A couple of weekends ago I was chattin’ with the Lord about some things on my heart: family, grace, love, vacation, the grocery store, making dinner, Bible study, writing. You know the usual stuff. I took a lot of notes about our conversation.
I keep several small notebooks around all the time because you just never know where you are going to be when inspiration hits and you’ve got to jot it down. I am apparently at that age when inspiration hits you better get it down fast or it’s gone, quick. And I mean like lightning. Sometimes it’s gone before I can even uncap my pen!
I’m just going with the flow though. It’s a season of life and Jesus is enough. I just try to laugh… A LOT!
Sometimes when I am chattin’ with the Lord He answers questions for me. Sometimes He just tells me things I wasn’t even thinking about. He often speaks to me in the shower or when I first wake up and haven’t gotten distracted yet. Sometimes, our conversation is more of a regular dialogue and less of a question answer session. You know, like a regular relationship. So as we’re chattin’, I jot down notes.
In case it’s not obvious, I have spent quite a while talking to Him about grace, love, The Resurrection, abundant life and reigning. The more we talk about it, the more He reveals and I have begun to realize that it is truly a never-ending topic. And for that, I am profoundly grateful.
So back to a couple of weekends ago, as we were talking, I heard a question in the back of my mind, “What would you write if you thought it wasn’t for public consumption?”
I thought about what that meant. Honestly for a while I wasn’t sure I even understood the question. But what I finally came around to was, if I wasn’t concerned about audience, format, topic, length, voice, marketability, etc., what would I write?
Once I understood the question I had to admit that I wasn’t sure I knew the answer.
So I sat down to find out.
I started doing some regular, spontaneous free-writing (I am sure there is some technical writing jargon for this process, but I am learning as I go and someone can tell me in the comments what it is called) just to see what would happen. So I’ve been sitting down with a blank Word document, praying and then I just start writing and see what happens.
And you know what inevitably happens? Every single time no matter how I start at the beginning I end up dialoguing with God on paper instead of out loud or in my head.
And you know what we talk about? Grace, love, Jesus, abundant life, reigning, Bible study.
I guess my point is, even when I sit down in a completely unstructured environment with no expectations or planned outcomes, this is still what’s coming out of me. Therefore, I think it’s safe to assume for the foreseeable future it’s going to be a theme around here in this space. My series on abundant living and reigning in life has graduated to a theme.
I would also like to take this opportunity (or should I say risk) to invite you to share your thoughts here. Maybe you have some examples to share or ideas about what it means to walk free in Christ, to live abundantly and to reign in life. Maybe you even disagree with my ideas. Adventures are so much more fun when we share them together.