31 Days of Renewal – #write31days

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It’s been a while since I wrote on a regular basis. I really enjoyed the 46 days of writing I did for the My First Lent Series last spring. There was something very therapeutic about the process of regularly getting thoughts from my brain to my computer screen. Some days writing is difficult. Some days the words just flow nicely together. Either way, writing for me is a form of self-care.

In my desire to be more disciplined with writing, I decided a few weeks back that come October, I would write for 31 days. Then, just earlier this week, I discovered that writing for 31 days in October is an official thing. So much serendipity there, right?

So, here I am. Hashtagging away #writefor31days.  It’s a writing movement that started a few years back and has seen tremendous growth. Big time bloggers do it, and here I am, in my itty bitty corner of the internet joining in.  I’ll be linking up to the 31 Days website and making this official.  The world is watching, so I must write!

Part of the 31 Days project involves choosing a topic to write about during the 31 day timeframe. Some people really narrow their focus and write on just one topic, say, for example, 31 Days of CS Lewis.  Others write about more general topics.  The beauty of the project is the variety of the topics covered, from health to home to faith to personal improvement, you name it.

I sat and wondered what I could write about for 31 days. My puddle of thoughts tends to be a mix of motherhood, faith, social justice, and current events. I thought about Prayer. Oh, how I struggle with prayer and how it is taught in churches today. So many thoughts, but not coherent enough to really blog just yet. I thought about finally Blogging the Gospels like I’ve wanted to do for so long as I want to read the New Testament in Chronological Order and deeply dissect the words of Jesus. I thought about writing about a variety of things, like homeschooling or maybe even doing a 31 day novella of the dystopian book I’m trying to put together.

I finally decided however that I don’t want to stop the momentum I have going through the process of, “Why do I believe what I believe?” It’s been a question I’ve come back to a thousand or more times in the past two years.  And really, what it comes down to is one major concept – Renewal.

Romans 12:2 says,

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

After a couple years of intense evaluation and facing my doubts and my questions and trying to figure out why I believe what I believe, I can’t help but call this a renewal process for me.  Romans 12 has always been a chapter of the Bible that has spoken to me, since I was in high school, even. And this verse, this transformation, this renewing of my mind… it’s something I feel I could write endlessly about.

Over the next 31 days I’m going to focus on this renewal of my mind. I’m excited and I’m terrified all at the same time.

God’s peace to you all!

Index of Posts

Day 1: Introduction – 31 Days of Renewal – #write31days

Day 2: Working on Renewal – Reevaluate Your Cultures

Day 3: Showing Myself Grace – I Made a Mistake, But It’ll Be Okay, Right? – Changing up my #write31days

Day 4: Why I Couldn’t Write Today: the South Carolina Floods 

Day 5: When You’ve Lost Everything – Hugo to the #Scfloods

Day 6: A Blog Challenge: #WaterforCola – Helping Columbia Have Safe Drinking Water After the #SCFloods – Links to Water Missions International.

Day 7:

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