Beauty from the ashes. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this in the Old Testament of the bible, and it still rings true today. There have been many times in my life when I thought I was done, out, down for the count, or disqualified. It’s a good thing I am not the sole judge over my life or the potential rumbling and bumbling within my soul.
These last few months have been arduous, frustrating, difficult, and mind-boggling. At the same time, I have found a beautiful grace that I cannot account for other than it has been the hand of God moving in the midst of a messy life. Enter writing, loss, meeting BrandyGlows, Wild Goslings, and doing more than I could have thought or imagined.
I want to tell you why I am excited about the upcoming book: Wild Goslings: Engaging with Kids in the Mystery of God.
It has provided an opportunity to hear and hone voice. It has allowed me to dream bigger dreams. Writing has taken me on a discovery journey in which I have seen evidence of beauty in the ash-heap-rubble of loss. There is good happening, and it continues to happen. I joined Brandy Walker on this journey of helping youth discover the mysteries of God, and it’s been amazing. Why? Because I am rediscovery the mystery of what it means to be about God’s business, to discover that good things He has for us, and to walk in the calling He’s designed for us.
When I said I wanted to contribute to Wild Goslings: Engaging With Kids in the Mystery of God, I had no idea what I would write about. I immediately felt overwhelmed, out of my league, and as though I had made a mistake. But … isn’t that how it is when we first begin realizing the unveiling of long-desired dreams? It sneaks up on us, and we almost don’t recognize it. Our excitement peaks and fear rears its ugly head, but I soon found that my fears were unfounded.
As I brainstormed with Brandy, I quickly saw how my voice, my writing, and my experience matter to this project. While I do not have children of my own, I have worked with them for my entire career as an English teacher. One of my goals was to empower them. Being a part of Wild Goslings has allowed me to use words to empower youth. I love this! I am doing for myself what I have taught my students to do – dream big, live big, and leave a positive mark on this world in a way that is a unique expression of their creative design.
This is a Voice we must help our children (young or old) decipher, hear and follow. No two children are alike. I am excited about Wild Goslings because it is all about helping our children discover God, the mysteries of Him, divine purpose and being, and living out their lives in ways that honor the Creator. Such writing projects didn’t really exist when I was growing up, but I thank God for a praying mother who always wanted us to discover and be who we were made to be. This is the essence of Wild Goslings, and I am so honored to be a part of it.
You may think your life has been ashes, but there is a hope and a beauty just for you. It is a timeless message – know thyself, and we can instill this in our children now instead of watching them trip around half their lives trying to find their “it.”
For all of you who think you’ve missed your chance – it’s NOT too late. Your life still matters, has purpose, has meaning, and can be impactful. I’m inviting YOU! Whether you’re a teacher, business person, entrepreneur, grandparent, guardian, aunt, uncle, mother, father, sister, brother, children’s minister, lover of children, or foster parent – Wild Goslings is for you. And maybe … just maybe as you engage and lead the youth in your life, you’ll rediscover treasures you thought were lost.
Come see the video on what Wild Goslings is all about – making its debut July 15, 2013, visit the Wild Goslings website, or find it on Facebook too. Together, we can inspire imagination, creative being, and see beauty rise from the ashes.