Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My Own Story and the Twists and Turns it Took - Velvet Ashes

Quick Link: My Own Story and the Twists and Turns It Took {Velvet Ashes} 

Today I'm writing at Velvet Ashes about what happened to my dreams of writing songs and poetry when God called me to ministry overseas.   (If you are looking for the new Mark post, they'll pick back up next week.)


Here's an excerpt:
 
"My five year old hands lovingly stapled construction paper together, then drew pictures and wrote the story out on each page in crayon.  I proudly printed the title and my name on the front cover, then brought it to my mom.

She took it in her hands and read out loud, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears, by Michele Linihan."  I waited expectantly as she turned the pages of my precious book.  Finally she set it down and said, "This is very nice work, but it isn't yours.  You can't write someone else's story.  You have to write your own story."

When I was nine, I sent my own stories to Random House Publishers. (I received a very kind, encouraging rejection letter.)  I wrote songs that became instruments of torture to my family (not my intention).  By my teens I wrote VERY introspective poetry, sometimes with God at the center, but mostly - all about me.

In college I learned to have a quiet time and to journal - my songs and poems became more God-focused.  But even whey they were about God, they were still about me.

I daydreamed.  I pictured myself on stage, singing the final song of my concert.  Everyone would be weeping.

I loved writing.

But I had had other daydreams.  

When I was eleven I would mow the lawn and make up stories about serving God in Russia.  I tried to forget those "childish" dreams - but God did not forget..." 
        
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2 comments:

  1. Michele, I love your article. It is insightful, real, and telling. I see the progression of yor life in this. Thanks, sweet neice, for sharing your Lord so beautifully both in your songs and in your writing. Loving you, Aunt Gloria

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    1. Thank you, Aunt Gloria! And thank you for the role you and Uncle Buster have played in my journey with the Lord. You guys are one of the many reasons that there are songs to write and a new song to sing - I love you, too!

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