Christ as my Anchor

I used to be about as flexible as a rock, and I didn’t like change. I thrive from knowing that all of my ducks are in a row, and I tend to gravitate more toward routine than spontaneity. I like to know what to expect, and not knowing makes me a little anxious. You’ll find me asking lots of questions leading up to an anticipated event; the more information I have, the better! And I typically dream about that event the night before; it’s a true story, and it’s so, so weird.

Then I became a young adult, and if I could give the next generation a crash course on young adulthood, I would want to equip them to embrace change and remain moldable. At a quarter of a century old, I can say that change and flexibility have been two of the most well meaning teachers I’ve attempted to keep at arms length in years past, but just as Much-Afraid came to learn that Sorrow and Suffering were designated as her companions not to hinder her but to help her get to where she was going (Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard), I came to see change and flexibility less like quicksand and more like launching pads. The more I embraced changed, the more available I became for the Lord to show me where and what kind of change needed to occur in any given situation. That’s where this blog post comes in!

Last December (2017) I made a list of goals I would like to work toward in 2018, or two-thousand-greateen as I call it. One of those goals was to invest more time into my blog, be it through writing or looking for opportunities to give it a fresh and updated look. I had a list of exciting subgoals under this goal, and writing them down brought me so much joy and excitement! I admittedly lost sight of this goal pretty early into the year; I got caught up in the busyness of life and began to reason myself out of creating a new direction for my blog to go in. I was sitting at my desk at work listening to Jeff & Alyssa Bethke’s Love That Lasts podcast when my slumbering writing goals were reawakened. Alyssa was hosting a podcast episode about Women & Creativity with the help of four of her close friends. They shared about the importance of having a creative outlet without falling trap to perfectionism and comparison. It was evident that these women were sharing from their hearts and experiences. Their honesty was unhindered, and they laid their thoughts and struggles out on the table and invited each other to come in with wisdom and encouragement, replacing any lies and doubts with the truth. Through their vulnerability I realized that I was holding back on nurturing my passion for writing. This was not a goal/subgoal thing, this was a living out my purpose and freely walking in my gifting thing! In that moment, I knew that something needed to change.

And so, here we are. The fact that you are viewing this post and all of my former posts on WordPress and not BlogSpot is proof that I’ve accomplished one of my first writing goals! I am so excited to see what comes out nurturing my passion for writing, and I’d like to encourage you to pursue the creative outlet that you are skilled in or desire to learn more about. Give yourself permission to be imperfect and simply enjoy the freedom that comes with learning more about yourself or a certain skillset; and don’t limit creativity to what you see on Pinterest. Alyssa and her friends were so right in saying that everyone in this world is creative! Writers, engineers, and crafters alike! If you’d like to listen to the podcast episode that inspired the reawakening of my writing goals, you can  check it out on The Real Life Podcast with Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke. Enjoy!

Christ as my Anchor

Joshalyn McHargue

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