This winter break has been marvelous for many reasons, but I think this is one of my favorites:
I’ve been reading. I’ve been staying up ’til the wee hours of the night, submerged in the pages of amazing stories. Cozied up in my bed (one of my favorite places on God’s green Earth), I’ve been struck with awe and wonder, laughter, and awakening. They say you can’t really be a writer unless you read—unless you do your research and exploration—and now I believe it.
I have been so grateful for this opportunity to educate myself on the power of the written word and power of story and faith, which are more often intertwined than not. It’s been inspiring, motivating, and comforting to read account after account of some pretty amazing people rising strong and living lives of faith. Some of my favorites over this break have been Rising Strong and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.
I have always wanted to share my story. Not because it’s spectacular or super cool or better than the next person’s, but exactly for that reason. I am an average person, and that’s what makes sharing it so much more worthwhile. It’s common; it’s relatable. When I read a blog post or a book or an essay in which someone shares their story—the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly—and what they learned from it, I connect with them on such a grand level. I crave that; I crave the honesty and authenticity.
As Shauna Niequist explains in Bittersweet, when we share our stories, we are really sharing God’s story. We are painting a more accurate picture of who He is for others.
Bit by bit, post by post, I hope that I am sharing my story here on Pure Bliss. I hope that I can share the moments and experiences that have shaped me and acknowledge the people that continue to do so. I love being able to write and publish and be honest here. I am oh-so grateful for that. And I am thankful that you’re taking the time to be a part of it, to at least look at what I’m sharing. So thank you—truly. xx