A few random thoughts as I've been writing...
I've been thinking lately how memories fade, but emotions tend to linger. I look back at painful events in my life, and the details have grown muddy with the passing years. I can't quite remember how the moments played out.
But if you ask me how I felt...about the impact on my heart...I can spell that out for you beat by beat. And probably draw up some tears in the process.
Perhaps the blurring is a blessing. While it isn't the case for everyone and every memory, when the details do fade, we feel freer to move forward.
But perhaps the lingering emotions can be a blessing too. I don't like to feel grief or disappointment or pain, but I do like to know that I have lived. I do appreciate the lessons and the growth in my faith. And I recognize that my own experiences can be useful in bring hope and companionship to others walking through similar circumstances. It's important to be reminded how far we've come.
Life is meant to be lived fully...raw and vulnerable.
As mothers, we experience a myraid of emotions. I know loss and fear, joy and unshakable love.
These are the things, when expressed through our writing, that make the biggest impact. Our words become arms reaching, drawing in the broken, telling them they're known and understood. They become a cathartic experience for the weary life-traveler who can't ever seem to articulate their grief properly. And they become a bridge, guiding other toward our loving Father.
Today I'm praying peace for whatever journey you're walking. But also courage. If you feel the Holy Spirit nudging you toward more vulnerable writing, it may be that someone needs desperately to be seen.
Grace and peace,
Laura Frances grew up a shy thing, always daydreaming. She is now the author of the Slave series, a clean, dystopian story. Residing in midwest America as a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and writer, Frances strives to convince others through the art of storytelling that they can do the things they think they can't.
You can follow her at www.laurafranceswriter.com