“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
A Blog? Seriously, Lord?
Hello, my name is April James. I did not grow up with aspirations of being a writer, certainly not writing anything that pertained to me or how I felt, what I thought, what I did, or my life experiences. Actually, I did not even like English in school, and detested trying to figure out sentence structure. I still struggle with adjectives, pronouns, punctuation, grammar and the like today.
But, in seventh grade, my English teacher offered extra credits to students who would journal. I wanted the credit, so I wrote a little each day. Admittedly, it was mostly fabrications, but it worked. Oh my, did I just confess a lifelong secret? I hope Mr. Tyler won’t go back and change my grade after all these decades!
Now, before you start making assumptions here – please allow a little grace; I was not a follower of Jesus Christ at the time, and as I alluded earlier, I didn’t want anything about myself known, even for a better grade. However, that would change the end of 2011.
I accepted the Lord in high school, yet remained bound by many fears, and emotional wounds. In the Fall of 2011, the Lord began doing a miraculous emotional healing in my life. He removed all the guilt, shame, and self-condemnation I had been carrying. During this time I began to journal, and unlike in the seventh grade, it was with emotions naked and raw. What I felt, thought, things from the past I had never spoken of or put into writing, and the changes taking place in me as the Lord walked me through the healing process.
The writing began December 07, 2011, at 1:30 AM, with the poem, New Life. New Life was the first writing expressing my emotions and thoughts. My writing started with poetry, expanded into devotionals, inspirational articles and other miscellaneous writings, sharing both from my heart and what I felt the Holy Spirit was giving to me. Much credit is given to a couple of close friends, who encouraged me to share my story and writings. Everyone should have such wonderful friends.
A Blog? Seriously, Lord?
I can’t say a blog was originally my thought. I laughed when anyone suggested it, and I ignored a prompting from within for some time. But, here I am today starting a blog; I am not certain just where it will go, but I hope it blesses and encourages the lives of those who read it.
If there is one thing I am certain of: God does work all things out for the good of those who love Him, He can turn tragedy into triumph and misery into ministry.
For those who like disclaimers, mine would be: If you are looking to read postings with perfect grammar, punctuation and syntax – this is not it. I’m an imperfect girl in love with a perfect God. My desire is to share the perfect One, not point to how good I am (or am not). I hope in grace you can look past the flaws to see and hear Him.
Good morning, Sister April!
I have been reading your messages in the Ambassador for a couple of years, and had the privilege of meeting you at a Gold Sox Faith night.
I usually send my “thank you” notes via Seth’s page; this one I needed to send directly to you!
The March 2019 message spoke to me right where I am in life at this precise moment. I have some decisions and moves to make and is often the case with your messages, they remind me of His precious promises for all of us! You heard my selftalk “what if I fail?” Moses and I doubting what God can do through us, silly men!
Thank you for the reminder that God is with me (Mt 28:20; Jos 1:8,9), for encouraging me to step out in faith, that no matter the outcome, He is on my side, and loves me more than I can ever know on this side of glory!
I pray for your continued growth and His blessings for you and the ministry He has bless you with for us to share the benefit .
God bless you more and more, my precious Sister!!
Thank you for taking the time to send me the precious note, it encourages me. I am glad to know you find the articles encouraging. It is always my prayer that the Lord will use them to speak or touch someone.
May the Lord bless and prosper your faith steps and all you set your hand to. I pray the Lord encourages you in heart, lifts your spirit, strengthens your resolve to follow, and fills you with peace in the way you are to go.