Thursday, June 29, 2006

It's all good

Growing up, I didn't enjoy being the daughter of a writer. Beginning at around age 10, I became my mom's editor. She picked me out of her four children. I didn't volunteer. It wasn't very cool to have everything we did written about or to spend so much time editing. Sometimes I'd write, "Boring. Who cares," in red ink across her typed pages--because at times, it was. She didn't care what my comments were, as long as I'd read her articles and be honest.

But even though it didn't seem fair and I got sick of being her editor, God had a plan. Over the years, I developed a love for the rhythm of words, ideas, and creative thoughts. She taught me to adore libraries and books. Without meaning to, my mother taught me to write.♥

There are probably things with your parents that don't thrill you. Maybe hard things. Maybe things that don't make sense. Maybe things you want to change. Problems you wish you didn't have at home.

Hang in there. If you're in a difficult or dangerous situation and need help, of course, tell someone you trust. Let this truth soak in...Everything we experience, with God's help, can eventually be used for good. No matter what.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."

My love,


Anonymous said...

There was so many things that parents made me do that I didn't know why I ahd to do them. To find out later it. They were usefull things that I needed to know. I know when parents are praying for there kids the things they have us do is truely from God to supply our knowledge for the future.

Julie Garmon said...

Good point, Pastor Josh. Knowledge for the future. I guess that's what my mother sent me through her writing. It sure didn't feel that way as a child. It felt like torture. :-)

But God doesn't waste anything!


Dionna Sanchez said...

This was good for me to read. I write some things about my kids - but not everything. I will have to make sure I don't put them in an awkward position where they feel their life is an open book.
Thanks for the perspective.

Julie Garmon said...

You're welcome Dionna. What a pretty name, by the way.

Sometimes I can't believe I'm a writer too, just like my mom. I love ghosting other people's stories--at least I know these people want me to tell their story! Since I sometimes hated being written about, I try really hard to make sure my children are okay when I do write about them. So far, so good. :-)