Greetings from Ohio, USA! I don’t know how winter fared in your region, but it was a pretty mild season in our neck of the woods. My mom, in Upstate NY, saw tulips coming up. I have a feeling those flowers will see some snow still, but overall, I can’t complain how the first few months have been.
This is my birthday month, and with where I live and the time of year, I never know if I’ll be celebrating with shorts on, or snow boots. I’ve seen it all. In fact, my literal birthday was on a Good Friday with tornado warnings. My mom said that spoke volumes. LOL
Not only am I celebrating a birthday, but it’s a milestone. 50. I have no idea where the years went. There are days I feel like I just graduated college, but that was in 1992. I’ve been a bit nostalgic, and even when working, I was thinking about my life so far and how God weaves things together. Like a quilt, the backend might look crazy, but the final project is beautiful and makes perfect sense.
What got me thinking was doing some marketing work for my books, older and newer releases. I don’t pay a lot of attention to reviews because man’s opinion used to be a real stumbling block to me. I absolutely appreciate reviews and need them, but overall I’m not an author constantly checking. I do use them for marketing purposes, and I read a few that made me smile.
“Draws the readers in with realistic characters and situations.”
Thing is, as a child, those were things I was teased about. Growing up the feedback I received was I asked a lot of questions. Had a lot of stories. Had a big imagination. Couldn’t just give a straight answer, but had to share every last bit. That I had a flair for the dramatic.
I used to beat myself up wishing I were more normal. My friends didn’t walk into a football game and start conjuring up scenarios and conflicts. They didn’t watch the news and take a story and find ways to make that story keep going. No one else on the bus was handing out daily copies of a story starring pretty much everyone on the bus.
Today? I’m so glad God made me with the personality that asked questions. Dreamed up scenarios. Wrote those little stories. My writing life is all about taking those little stories and encouraging others. Praying their lives are transformed by Christ because of something they read. Sure, I still can’t give a straight answer. I remain a tad dramatic. Where my anyone else sees two dog walkers on the same street every day I pick my daughter up from school, I imagine a couple falling in love and contemplate their dog walking story in my head.
If there’s something that others teased you about or maybe even got you in trouble (I was sent to the assistant principal’s office for reading ahead,) turn the fabric of your life around and ask God how He can use you. He has an amazing plan for your life, no matter what your age!
Was there something in your personality that you struggled with that God has used? Did you talk too much? Spent too much time reading instead of socializing? I’d love to hear your memories and testimonies. One random commenter will be chosen to receive Match Made in Heaven. US winner can choose print or eBook. International winner will receive eBook.
Have a great March, rain, sun, or snow!