Don’t examine whether your voice is worthy. Give it freedom out of your heart and you’ll be true to who God’s made you.
I love my digital camera.
It has revolutionized my life.
I am no longer limited to 12, 24, or 36 exposure rolls.
I can capture the moment with as many rapid fire clicks as I want — while laughing, gulping back tears, or half-falling off my bike pedaling.
I don’t have to worry. I’m sure to find one or two good pictures out of the gazillion shot.
The best ones are the unplanned moments.
Candid. Surprising. Real.
Because of faith, finding my voice has taken me on the same journey.
This journey is called freedom.
This journey is all about faith.
Keeping Me Silent
The hardest part of writing is sitting down, to just start writing. Whenever I do, competing voices often love to keep me silent.
You’re too sentimental.
You’re too serious.
Critical voices. Opposite views of how I sound, leaving me no room to speak.
Written out, they blink harmless on the screen.
If these are the only voices I listen to, they put a lid on my heart.
They cause me to hide.
Baring Your Soul
Writing is like life.
We all want to find our voice.
If you’re on the journey to self-expression — whether it be through weaving words together, knitting new friendships, embarking on new opportunities or walking through a season of loneliness or grief — I want to encourage you.
Give voice to who God has made you.
Whatever season in life you’re entering into, God is speaking through your story.
Jesus wants us to be free from the voice of critics.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus wants us to hear His voice.
“The sheep follow him because they know his voice.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:4,11
When Jesus tells us He lays down His life, He uses the Greek word “psyche” — translated soul.
Jesus bared His soul for us.
We can do the same for Him, giving voice to our likes and dislikes. Even in our frailties and our greatest fears about our dreams.
When we tune into what God has to say about our voice, our soul is free to speak.
It’s our natural human response to hide when we want to protect ourselves from criticism or comparison.
Jesus invites us to do otherwise. Jesus whispers —
You are safe because you belong to me.
God wants us free to live snapshots of life — in season and out of season.
As we do, we leave a trail of our true selves, pieces that reflect our days of stress, as well as days of sunshine.
The parts of us we try to hide — and the ones we like to present — all make up our whole.
Don’t throw away the parts of yourself that don’t appear to carry much use.
Think of your writing — your living — as snapshots of the real you, which includes times of low tides as well as waves that climb so high, you can’t contain the crash of inspiration and words.
Writing — or any self-expression in the moment or upon reflection — produces a beautiful set of exposures when developed by faith.
In God’s eyes, the pictures of our lives capture beauty, like the trajectory of the sun rising up to meet the dawn and it’s descent into the night, making use of every shade of thought and emotion.
Step out and keep living your story.
Something beautiful is emerging.
“I care very little if I am judged by you or any human court;
indeed I do not even judge myself.
My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.
It is the Lord who judges me.”
~ The Apostle Paul, 1 Cor. 4:3-4
How is God encouraging you to give voice to your soul, on your journey of faith?
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By Bonnie Gray, The Faith Barista serving up shots of faith for everyday life.
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