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The Story Only You Were Given to Write

“Do not allow others to write the story that you were given the pen to write.”

We are all given our own talents, our own gifts, our own situations, our own story to write.

I told the friend who wrote these words that life is frustrating when someone else tries to take that pen and write your story for you.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5

Allowing the expectations of others to dictate your steps can suffocate the desires, hopes and direction, the story, God has given only you.

We place expectations and opinions on every relationship in our life. Expectations aren’t necessarily bad. But when we allow those expectations and opinions to carry more weight than our support and love we aren’t allowing that person to write the story God has given them to write.

As I read my friend’s words I thought of how often others have tried to write my story for me. I was a perfectionist and people pleaser. Expectations placed by others as well as myself. In many ways I have allowed others to write my story. I’m learning though to write my own story.

Then that small voice begins to whisper. “Be careful not to try and write the story of others. Give them freedom.”

A recent situation came to mind. Walking a fine line in supporting a friend in a difficult situation and offering my own opinion. Careful to simply offer objectivity when needed in love. My friend has to write her own story. God gave me my own pen. Not hers. I don’t wear her shoes.

My friend’s words above reminded me not to allow others to write my story because of their expectations. But it also reminded me to watch my motives, my expectations, of others. To be mindful not to take the pen God has given them for their own story.

Only with my pen can I write. And its ink only my story can it tell.

My gratitude to John Claybrook whose blog post sparked my thoughts here.

Project Life – August 30 – September 12, 2010

Catching up from missing last week for my photos a day. Click over in the sidebar on the Project Life button to visit Jessica Turner's blog for more Project Life links. I didn't get a photo each day, but had more than one some days so it all worked out.

Monday, August 30, 2010 – I've been sitting down most days lately to play the piano.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 – I was up before sunrise this morning. As I sat down in my favorite chair for quiet time I caught my breath as I saw the sky and the sunrise.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 – Squirt with his piano and guitar teacher.

Saturday, September 4, 2010 – I probably take too many photos of kiddo playing the piano, but it's something I never tire of seeing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010 – A fun last day on the lake with the cousins tubing and riding the Sea-Doos.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010 – Just one of Squirt before going in for piano and guitar lessons.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 – I'm pretty excited about a new project I'm starting with the help of my Sunday School class.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 – A visit to my chiropractor, always a good thing.

Friday, September 10, 2010 – Subbing in the library. Took this photo during the only quiet moment I felt like I had.

Saturday, September 13, 2010 – Squirt and I went to Birmingham for the weekend to stay with my sister. Squirt's music teacher had a gig about an hour from her so we decided to go. So glad we went to hear him and his band.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 – Took my sister's engagement photos this afternoon. Squirt never wants to have his photo taken, but for some reason kept wanting to get in these photos.

Project Life: August 16 – 22, 2010

Welcome back to another week of my Project Life photos. Be sure to check out Jessica Turner's blog for more Project Life links on Tuesdays. Also check out the last photo's caption for a link to a music giveaway I have going on over at Alabama Bloggers.

Monday, August 16, 2010 – DH sat down pecking out keys on the piano and the little cat kept going back and forth, up and down underneath the piano hearing the sounds. It was so funny, but of course by the time I got the video camera out he was tired of the game.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 – Every few summers when we have a hot, dry summer these spider webs or whatever they are show up in the trees. It's not very pretty.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 – I spent a couple of days last week and this week helping a dear teacher friend of mine fluency test students at two of our schools.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 – I made the ultimatum. Either get some of the legos put away or else. So DH and Squirt pulled them out and tore the kits down and put each kit in its own extra large ziploc bag.

Friday, August 20, 2010 – Could it be? Can I actually see the carpet? I spent the day cleaning house which was much needed and thanks to DH and Squirt his room is clean. Now how long will it last?

Saturday, August 21, 2010 – As I was making my way back home from downtown I noticed a tree at the corner of the student parking lot had been rolled. Probably in celebration of the football team's football win the night before.

Sunday, August 22, 2010 – I didn't get a personal photo for today, but I had an afternoon session with a friend of ours who needed some updated photos for his website. I laughed so much during this session. He couldn't keep a serious face when I was taking photos of him and would burst out laughing which didn't help my camera shake at all, but we managed to get some good shots I think. At least I hope he thinks so. And I have a giveaway open to anyone in the U.S. of some of his music in a guest post over on Alabama Bloggers. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

Some Saturday Links for You

This past week has been a very contemplative one for me. Several things really striking me as I’ve been overwhelmed by God’s grace and tried to refocus. Thought I would share these with you here.

This Conversation with God post from Billy Coffey really made me think about how God never asks us for happiness, but just our trust.

I’m reminded by An Idol Heart about The Space Between that even while God is asking us to be still and wait he is using that time, that space between, to change us.

And this song keeps reminding me that even though God sees the deepest parts of me he doesn’t see “…who I used to be.”

Hi Friends! Can you do me a favor?

Hi friends! I need a favor. Well actually it's not me, but an amazingly talented friend of mine, John Claybrook, who needs the favor. He's trying to win a contest over on Atlanta's 104.7 The Fish.

Here’s the great part of this contest. The grand prize winner gets the awesome opportunity of performing on the main stage at Celebrate Freedom. In addition to performing that evening, the grand prize winner gets $10,000.00 to give to the charity of their choice! How incredible is that?

How can you help? Please go here and listen to his original song on YouTube.

It only takes a click and he truly deserves this. God has gifted him with this amazing musical talent, but he is so humble about it. He has such a heart for God and worship and serving others. Winning this would be really great for him.

Edited: I've added the video here so you can watch it here also.

Thanks bunches and I plan to be back to my regular posting very soon. Thankfully my sister is too busy planning her wedding to chide me about my blog slacking.