New Beginnings – “Writing as an Act of Faith”

My Journey

I’m retiring for the second time in May. The first retirement obviously didn’t take.  But it did result in a great year of study about spiritual formation at Spring Arbor University.

So I am looking forward to this “retirement” as well – in the same way I looked forward as a child to summer vacation knowing that school – which I loved (at least the learning part) – would still be there at the end.  This time learning will take place in a group experience called  Staying Open, Writing as an Act of Faith, sponsored by Western Theological Seminary (a Reformed Church in America seminary in the town in which I live).

I am not a journaler, but I am a blogger,  so I’ve decided to share what I  learn and experience  in the writer’s group on my blog.  To motivate me, I’ve created a new category I’m calling “Writing as an Act of Faith” which you will find in my “category cloud” in the right margin of the blog.

Since the first of eight day-long monthly group sessions is this Friday and involves lunch with Kathleen Norris, author of Amazing Grace, A Vocabulary of Faith, the Cloister, and Dakota, I’m sure I’ll have something to share very soon.  In April we will be attending the Calvin College nationally -recognized Conference on Faith and Writing and I will be sitting at the feet of the likes of Ann Lamott and Richard Foster and more.  It will be not be hard to hit the keys with motivation like that.

The purpose of this writers group is to help each of us produce a writing project that is publication-ready by the end of the year. So my “new beginning” will include the discipline of  daily writing of writing a devotional book for Apprentices of Jesus, which I hope to have published.  I have written books (which have been published)  for adult new readers which required as much thought and skill  but perhaps not as much wisdom as the new adventure on which I am embarking.   I am celebrating this new writing goal by buying a new looong writing table which will be placed in a currently empty room  so that I can have as many books and papers strewn around as necessary without feeling the need to clean up the clutter.

For those of you who are bloggers or secret writers, I am hoping to share notes on writing as well as my own experience on the journey.  Perhaps one of you will be able to rescue me when the inevitable “writer’s block” sets in.

As I take more steps in my journey of  “a long obedience in the same direction,” I pray for the mind of Christ, the courage of Paul, impetuousness of Peter, the wisdom of John – and the devotion of Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus no matter how much housework need to be done.

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11 Responses to New Beginnings – “Writing as an Act of Faith”

  1. Peggy Ankerman says:

    I am so excited to hear about your adventures! You bless me every time you share! Thank you!

    • Long ago (in Bethel Bible Series) I learned that we are “blessed to be a blessing.” I’m glad God is finding ways for me to carry that forward.
      I’m telling everyone about these adventures, so I will be held accountable!

  2. Amy Alderink says:

    Very exciting Karen. I can’t wait to read your published book as well as your thoughts along the way.

  3. I am grateful for your interest and support!

  4. kelly417 says:

    What a wonderful “second retirement”. I look forward to following along with you as you continue on this journey.

  5. Josh Luton says:

    Best wishes on the new writing endeavor. I’ve enjoyed following your blog and look forward to the fruit of your labor.

    • Thanks Josh. I already know that my biggest temptation during the writing will be listening to the Evil One whispering in my ear, “Who do you think you are – writing a book ?!” And my answer will be, “I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights!” and I will keep on trucking.

  6. Sheila says:

    Happy retirement, and enjoy your learning!

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