When the Process Opens Your Heart {31 Days}

I began my Write 31 Days challenge with the reason why I was writing. The Lemonade Stories has been stretching time of writing. While most of my posts where simple titles waiting to be expanded, that is not how most of the writing actually happened. Most of the time, the writing was based on how I processed life – its ups and downs. The Lemonade Stories have been about faith and hope, discovery and renewal, as well as heartache and healing. When the process opens your heart, you find how much you grown and how much you’ve traveled through adversity to victory.When I began the series, I wasn’t sure if I would have enough to write about. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to write about the harder things that wrench the soul. I didn’t know if I would finish all 31 days. I thought I’d have to withstand a lot of emotional turmoil (writing from deep places can do that to a person). I made it, and I learned more things about myself, life, and who God is and who He is in my right-now life. Honestly, I felt like I was preaching to myself most of the time – not in condemnation, but in remembrance.

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Art work by Marvia Davidson

I wanted to remember all the ways God brought me through the highs and lows. I wanted to ponder how God held me together when I thought I’d fall apart. I needed to raise an Ebenezer, a memorial to remind my soul of God’s unending faithfulness.

Here is what I have learned so far:

  • God will always be faithful to us even when we lack faith. He is still faithful.
  • I am loved without condition.
  • God does not get mad at me when I make mistakes. He gives me grace to overcome.
  • I can practice compassion toward myself and others.
  • Writing is a way to process and document all the ways we grow.
  • Writing is also a way to tell the ways we have suffered and overcome.
  • Sometimes our writing will take us in a direction we didn’t plan.
  • Holding faith and trusting God takes on many forms as we live our ordinary, everyday mundane.
  • I can be more creative when I relax my expectations for perfection.
  • Sometimes we birth beautiful dreams when we keep showing up on a daily basis.
  • I am not too much.
  • Life will probably always have sour and sweet. No matter what, God will keep me.

 

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I’m sure there will be many more moments of finding the positive among the negative. I have more stories to tell and more triumphs to unearth. While today is the last day of the challenge, it’s not the end of me documenting the ways I have found hope, faith, and even clearer purpose in life. Sometimes, I think a project will only be for a little while, but this series has opened my eyes to continue to see things differently. Processing life looks different for each one of us. I am finding different ways to see how I have grown through this writing challenge. That’s a good thing, and so I’m thinking of expanding the series to be a regular part of my writing and blog.

Doing this challenge encourages me to continue to explore those moments in time when I am caught between hindsight and the not knowing. I want to excavate the moments of revelation that come when I thought I wouldn’t make or when life took a different turn than what I planned. I want to keep documenting life’s ups and downs, the expected and unexpected, the rise of hope in difficult moments, and holding on to faith through it all. When the process opens your heart, you find an inner strength to keep moving forward.

Here’s to leaning into the life of faith and fleshing it out in the everyday moments. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I appreciate each one of you who’ve read!

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This is my final post is for my 31 Days of Writing challenge – The Lemonade Stories. There will always be stories to tell and moments of when.

It’s about taking the sour things of life and reframing them to find the sweetness of faith, hope, and resilience. I want to thank each of you who joined me on this month-long journey. You’ll also find me sharing more stories, and you can also subscribe to my blog/newsletter here.

 


2 thoughts on “When the Process Opens Your Heart {31 Days}”

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    Anita Mathias on November 8, 2015 Reply

    I loved your day 2 post re. dreams. When dreams don’t come true, it’s one of the most painful things, and I have lived with an unfufllled dream all my adult life, and may live with it all my life.
    Character is formed though in the land of unfulfilled dreams, and a love of God even when He does not make our dreams come through, and deeper, grittier discipleship than if He did make all our dreams come true.
    Blessings, Marvia!

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      Marvia on November 20, 2015 Reply

      Thank you for reading. Grittier is so true. We persevere and overcome as we lean more upon Him.

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