Going into the Catalyst Conference last week, I felt like God wanted to speak some things to me on a personal level. Conferences like that often have plenty to take away that is applicable to ministry, but this year felt a little different for me.
We went to the Labs on Wednesday and I was able to meet/see/hear from some of the bloggers I follow. The first lab I went to was with Susan Isaacs who talked about “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography”.
I wasn’t interested in this lab at first, and I honestly knew nothing about Susan, but because she was talking about writing I thought I could learn something since it’s a huge growth area for me right now. The thought of writing an autobiography didn’t sound exciting to me at all. I don’t even know if I would want to read that much less anyone else.
But while Susan was talking I felt like God was tugging on my heart, and many of the things she talked about I knew were for me to hear.
A few things I wrote down:
- Write your story for yourself, not to get it published.
- The details are important- it requires you to reflect on your life & your life’s purpose, makes your story interesting.
- Bring your story into those dark places w/ God- brings healing to places you didn’t realize you needed healing in.
- We’re only as sick as our secrets.
- Don’t try to make yourself look good. We sympathize w/ people who make mistakes.
- Don’t be afraid of conflict.
I feel like this would be a great way to help myself as a writer and as a person in general. Writing things down helps you see things better- especially the dark, difficult areas. Bringing clarity to some of those areas will help me look at things in my past in a healthier way.
So one of my new writing exercises (hopefully about 3-4 times a week) is to write about an event that has happened in my life- with as many details that I can remember surrounding it.
Sorry, you probably won’t see it- it’s just for me. 🙂