“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.