Note from Dena: I'm sharing a guest post today from Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, AKA "The Writing Sisters." They're sharing a brief truth from their heart. (And check out their new book. It sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it!)
The rat pushed the paper away from him wearily, but the discreet Mole took the occasion to leave the room, and when he returned again sometime later, the Rat was absorbed and deaf to the world alternately scribbling and sucking the top of his pencil. It is true that he sucked a good deal more than he scribbled; but it was a joy to know that the cure had at least begun.
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Writing can heal the writer. When we share our stories, we share our hurts and pains and let light into the dark places. Putting our thoughts on paper helps us to understand what we think and make sense of our lives. Like Flannery O’Conner said, “I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.”
Counselors working with women who have experienced grief and loss know this. Nothing is more powerful in healing than the sharing of stories, often in the form of letters to the lost loved one. In the telling of stories, there is understanding and connection; and, often, the beginning of the healing process.
Journaling is a tool for understanding confusing emotions and clarifying hurtful thoughts. Naming the pain through words is hard, but it's also important in moving forward. And naming the joys helps us fully appreciate our blessings.
Hurt feelings? Write about it. Grief and loss? Write about it. Mad? Write it down.
Writers have a unique occupation that brings constant revelation and introspection--but writing and journaling are not just for professional writers. The practice of writing is something we all can do. Writing shows us what we think and helps us to understand our lives.
When we write, we are changed.
The Writing Sisters, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, were born into a writing family and began critiquing manuscripts at an early age for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars. They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, is being released in paperback this month.
You can connect with Laurie and Betsy through their monthly newsletter, in which they send out updates and their popular, FREE devotional books. Contact them at WritingSisters.com and find them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
More about The Shepherd's Song:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures…
Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper for her wayward son. Just before she loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she’s done enough with her life and prays, “Please, let my life count.”
Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world. From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.
With beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews’s The Butterfly Effect, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.