I have invited a guest writer to my blog and although she will introduce herself in the coming days and weeks and she shares her story and her heart, I would like to take a moment to say a few words about her and to welcome her to Tears in A Bottle.
A few years ago when my life seemed to unravel I often thought; “I’m so alone! No one else gets it!”
And then God brought Cynthia into my life!! And though our stories may be different there is a common thread that runs through them.
Cynthia is a talented writer, a wife and mom and a dear friend. She sees, not only with her eyes, but with heart and spirit.
She writes about the invisible grit, the soul parts that we feel but can’t see. And she does so with gracefulness, honesty, and whispered words of faith.
She is a gift to me.
Cynthia’s honesty challenges me. Truly. And yet, her honesty shows me grace, not shame.
I am grateful for that about her. Over the last couple of years as I’ve come to know Cynthia and have read what she writes, I kept thinking; “this has got to be shared!”
And so from time to time I would mention this blog and ask if she would consider writing and sharing her story here…..because I know there are many who need her words of encouragement, life and yes, even challenge.
It’s a scary thing to write on a blog, but she was willing to listen to God’s voice…and in His timing move forward in faithful obedience…knowing He’s right there beside her.
Really, for all of us, whether it is with a pencil or a paintbrush or a mixing bowl or a microphone or a dust cloth, an empty page, a blank canvas or a sheet of music.
They are tools….and we are called create.
Friends, for each of us, it’s time to peel back the layers, remove the veil and find the art – the gifts – deep within. Uncover them. Dust them off. They are yours. Unique to you.
And like Cynthia, in His timing, we use them. I encourage each of you, use your gifts to influence those around you. This is your art.
You will find that Cynthia writes with feeling, depth and truth. You will see glimpses of her heart through her words, her writing is her art.
I hope that you will welcome Cynthia and read her words and hear her heart, because through them God will impact your life.
Thank you Cynthia for saying “Yes” to the invitation to share your heart.
Thank you for your obedience Cynthia and the legacy you’re leaving. Thank you for sharing with us your art.