Speaking truth into my God-given gifts became a reality today, as I worked through the edits to the first half of my children’s book.
After finishing, this thought hit me.
I am a writer!
Even though I have been rhyming poetry in my head and dreaming up story plots since I was a child, it has been hard to call myself a writer.
Not only did I think there was no room at the table for me, I felt deeply that I could never push my uncredentialled-self up to this platform, where highly qualified people created and collaborated.
How often do we live out of who we think we are, not fully realizing that we have God-given potential that we are not accessing?
Our doubts of who we think we are, keep us from seeing ourselves as God sees us.
How often do we listen to the loudmouth voices tell us that we aren’t good enough?
God calls us to listen to His voice.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
In learning to live authentically risk has pushed me into foreign places that call for extreme courage. As I walk in obedience to God’s promptings, I sense His presence and see His faithfulness to qualify me in areas that I never would have established myself.
God’s equipping comes, as He leads us down the best pathways for our lives.
In living authentically, we declare the praises of God through what we create and living uniquely as our one-true-self, made in the image of God.
LINDA JANE DINGELDEIN: DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDA JANE DINGELDEIN
Not only am I a writer, I am a Hope*Writer!