Take a Walk, Small Talk!

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Since I can remember, I’ve always had something to say.

I’ve been told by my family that I really didn’t talk much in my early years. What’s the point in explaining yourself when you have an older brother to make your requests and do all your bidding? 🙂

Nowadays, I’d be the first to tell you that it’s quite different; I don’t really know how to stop talking. However, it’s not about small talk or fluffy discussions. In fact, I have a very strong disliking for small talk. It’s pretty much the worst thing ever. Loved ones that know me know I don’t care to mess about. For reasons beyond my understanding or control, I’ve always had a crazy need to connect with others, bypassing the comfy, little chats and really diving headfirst into the nitty-gritty complexities of what’s really going on in our minds, hearts, and lives.

Let’s agree that communication is important, especially in today’s world where literally everyone (including sweet grandma) has some type of social media presence. There’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, LinkedIn.. you name it. We live in a time when it can easily feel uncomfortable having a conversation with the person across from you at your local coffee shop or wherever it is you see actual humans. I have found a number of people (myself included) much more inclined and tempted to look up (or more commonly known as “stalk”) a person on Facebook in order to read up on their life rather than reach out and get to know them personally.

Social media has become a legit means of screening others without ever truly needing to connect. We can go through the pros and cons of social media all day (which I have great plans to write about in the future), but what’s really important is that we realize how it’s become a bridge to reaching our world.

Thus, this blog.

Having a platform where I can share my heart.. the thoughts, joys, and concerns that cross it every day with friends, family, acquaintances I haven’t had a chance to get to know, old friends I have lost touch with, or people I haven’t even met yet excites me greatly.

I’m not a scholar, a theologian, an aspiring role model, or an authority figure by any means. Truth is.. I am an incredibly flawed young (am I still young?) woman who falls both completely and miserably short of anything remotely close to implying the idea of perfection, let alone, goodness. I have encountered very dark and difficult circumstances in my short time on this earth, and with that said, only Jesus could have ever loved me, forgiven me, and saved me from myself and the consequences of my sin that awaited me… and He is worth sharing.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”‭ Psalm 16:2

I live for Him now, and praise God everyday for all the work He’s done and will continue to do, despite my failures and shortcomings. I live in awe of the Lord’s perfect, unwavering faithfulness, mercy, and grace that He freely gives and pours out on me time and time again. No matter my past, present, or future circumstances, God is sovereign and rules both over and through them all.

Thus, the blog name. Then writes my soul.

Over the last two years we’ve been attending our local church (Grace Baptist), I’ve grown to cherish the rich hymns we sing every week during service (and throughout the week as I serenade Zak and the cat). Anyone who’s heard a hymn has most likely heard “How Great Thou Art” and the beautifully sung words “then sings my soul”. Well, this soul writes.

I write with love to encourage and strengthen my brothers and sisters in Christ, hope to share the good news and love of Christ with this broken and hurting world, and faith that Lord will do what He does best and work it all out for His glory.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Psalm 115:1

18 thoughts on “Take a Walk, Small Talk!

  1. Your words are amazing! I am so happy you put These out here for everyone to read…you truly are a beautiful person both inside and out! Thank you and thank you for posting this song….it’s by far my absolute most favorite song ever written and it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it! My girls have this as a lullaby on their CD they listen to every night and as I lay there in bed with them ever single night until they are asleep it makes me truly appreciate the beauty of life! Thank you!!!

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  2. You are a gifted writer, Jess! Praise God for the talents He has given you and that you are sharing with others. Looking forward to reading more!

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  3. It’s late here and I was on my way to bed when I seen the link to your blog on my sissy Facebook and stated to read it. I was enjoying myself when I thought who is the writer of this blog? To my wonderful surprise it is my beautiful Cousin. I loved your blog and truly look forward to many more you keep the attention going. I love it, it was worth staying up to read!!! I will be sharing this with my daughter and friends as well. I wish you the best with lots of love and blessings.

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  4. Well done Jess. Our Lord has given you such great eloquence and ability to make a difference in this world. I can’t wait to see all that you accomplish thru Him.

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  5. Amen, Sista. You go girl, do your thing for Jesus! I feel the same way about meaningful conversations. I look forward to reading more of your inspirational blogs, Lord willing.

    Oh, and yes I am guilty of facebook stalking people to get hints into their lives without personally connecting, too. Wait… I do make comments on their pics… and statuses, sometimes… does that count? 😉 lol I know, I need to pick up the phone, skype, or actually visit more often. I do desire to have more connection with people. Thank you for exposing that, Sis. I am submitting that prayer request to The Father right now, as we speak, to prompt me to reach out more. Shalom and blessings to you! :* big hug! Oh and loved that version of that song btw

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      1. Can you believe the next morning after I prayed about this, 5 people called me and we had meaningful phone conversations? Oh how awesome YHVH God is! Thanks for inspiring me to pray about that. We just need to be willing vessels.

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