There are some things in life we have to write down, in order for them to become ours.
There are some things we have to write down because writing is prayer.
Writing from the heart is powerful. When we intentionally write with our hearts, we invite Jesus to meet with us — in the intimacy of our journey.
Writing, we become the Beloved. His Beloved.
Close to three years ago, I couldn’t breathe. Debilitating, unexpected panic attacks overtook me. Day and night. For an unknown period of time. To heal, I had to write in my whole voice. With my whole heart. As is. With you.
I know without a shadow of a doubt, writing with you in our Thursday weekly linkups changed the course of my story. It healed me. It made me real. And a book was birthed.
Writing is a deeply spiritual act of faith.
Research even shows that 15-20 minutes of expressive writing just three or four times in the course of four months makes a difference in emotional and physical well-being (improving mood, lowering stress levels and depressive symptoms).
Today, I’m inviting you to accept a bold challenge this year, sweet kindreds.
I invite you to write as the Beloved in 2015. I’m launching a new linkup on Thursdays called: Beloved Brews.
:: Beloved Brews ::
Intentional Writing With Jesus — With Your Whole Heart
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Deut33:12
Take the challenge to write as the Beloved
with Jesus in 2015.
I provide the writing prompts. You write and publish on any day. Then, link up on Thursday (I will have a link up button at the end of Thursday’s post, so you can type in your url. Or join in with a comment if you don’t blog). Read the post before yours and comment to say hi and encourage. Please use the Beloved Brews Badge and link back to http://www.thebonniegray.com/category/belovedbrews-linkup, so we can invite others and recognize each other in our community.
I took my first breaths as the Beloved — by writing with my whole heart with you.
When we write, we dare to believe our voice makes a difference — that we are the Beloved. That God cares about our every thought, feeling and experience and struggle.
We tell our stories. And others are touched to become the Beloved — and share their stories too.
Because we are all made to be known.
Just as Jesus placed His stories in the hearts of those He loved, bound as a book of Scriptures — you and I have words to share with each other — today — from Jesus.
Your voice matters. You’ll touch hearts in your everyday life (because this kind of writing will change us). You’ll touch others with a voice that is beautiful and real: yours.
Begin with next Thursday’s 1/15 writing prompt: What is Your One Word for 2015?
Whether you once journaled and write for personal pleasure — or maybe you have a blog, or you’re wrestling with whether to write a book, or you simply enjoy sharing your voice by commenting — take the challenge with me to write with Jesus and share it.
I’ll serve up tips on “whole heart writing” that I’ve learned along this journey. And I hope you’ll be inspired and encouraged to find your voice too.
Let’s swap stories. Brew up a post. Join Beloved Brew Thursdays.
Beloved Brews. Because writing intentionally with Jesus is living with all my heart.
Writing is prayer.
:: Writing Prompt for Next Thursday 1/15 ::
What’s Your One Word for 2015?
Our Whitespace Book Club begins January 22!
We’ll be reading through the book together. Order your copy of Finding Spiritual Whitespace and invite some friends to do this together. Just like my Facebook Page. The Book Club will take place there.
I can’t wait to hear how the book speaks to you! If you host a book club gathering in your home, sign up here to receive a small group guide and extra resources.