1. "We're free to chase God-given desires with reckless abandon, because when we fall, it is into the Arms of Grace." I love this sentence, this truth. It was something I needed to hear, especially after feeling like I have failed at pursuing a good desire with abandonment. Thank you!

  2. Tereasa, He is so amazing! He defies all human logic and is all the more praiseworthy for it.

    And thanks to you anonymous commenters for being here, as well. I can't tell you how I love to hear from you!

  3. Rachel- Thank you for writing at your blog…I agree you are a writer…I hear your voice through your words, which is a gift and a crafted skill…keep writing…be strong and courageous…your words are a clarion call to me to keep at it…for myself, for God, for whoever might stop by and be encouraged to keep living, to keep writing, to keep dreaming…have you heard of Jumping Tandem:The Retreat? http://jumpingtandem-ne.com/

    It's a retreat designed for writers, dreamers, artists, bloggers, etc…

  4. Amber V.

    I read this holding my breath… it was so vivid, so real to me… you spoke right to my heart. I needed this… this all is so much bigger than me. Powerful reminder at just the right time… I know that He is transforming me in my waiting but it's the imagery that I need sometimes to pull it all together… He makes all things new. Thank you.

  5. Wow – a lot of good stuff in your blog post! I liked when you said, "We're free to chase God-given desires with reckless abandon, because when we fall, it is into the Arms of Grace."

    Love it!

  6. I couldn't have needed this more today! A publisher recently contacted me to write a book. It's been two weeks and I still have that deer in the headlights look. Thank you for your encouragement and I believe that you are a terrific writer!

  7. 'cynicism masquerades as strength' – wise words. I so often fall into this category, and even convince myself I'm strong, when actually I'm just fearing the rejection. At the moment I'm also battling the 'I could never get a book published' demons…

    Thanks for this! Coming via Joy in this journey

  8. Kel, yes I really want to go on that retreat!!! It's the plane ticket to Nebraska that has me scratching my head and looking at the budget wondering if we can make it work. But it sounds AMAZING!

    "MrsAshley"… where can we read your writing!? I'm so excited for you that a publisher approached you! Tanya Marlow and I want to know how that came about. 🙂

  9. I think this is so true! If I succeeded at everything, and never had those bumps in the road, I would be so ungrateful and of poor character. God has used those things to bring me humbly to Him, allowing Him to mold me into something much more useful and beautiful.

  10. Dearest! You are a writer! And you need to write that book. Whatever is on your heart! Write it!

    This post is so good! It's exactly what my heart, mind and soul needed today.

    You have these certain lines that are just piercing with conviction and clarity! I can't get enough of it!

    This one in particular is my favorite "The road to mediocrity is just as treacherous as the roads to either success or failure."

    And be assured I am writing them down 🙂 because I love filling my home with words that stir passion.

    You are just a breath of fresh air.

  11. Say it with me: "I am a writer."

    You are. If you write, you are a writer.

    This post gets at something I have to remind myself of over and over – control is an illusion. I don't have control, whether I take risks or play it safe.

    So glad you linked up to Life:Unmasked!

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