Enough Grace

This month I’ll be talking a lot about authenticity, moving forward, staying in your lane, holding faith, being real, being authentic, and how there’s more than enough grace.  It’s a 31 Days Of… challenge for me.  Maybe you have one too.  I invite you to join me on the journey.  Kicks off October 1st and runs the entire month.  It will perfectly imperfect, and that’s okay.

Till then, here are thoughts on grace.

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Grace is not something you have to work for. It is a gift. It’s nothing you could have earned. You don’t have to work to keep it. God did ALL the work. What a relief!!!!

If you want to sign up for the Authenticity Challenge, which is part of my 31 Days of.. project, sign up here.  You’ll find encourage to equip you to be more you.

We’re also still doing Real Talk Tuesdays.  This weeks topic is: the truth about imperfection.  Link goes live Tuesday.

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Why Story 101?

bogel art marvia davidsonWhat does one do when her career world falls to pieces and all that’s left is uncertainty?  I had lost a job and needed a creative outlet.  I chose to journal and write about my experience.  The one thing I remember is thinking while unemployed, I want to be in a writing community.  I had never been in one.  I didn’t even know if it would be the right thing for me to do.  I only knew I wanted to be among a community of writers.

After all, what else was I going to do with all the time I have been “gifted,” aside from job searching and networking?  I took a chance on diving into writing community with a course called Story 101 (affiliate link).  My creative life hasn’t been that same since, and it’s one of the best investments I have made.

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Still You Are Here

gentle marvia davidsonSo I’m writing a book, a second memoir of sorts.  It’s been an interesting process and also emotionally exhausting.  I’ve rediscovered and also uncovered new things about life, faith, and pressing in to life.  None of the writing has been easy, but I think it has been worth it to dig in to the whole truth hidden behind doors.  Of course, writing memoir can take a lot of a person.  Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes you come to the page blank.  Words won’t come.  You’re staring at a blank screen.  Nothing is making sense.  I had that moment the other day.

Sure I could have quit, closed shop, threw in the towel, or give n up.  But, I didn’t.  Instead I chose to step away from the writing.  I chose to be gentle with myself.  In my writing process, I often find reprieve by walking; so I went for a walk.  My heart and mind needed to declutter.  Be gentle with yourself. Down a hill and up another, gaining speed, I walked.  When I got near the end of my walk I realized there was another kind of writing I had neglected.  Songwriting.

The memory of who I am and what I am meant to do rose up again, calling me to return.  I trudged up the final hill home, blinking back tears because I knew these words holding tension in my heart were true.  Be gentle with yourself.  I got home and did not return to the book.  Instead, I took out my guitar, tuned the strings, and began to play. Here is the result of that time well spent: the first lines of a song (I haven’t written one in over 5 months, and that’s too long for me).

I haven’t stepped here for so long
In the quiet place
Filling space and time with busyness
I’m out of grace

Still you are here
Still you are calling
Hush now be still
You whisper all my fears away
Here in the sacred place

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 Beloved, what is He calling you to remember?  How has He been whispering to you?  Has He been calling you home to “be”-ing and not doing?  Remember whose you are.  Remember the grace given you.  Remember:

Be gentle with yourself.  For me that gentleness comes from the stillness of moments where I can ponder God and His presence.  What does it look like for you?  Whatever you’re bulldozing through, where do you need to pause or change course.

I leave you with this:: Be gentle with yourself.

You can listen to a rough cut of the song on Soundcloud.

An Unconventional Love Letter {Real Talk Tuesday}

by Jennifer Upton

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” 

dear heart,

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