I’ve been living a remarkably quiet life.
It seems that this last year, which presented more than a couple of big, life-altering events, has somehow left me speechless. Odd, for a person usually prone to self-expression through the written word.
I’ve settled into a new home, new town, and finally a new church, after months and months of searching. I’ve also unexpectedly become a grandmother, and started a ministry, but still have managed to withdraw into a silent place. That’s not altogether a bad thing, given that major life changes can often-times require some emotional adjustment. But sometimes we dwell in those silent places too long. Sometimes we find an odd sort of comfort there, hiding, instead of getting on with it.
Lately, I’ve felt the words start working their way to the surface. Instead of pouring them out, however, I’ve pushed them back down, denying them their say for fear that the letting go would leave me completely undone in the process. I’ve worked hard to keep myself together, after all. But what good am I, lips zipped up tight? Am I walking contentedly in stillness with my God, or have I simply cut myself off?
He’s shown me that I’m not going to move forward without letting go, stepping out…speaking up. Even if I become undone, there will be healing when my words land safely with the Author of life.
So, I’m finding my voice, heading into the new year with a sure step forward. I would be so honored if you’d join me.
Be looking for news of a new address and look for the blog in 2011…it seems fitting to start everything off fresh!
We are so glad my friend. We have missed your voice 🙂
I just got the COOLEST news today, will tell you when you call,
I'm so happy to hear / read this. Your ability to use the written word is incredible and I'm certain the Lord has much work ahead of you!
Glad to have you back my friend!
Welcome back!! I missed you! Eager to hear what God has to say through you.
Melinda, this just spoke to me so much, friend! I am coming out of a similar place and am excited and even a bit nervous about opening up through words again. I was quiet as seasons were shifting and then quiet because the new season needed it. Eventually, the time to speak started to become evident and now I'm preparing for the season ahead. It's like a first date and first day of school all smushed together in my chest! Praying with you during this time!
Oh, how I have missed you ma'am. And I know about the moving and settling. Since last November we have moved 3 times with my husband's relocation. I am nearly undone. But, hopefully, this one sticks awhile as we finally found a home to buy and I am finally able to rip tape off of boxes.
Friend, I think your words will always land safely here as well. Looking forward to it all!
Yeah! So glad to "see" you again.
It's wisdom to relish the retreats. The Lord has a way of launching amazing stuff from & because of them.
I am so glad you are back! I have missed you around here!!! And I can't wait to hear about all that is in store.
Can't wait to see what God has you share!!
I've missed you also. God sometimes allows us to become quiet in order for us to listen to Him. I'm sure He has good things in store for you.
Lovely. So much to go through in a short time. I have a feeling the words aren't going to undo you as much as thye are going to free you and we'll reap the benefit.
Happy New Year! So glad we met face to face in 2010. What a gift to my heart.
I'm looking forward to reading the words that God will be placing on your heart.
I'm glad you are back! I have missed you and wondered how you are doing. Can't wait to see what the LORD has in store for you in the new year!