"We ought to begin each day asking God to give us high expectations for every human encounter we experience. We should pray for alertness to the special opportunities God brings our way to give or receive encouragement through conversation. The words we hear and the words we speak often carry the seeds of life."
This quote inspired me to take that first step of faith and begin to write from my heart. I began a newsletter to encourage the women in our church in 1992 looking back, I had no computer, everything was typed, pages stapled together, and folded. I photo copied my black and white graphics from a very cheap book, but believe it or not that generic looking news letter ended up in places I could not have imagined. In the back of the newsletter I put my post office box address so if anyone had a prayer request they could send it to me. These are a couple that made me smile…
Hi Lorie, I found your news letter while waiting at a bus stop; these are my prayer requests, my newsletter at a bus stop. Hi Lorie, I'm from California and I love your newsletter, now how in the world did it get to California from Hawaii. Many more followed from various locations and people. At that time the newsletter was called "Encouragement From The Heart" that was the beginning of my journey. Due to the music ministry with my husband, I had to put the newsletter aside but kept writing in my journals till I had the courage to start blogging in 2007.
I was really hesitating at starting a blog, and share my heart and my soul to strangers in cyberspace. I remember feeling so unworthy, besides I was not a seasoned or experienced writer. What about the editing, grammar, and all that goes along with being a writer. But the Lord knew my heart and he reminded me of those generic newsletters of long ago, how the poetry, songs, and words of encouragement he planted in my soul had not only come to life, but also began to touch lives.
The Lord gave me the courage and boldness to step out in faith and share. I remember these words which he had spoken to my heart, Lorie you share it, and I will bless it, and those who I send to read it, will read it from their hearts. So I did, and he continues to bless it today. I continue to write from my heart and share my soul, and let the Holy Spirit have his way in my life.
My eyes fill with tears, when people share with me through emails, letters, cards, and here on this blog, how a poem or word of encouragement, has kept them from giving up, taking another drink, or hurting themselves. How a teenager changed her mind about aborting her baby, the feeling of peace, and calmness in their spirits, and many more testimonies. I am so humbled to think how God could use me in this way, to make a difference in this world by encouraging others.
What if I never took that step of faith, what if I had let my fears keep me from sharing the gift of writing the Lord knew would be used one day to touch his precious people. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't put limits on yourself, but most of all don't put limits on how God can use you in your life. All he looks for is a servant’s heart, and a willing spirit.
I have learned the way out of discouragement is to be an encouragement to someone else. Give God the darkness in your life, let him fill you with his light, and you just grow, glow, and go for Jesus. Begin each task expectantly, expecting to experience the most wonderful opportunities he has waiting for you out there in this journey called life. I am always reminded that it is never about me, but all about him.