Once upon a time…

Beginnings are funny things. Every story has one. As a writer, I believe I struggle most with this one, essential component. I often find myself sitting at the computer, staring blankly at the screen, wiling the story to spring to life before my eyes. Yet there I sit. Fingers poised motionless on the keyboard and a million thoughts coursing through my mind.  They are all vying for attention, yet none of them receive it as I stress and over-think this one key piece. In typical fashion, here I sit, thinking of how to best introduce this blog. Forsaking the notion that I can begin things in a catchy, witty, or profound manner, I believe the best I can do is to simply jump right in and share my heart and purpose in writing.

My name is Melissa. This past Saturday was my 24th birthday. As I was thinking about this upcoming year, I began to ask myself, “What do you want to do with your 25th year on this earth?” My heart answered back, “Write.” I have always dreamed of writing a book. The thought of writing an entire book, however, is daunting. Rather than tackle that enormous task, I decided I should start with a blog. Here I can write about a variety of topics without the worry of them being cohesive chapters. I also do not have to worry about the publishing process, as all I have to to is click “Publish” on the bottom of the screen. God may lead me to write a book in the future, but for now I will simply blog.

I often learn best by writing. As an avid journal writer, I find myself feeling I haven’t truly processed something unless it has been written. I feel my prayers are not really prayed unless they are written. My thoughts are not real unless they are written. As a young girl, writing was always a struggle. I desperately wanted to write, but my severe dyslexia meant writing merely caused frustration and feelings of failure. Throughout the years, however, I’ve managed to overcome my dyslexia. This opened the door to the beautiful world of writing. Once I began to write, I was hooked. I now cannot imagine my life without expressing myself through the written word.

The sky is the limit as far as topics are concerned, but the true themes of my heart will be central to my blog. As a child of Christ, my walk with Him will be a common theme, as well as what it means to be a woman of God in this awkward stage of life. I hope my writings will be used by the Lord to encourage and strengthen anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog. Even if no one ever reads this, I hope to glorify God through this page.

 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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