It’s the 1st Birthday for Finding Spiritual Whitespace Book Release!
To celebrate, I’m giving away *ALL three* of my favorite things: soul beautiful gifts from DaySpring’s new Friendship on Purpose Collection.
Be sure to read all the way through and enter!
I wrote my final blog post — to tell you why I would probably never write again. Three years ago.
The act of writing my first book ignited painful childhood memories to become live events. I began re-living them. Stories I had buried in the deepest part of my soul.
I spent my days in bed, unable to breathe, or find any rest. I was debilitated by insomnia and an anxiety that would not let me go.
I didn’t think you would stay around any longer here at Faith Barista.
But, a funny thing happened. Something so shocking, it shook the very foundations of my heart and my head — and everything I ever thought was true.
You did the opposite. You didn’t leave.
I hiked to a spot on my favorite Redwood tree forest to share heart-felt words of thank you and reflection for this first year’s book release.
The Shape of My Soul
You didn’t judge me. You didn’t give me advice on how to have more faith or how I wasn’t praying hard enough.
What you gave me was so incredible, it changed the shape of my soul.
You heard me. You accepted me as kindred. By sharing your stories. You gave honor to my pain. By offering me your quiet company.
I could only write once a month. I thought my blog would die, because who blogs just once a month? But, my blog didn’t die. You stayed with me. One post at a time.
You kept reading. You cried with me. Hoped and prayed with me. And I learned three things God knew I could never learn on my own.
3 Things From You
I learn these 3 things from you:
1) My need for kindness and comfort isn’t weakness or shameful, but a blessing that brings you close to me. Not everyone leaves.
People always left. I spent so much of my childhood in memories of aloneness. I got used to it.
But, Jesus knew the time had come for me to know that not everyone leaves. That there is compassion, kindness, goodness and comfort. Not just in Him. But, in those who are loved by Him too. I continued writing, knowing I wasn’t alone. You became Christ to me. A friend of my soul.
2) Sharing my fears rather than hiding them gives me courage to follow Jesus, if I’m known and accepted. As I am.
You gave me courage to let go of that book I couldn’t write, so I could follow Jesus and discover a new way of living: known and beloved.
I didn’t know where investigating my brokenness would lead me. I was terrified. But it was on my journey healing, writing here with you that I experienced this truth: being known is more powerful than accomplishing a goal.
As I began to write with my whole heart instead producing words with my head, my heart was set free to speak in my full voice.
I began to write each chapter as a letter, confiding to you. Without you, there would be no book. That’s how I was able to write. By entrusting my heart to you here at Faith Barista, with Jesus together.
And a book was birthed.
One year ago — last year, on June 3, 2014 — I published my first book. Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest.
3) I need kindreds for this journey of faith and I don’t have to do it alone.
“Two are better than one...For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.” Ecclesiates 4:9
Today, I want to celebrate the one year birthday of Finding Spiritual Whitespace with you.
Because even after the book was written, the job of bearing this child was not done. A book can die after it’s been given birth in the publishing industry — if no one reads it or if no one hears about it.
I was prepared for the worst. I was used to seeing my dreams die.
You changed all that. You did what I could not do.
You gave this book wings to fly.
From the Bottom of My Heart
You gave this book a path — by making space for it in your hearts, your stories. You introduced it into the hands of friends, family – girlfriends, mothers, sisters — and even strangers you would meet.
Today, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You’ve given time and expense to buy and read my book.
Thank you for blogging about my book, sharing it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Thank you for writing a review on Amazon or any of the book media outlets.
Thank you for your emails and comments — especially when I could not reply. You have no idea how each of your words carried me through.
Did you know that this was a grassroots effort? You helped this book become named by Crosswalk.com as one of the Best Books for Christian Women in 2014.
You have changed a life — mine. And my family, my children, and the people who I meet as I go and speak — are all blessed by the generosity of your heart.
Who am I? A little girl who never knew she had a voice. That’s all changed now.
You’ve given her a voice. By calling her kindred and friend.
What are 3 things you’ve been learning on your journey of faith?
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1st Year Book Birthday Giveaway!
Friendship On Purpose
I have a special birthday gift giveaway to celebrate Finding Spiritual Whitespace‘s One Year Birthday. I’m giving away *ALL 3* of my newest favorite things — from DaySpring’s Friendship on Purpose Collection.
fashionABLE Seafoam Scarf
– to feel as loved as you truly are! my favorite color, tied with pink.
(it’s the font of the book title!)
God’s Grace – Teacup and Saucer Set
– for a soulful moments of Spiritual Whitespace
– because life is sweet as God’s beloved.
Enter by Tuesday June 9, 2015. For your entries to be valid, you must first share a comment below. Each of the additional steps counts as an additional entry for the giveaway! There are so many fun ways that you could win all of these soul-filling goodies. I hope you win! Thanks for helping celebrate FSW’s first birthday! (One winner will randomly selected. U.S. residents only.)
1) Share a comment.
2) Link up a blog post in Beloved Brews at the bottom of today’s post.
3) Post your book review of Finding Spiritual Whitespace on Amazon and leave a comment letting me know.
4) Share a photo of the book Finding Spiritual Whitespace on Instagram using hashtag #SpiritualWhitespace. Leave a comment letting me know.
5) Share a photo of what brings you rest or beauty on Instagram using hashtag #SpiritualWhitespace. Leave a comment letting me know.
Beloved Brews Spotlights
Every week, I’ll spotlight a tagged #SpiritualWhitespace image from Instagram (like the beautiful one to the right) or blogger in our Beloved Brews Community. To be considered as a spotlight blogger, please kindly be sure to use the Beloved Brew badge or link back to Faith Barista in your post. Kindreds, I can’t wait to see your photos & read the stories you live. Thank you for sharing your voice.
Lisa Notes rewrites Psalm 23 in her own words:
“I have a guide—I don’t walk alone. He not only knows my needs, he fills them. He knows when I need rest…he gently pulls me aside to quiet, lush places, and watches over me while I sleep. He fills my time with restorative things that heal my soul. He knows when I’m tempted to walk away from his best, and calls to me from behind and before to follow him instead.”
Beloved Brews Link Up
Whole-hearted Writing. You & Jesus.
Welcome to our Beloved Brews weekly link-up! Pour out a little love with your words every Thursday (publish any day. link-up on Thursdays). Simply write a blog post about what God’s sharing with your heart this week and then share it here. Don’t have a blog? Just share a comment. Visit thebonniegray.com to read the comments & share your voice too.
Today’s writing prompt: (what is God sharing with your heart) or (3 things you’ve learned)
Next week’s 6/11 writing prompt: (what is God sharing with your heart) or (how do you overcome feelings of guilt)
Please use the Beloved Brews button in your blog post so we’ll know you’re in our community & others can join (use this html code here). When you link up your post, read & leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up just before yours. Thanks, kindreds!
Share photos that touch your heart with God’s beauty and rest using #spiritualwhitespace on Instagram. It’ll be fun to see your pics!
May the writing prompt bring you to a quiet place in your soul as you share your voice. Click here for details.