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Change. I suspect that while most of us internally long for change, none of us really like the process. The truth is, change is painful. The last few years of my journey have been painful and tumultuous for me personally, my family, and the church to which God has called me. In the midst of tragedy and upheaval, I’ve shared my experience with family, friends, counselors, and peers. I’ve even shared in the safety of the pulpit of a community who extends so much grace to me. The brokenness of my life, my family, and Nature Coast Church is a gift of God. God is in the business of turning ashes into beauty--of making the ugly beautiful. That’s why He calls His gospel Good News. The Good News of the finished work of Christ has changed, and is changing me, my family, and Nature Coast Church. 

My friends, peers, and the leadership of Nature Coast church have been asking me to consider sharing the good news I’ve been experiencing in written words. Writing is a change I’ve been resisting, fighting, and excusing away for some time. I’m not a writer. I’m not even a very good communicator. Yet my gut (maybe the Holy Spirit, maybe not) is telling me it is now time write, despite all of my deficiencies. 

Why? I’m learning that what God has given me is always meant to be given away. Why? I’ve got good news, and who does not want to give good news away? Good news about a God who is wild, edgy, can’t be put in a box, and just loves to set people free. That’s the good news! 

Yet there is fear for me in writing. Fear of exposure. Exposure always leaves one vulnerable to those who may disagree, and don’t hesitate to make that disagreement known. I suspect, then, that my choice to write is more about God changing me. To once again remind me that Jesus +Nothing = Everything. To remind me that He is my resting place even as I share my heart. 

Sharing my heart really expresses why I desire to write. I will share stories about how Christ’s Good News is engaging my heart, and the heart of all of our stories. I’m really not interested in being right. I’m interested in sharing my heart and creating space to be either wrong or right—knowing that either way, Christ has me. That my friends, is really, really, good news!

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