In the month of October, I am participating in the 31 Days of Writing challenge.
I want to settle in to what it means to be called, to be the beloved, to be a daughter, to be accepted, to be chosen, to be of faith, to be loved, to be forgiven, to be whole, to be authentic, and to belong. What does it mean when all of those things collide? A beautiful mess? Filthy ashes? A phoenix rising? I want to know. Life is too short not to explore and excavate the depths of who we can become. Follow along at my blog: marviadavidson.com
You’ll also find some of my very dear writing friends participating in the challenge too. Their words are passion, restoration, love, writing, gentleness, fire, hope, renewal, grace, wisdom, and peace.
31 Days of Drawing Fresh Life from Scriptures Root Words (dive into the bible)
31 Days of Authenticity with Dana Butler (real talk about authenticity)
31 Days of Movement with Suzanne Terry (getting fit and healthy)
31 Days of Hope for a Messed Up Marriage with Ciaobhe (relationships)
31 Days of Stability with Jamie Bagley (living a present life)
31 Days of Walking Brave with Caris Adel (real talk about bravery)
31 Days of Gentleness for the Rest of Us with Em (bible and gentleness studies)
31 Days of Excavating Faith with Marvia (knowing who you are)
Shoot Like a Girl 31 Days with Ronne Rock (daily photography)
31 Days of Fragment Faith (Statements on faith with Hope)
31 Days of Soul Tending with Chrystal Southwell (health for the soul)
31 Day of Love and Making it with Nicole (loving ourselves and our bodies)
31 Days of Grounding with Lisha (remember who and Whose you are
31 Days of Faith and Mental Health with Bethany (faith and heart/head health)
Story Sessions is a writing community I joined last year. It’s a community of women who write, dream, create, and encourage one another. A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed on how Real Talk Tuesday came to be.
I didn’t intend to start Real Talk Tuesday. It was one of those things that just happened (though I think something like it was always rumbling around in my heart). It was an offshoot of where I wanted to take my own writing, but I wanted to do it in community. A few months ago I took part of a healing support group called Mending the Soul. It’s changed my life (keeps changing my life), my perspective, and how I see authenticity and living out truth. It was all about dealing with hard truths about one’s self and its impact on how we relate to people and issues in our lives. It’s more than that, but that was the impetus toward healing and restoration.
by Jennifer Upton
If kindness is currency for the heart, then love letters are gold for the soul. In this week’s Real Talk Tuesday Link Up our theme is #LoveLetters. My love letter is a bit unconventional, however, it is a letter of hope, of restoration, of truth, of healing, and of love for the here and now.
“If i like a moment, i don’t like to have the distraction, so i stay in it”
in mending the soul, we learn to face the truth about our abuse. it is hard. life sucks. brokenness. pain, violence, and not having a voice all suck. just being real here, but when you’ve suffered abuse of any kind, that last thing you naturally want to do is face the dissonance of truth. even if that truth will set you free. there is a chord within that finds the entire process counter intuitive. Continue reading
Find goodness in the everyday mundane. I think this where some of the best inspiration comes from – those unsung moments. You know the ones. They take you by surprise. They offer unexpected hope. They breathe into you and cause you to inhale a deep, cleansing breath. Sometimes we don’t have to look for the goodness. It just shows up. A sparkle of joy shines like a diamond in the rough of the day.
I found such beauty in the ordinary, everyday, mundane yesterday. It was a black wall, beginning to blossom with words of life, courage, and empowerment. A co-worker came and hustled three of us outside. She was so excited.
“I want you guys to come see something. It will inspire you. It will only take 5 minutes.”