Behind the Scenes – Writer

I am linking up with Crystal Stine this week to share the story behind the photo.  In her words: 
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. 
You too can join in the fun by clicking here! 

The Photo 

I am a writer. 
There, I said it out loud.
I string words together and hope that somewhere in the jumble of letters and syllables there are phrases that speak of a passion for creating art in this very vulnerable way.
It’s taken me a long time to admit that I belong in this world, a long time to admit that what burns in me waits until the day I can put pen to paper or fingers to keys. 
This calling to write can also keep me locked up tight with fear, hoarding words like a miser hoarding his days wages.  I am consistently afraid that these words that clamor for a space on this bright white screen will someday dry up and I’ll be left empty handed and wordless.
Then I am reminded that gifts are meant to be given and passion is meant to be spent. 
So I conjure moments of clarity and write with fire in my bones because this is what I was called to do. 
I am a writer. 

The precious photo in this picture is an image of a print designed by my friend Kathi Denfeld.  It sits to the right of me on my desk: A reminder of the gift that God has given me, the calling from Him that I must answer.   You can read my friend Kathi’s words here. 

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