Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Inspiration and Celebration

Spiritual Memoirs 101 is about inspiration and celebration, with a focus on Deuteronomy 4:9, “Always remember the things you’ve seen God do for you, and be sure to tell your children and grandchildren!”

Inspiration is one of my favorite words. I pray that within this blog, you’ll find inspiration.

What words come to mind when you think of inspiration? 

I think of infusing with enthusiasm, encouragement, passion, gusto, and eagerness.

Inspire: to cheer, persuade, set in motion, buoy up, guide, fire up, and energize.

Week by week, you and I will examine the art and craft of memoir and, as we do, my heart’s desire is that you’ll receive inspiration to write and write and write and write.

Celebration is another of my favorite words. It conjures up images of joy, glee, jubilation, and delight.

Celebrate: to cheer, applaud, shout approval, give a standing ovation, praise, honor, and pay tribute.

I pray that within and beyond this blog, you’ll participate in a celebration—ultimately a celebration of God in all His goodness, faithfulness, holiness, and splendor.

May God help us remember all we’ve seen Him do for us, and with us—and even in spite of us.

May He give us a longing to write those stories for our children, grandchildren, and “spiritual” children as well—precious people God has brought into our lives whether we share DNA or not.

Your stories are part of God’s stories, and God’s stories are part of your stories.
People need to hear those stories. Believe it!
Get ready to write!

This week’s assignment: Start a list of things you’ve seen God do for you and add to it throughout the week.

Next week we’ll answer the question, “What is a memoir?” and you can get started in earnest.

I’m so excited you have this opportunity to write your stories. You might not realize it yet, but penning your memoir could change your life!


  1. What a wonderful idea, Linda! I love your first assignment here - it's a gratitude journal for me. I sense the Lord prodding me to keep track of all the things He's given me that I often take for granted, like health and sitting by my fireplace at night! May He bless you/others/us in this creative endeavor!

  2. Ah, Laura, I'm thrilled you'll take this creative journey with us. :) You're right--this kind of memoir is definitely like a gratitude journal. With your exquisite writing skills, I'm sure you'll have some terrific stories. You will be a blessing to me and the others who join us!

    Blessings to you, dear friend!


  3. I am looking forward to following this blog and learning more about writing memoirs. Thanks for starting this.

  4. Welcome, Vicky! I'm so glad you're joining us. I am sure you have some touching stories. I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with you and your blog.