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The Water's Fine
by Ann Renae Hair
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The Water’s Fine!

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 KJV

I have a dream…
…Distant, or deep?
…Fleeting, or firm?
I have always wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives…
I love to read.
I want to write.

When I was only a high school girl, my Daddy used to say, “Ann, you can’t change the world!”
To which I would respond, “Maybe, Dad, but one person at a time, I can make a difference!”
The struggles in this world that frustrate and discourage me the most are those I cannot help…
But when I read, I connect. And isn’t that what makes the real difference, connecting with each other, and ultimately with our God?
Reading brings me alive! It helps me touch another person I would otherwise never know. It brings their world into my hands, through my eyes, and enters my soul. I can experience another’s hope, pain, wisdom, fear, excitement; one word, one page, one chapter at a time. I can decide how to react to what I read – whether I have changes to make in myself, or praise to offer. Either way, I grow.

What if, through writing, I combine the hobby in my heart and the hope in my will with the dream in my mind?

I know I already make some difference…
Helpmeet to a wonderful husband,
Mom to two great kids,
Hairstylist to many faithful friends.

Is this the time for more? Or later, when the kids are older and I have more freedom? But then, I hear others – older and more experienced – say life doesn’t slow down, maybe even gets faster…if even given the opportunity to see tomorrow.
Where do I begin? How do I know this is from God, or another one of my bright ideas?! Do I dip my toes in the water, or dive in head first? How do I even begin? I’m not a diver!

Thank you, Faithwriters, for inviting me to test the water and see what God has planned for me and my dream. Maybe my sights are too small; thinking if I’m a writer, that’s all I can be. Maybe God has another path I don’t even know about yet. If I’m following Him, He will guide me and prepare me for what is next. Meanwhile, I will not fail for never trying, but simply, obediently; take the next step, until my Lord brings me home.

For now I see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. I Corinthians 13:12 KJV

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darlene hight 10 Jan 2008
So glad that you are following your dream :> God wants that for each of us.
Dee Yoder  15 Aug 2007
You definitely were able to touch my heart with your writing! I encourage you to take a plunge into the writing waters either with the weekly Challenge (which has helped me grow so much!) or by submitting your articles. Or both! I'll look forward to reading your new pieces!
Lynda Lee Schab  15 Aug 2007
Hi Ann! Welcome to this crazy yet amazing community of Christian writers! You are off to a great start. I totally see some major potential there. You express yourself wonderfully. I encourage you to stretch out your hand and grab hold of those dreams. They really are within reach! Hugs, Lynda
Venice Kichura 15 Aug 2007
Very beautiful and could relate, Ann. A warm welcome to our FaithWrtiers family!
Betty Castleberry 15 Aug 2007
Oh, you are a writer. You conveyed your thoughts well, and shared what a lot of us feel. Well done, and welcome to Faith Writers.
Tim Brown 14 Aug 2007
Welcome to FaithWriters. Thanks for your article. A dream to make a difference in the lives of others combined with a writing talent is a winning combination. Your article spoke to my heart as I've gone through a similar process. As you continue to follow the Lord and keep writing, I'm sure God will open exciting doors of opportunity for you to make a difference. FaithWriters is a great place to start.
Joanne Sher  14 Aug 2007
I hope I haven't created another addict! (hehe) You write wonderfully, my friend - and expressed something MANY should hear. Love ya!
Verna Cole Mitchell  14 Aug 2007
Welcome to Faith Writers. Your initial piece has so many good ideas that you expressed well. One way to "dip your toe" in the writing waters is to keep a pad of paper nearby, and whenever you see something you want to remember or have an idea you want to keep, jot it down at your earliest opportunity. You have a very good beginning with some memorable ideas already here.
Dan Blankenship  14 Aug 2007
Ann, Welcome to a community that embraces writing and faith like no other place on the Internet. Hey, I bet that's why they named it FaithWriters! Great column. May God bless! Sincerely, Dan Blankenship
Kristen Hester 13 Aug 2007
This is the right place to test the waters! That's what I did in May and have been so encouraged by the other writers. I enjoy it and want to write more and more. Write what is in your heart and/or enter the challenges. I think you will discover soon enough if this where God is leading you. You article was well written and expressed your emotions well.
Linda Watson Owen 13 Aug 2007
Welcome to FaithWriters, Ann! What a wonderful piece you have blessed us with here! One of my favorite lines from this is, "What if, through writing, I combine the hobby in my heart and the hope in my will with the dream in my mind?" You've stated beatifully what's in every FaithWriter's experience as we step out to, indeed, test the waters. Write on, new friend, and enjoy!
Mo 13 Aug 2007
I think lots of us can identify with what you've written here!


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