Storytelling isn’t my strong suit. But I don’t let that keep me from writing. I don’t tend to dwell on the world of fiction and fantasy or creative and imaginative writing. I lean more toward the practical, can-use-it-right-now, nonfiction style of writing. For the month of October, I’m joining in the #Write31Days challenge with hundreds of other writers and creatives.
I find myself wanting to bring you with me to the moments that have mattered, to sense the environment, palpitations, heartaches, joys, scares, unease, upset, giggles, and everything else in between. Writing through it is part of the healing and growing process for me, and I want to share it with you.
I’ve called the series The Lemonade Stories because life is sometimes sour. It will be stories, essays, reflections of sorts, and other creative expressions about what it means to hold faith when life goes wrong or in a direction you’re not expecting. Some ideas may be uplifting while others are witness to the process of wading through the darker or difficult moments of living. Life can be a challenge. It’s not always easy, and this series seeks to explore finding the hope and faith to keep moving forward.
The longer I live, the more I’ve come to realize we only have these right-now moments. We only have now, and so often I have missed living fully in the moment, that I’ve missed the beauty even in the pain or the forgiving ease of laughter. I’ve noticed recently how many of my thoughts begin with “when” moments. They are those moments I’ve had upon walking through the yuck and hard stuff, like when you think you can’t, you can. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When, when, when. So that’s how many of these stories will begin. Maybe you’ve had those moments too. You’re not alone. We’re in this together.
Here’s to taking the sour things of life and reframing them to find the sweetness of faith, hope, and resilience. I hope you’ll join me on this month long journey. You’ll also find me sharing bits and pieces on my Twitter and IG accounts. I’d love to see you here as the series kicks off, October 1st. Scroll down to follow along with each day’s post. You can also subscribe to my blog here.
In the mean time, tell me, how you make life’s lemons into beauty and triumph. Let’s make life sweeter!
Each day of the series I will post the link below. Come along and read.
Day 1 – When life hands you lemons – scroll to top of this page to read.
Day 2 – When the Dreams Fade
Day 3 – When The Only Way Out Is Through
Day 5 – When the Victor Doesn’t Win
Day 8 – When You Engage the Crazy Or Not
Day 9 – When You Are Afraid to Live
Day 10 – When the Prodigals Return Home
Day 11 – When There Is Freedom in the Pain
Day 12 – When Whispers Come in Prayer
Day 14 – When Life Threatens To Overtake You
Day 15 – When the Story Is All Yours to Own
Day 16 – When Grace Wrecks You
Day 17 – When Shame Tries to Catch You
Day 18 – When Nobody Sees Your Work
Day 19 – When You Get Passed Over
Day 20 – When You Choose to Keep Showing Up
Day 21 – When You Don’t Belong
Day 23 – When There Are No More Words
Day 24 – When Stability Is What You Seek
Day 25 – When You Must Look Back on the Past
Day 27 – When God Calls Your Name
Day 28 – When the Truth Is Hard
Day 29 – When Fun Is Revival
Day 30 – When You Are Gifted Time
Day 31 – When the Process Opens Your Heart