The Rest of Your Story 3: Familiar Words

Trees photo by BrianForbes37 (flickr) 

(There were some issues with this post earlier so I’m sorry if you didn’t get to leave a comment! You should be able to now.)

To start from part one, click here.

As a child, I climbed up in the branches of a tree in our yard. A “Y” between two of them made the perfect spot for a little girl’s back and books to lean.

I loved the crisp feel of the new pages…the start of something wonderful.

Our focus for this series will be moving forward with the stories of our lives but sometimes that means looking back a bit first.

I mentioned that childhood memory because it’s etched in my mind. I imagine you have those too.

And when I peer at this memory closely, I see not just a tree but the seeds of the woman I would one day become.

The books I read in those days were simple. Often the same words were repeated.

Our lives can be much like that too. And the words that appear over and over usually reveal the heart of our story.

For example, some of my words would be…








Sometimes we get so used those words being in our lives that we skim over them when they appear. So today I want all of us to pause together and take a good, hard look.

As as writer, I’m very careful about which words I choose depending on the kind of story I’m writing. God is the ultimate author and He put those familiar words in your story for a reason…they reveal a lot about His purpose for you.

What words are repeated over and over in your story? (We’ll build on this in the next post.)

Like I did in the Joy Challenge, I’ll have random giveaways for people who comment or subscribe during this series…

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About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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