It’s February, 1962. As a 14-year-old girl, I sat on the floor in front of the cast iron wood stove inside our unpainted, mostly unheated cabin in the woods near Noel, Missouri. As I put the kindling in the stove, I stirred the coals and watched the flame ignite. Looking deep within the fire, I vowed then and there that “I will rise up from whence I came.”
Not knowing exactly what that would entail, change came at lightning speed! Less than six weeks later, I became a Christian and was asked a couple of weeks later by the minister who baptized me, Fred Webb of Grove, Oklahoma who now lives in Hatley, if I would like to go to a Christian orphanage near Tulsa, Oklahoma. He assured me that I would have immaculate surroundings and plenty of food and clothing and that I would be sent to school.
Having gone to bed hungry for years, after and even before our father died in 1958, I grabbed the brass ring, and my sister and I went into the orphanage.
And it changed both of our lives forever!
It wasn’t easy, but I knew that God had a plan in it for me! Now at 72, I know “life is difficult” as the famed author M. Scott Peck said it was, but it has been worthwhile! God has always taken care of me and has always provided sometimes even more than I need.
Life isn’t easy in our world, though it never has been I suppose. God always provides for me, sometimes coming to me in the form of “Better Angels” who sense what I need before I ask.
I will encourage you to pour your own thoughts out upon the page and do it and do it until it becomes a habit, because writing can be one of the greatest forms of creative therapy there is. Not only is writing very therapeutic, it is the only way I know to leave your own story, as well as a legacy, for your family to have for generations to come.
If we don’t tell our stories in our words, they will never be told. The motivational speaker Tony Robbin said, “a life worth living is worth recording.”
I treasure the family stories I’ve found within my old trunk because these stories have helped me to make some sense of my life.
Not only will you be your own therapist but you may be providing the rope that others need to survive as they reach out through the pen upon the page.
And remember that it all works out and that we do get what we say, and we should begin immediately thanking Him in advance for what He is about to give us because it works that way.
It is all good, and we get what we say!
I know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He always gets me to the right place at the right time.