November 2015 Newsletter:: Legacy
A few months ago, I began to ponder what I would write about if I knew I only had a few months left to live. And it hit me hard: I would share my stories— both the obviously important ones and the seemingly insignificant moments that have still somehow managed to stay tucked tight into my ever-disintegrating memory bank. I would dig around to discover what God taught me in those moments and I would pray with all my heart that others might find courage, encouragement, and inspiration from it all.
So that’s what I’ve begun. Every day last month, I dove down deep into the theme of Legacy and was (shockingly!) able to meet my goal of posting something every single day for the Write 31 Days Challenge. I sifted through both old and new memories and relationships in an attempt to find out what valuable lessons I could learn and, therefore, pass along to others.
I revisited my youth, my days as a young mother, the lessons I’m learning now, and all sorts of places in between. It was a pleasure to tap away on my keyboard so often; a pleasure to tap into old memories and hash out what I learned at so many pivot-points in my life. Although it was appropriately humbling to hit “publish” on so many posts that I would have preferred to edit much more, all in all the entire process was gratifying. It was a great reminder of how important my relationships, flaws, and failures have been along the way— they have taught me beautiful lessons that have not been easily forgotten.
As Staci Eldridge once said, “The degree to which you are able to tell your story is the degree to which you are able to heal.” With that in mind, as I look forward into the next few months, I anticipate writing a bit more of the same. There is something delightfully therapeutic in the process of panning for gold in the midst of old memories.
So here we go again, friends: Let’s keep on digging deep and uncovering new moments, new lessons learned, and new layers of healing to be found. My prayer is that you, too, would be digging into your past and present, exploring what you see there, and gaining clarity and perspective as you, too, walk forward in courage and newfound freedom in your life.
As always, thank you for your support.
(For a complete list of everything I posted in October, click here)
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What about you?
Where is God leading you this month? What did you learn about Him or about yourself over the past month?
Please share your journey in the comment section below.