of humorous, sentimental, and sweet stories about my simple country childhood. Lessons of embracing simplicity and cherishing loved ones surface naturally throughout the tales. And it all came from utilizing little moments over a span of quite a few years to process my emotions and write.
Perhaps you are more structured and have scheduled times to write in order to complete a book within a specific timeframe. Whatever method you use, do you know why you are writing? Your words are no doubt coming from your heart and soul. But are you aware of the beautiful effects the process of writing can have on you as well?
So what are you waiting for? Get out a pen and paper. Pull out your laptop. Open a blank note on your phone. Write to express your soul. Write to process emotions. Write to heal. You may inspire and bless many people with your words, but even more than that, you yourself may experience great benefits.
I'd love to hear from you about a time when you turned to writing as one way to process a hard situation or set of emotions. Was it natural to turn to writing in that instance? Was penning the words a hard process? Was it effective in helping you work through your circumstances? Leave a comment on this post or use my contact page to send me a note and let me know about a time when writing made a difference in your life.
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