She pushed me. Her red pencil decimated my papers. She seemed to dislike anything I wrote. Near the end of school, I worked up the courage to ask why she picked on me.
“Janet, I see promise in you. I push you because I want you to improve and take advantage of your gift.”
What more could I say? Mrs. Machir’s words would follow me through all the years of busyness and rejection and spark a flame that wouldn’t let me quit.
I had a recurrent dream about a biker and a country club girl. One day, I’ll write that story, I told myself.
That dream of writing would not dissipate. I recalled Mrs. Machir’s words. My husband and I decided it was time for me to retire a bit earlier than I had planned. My goal: spend more time with grandchildren, write, and submit.
Jump start eight years: I just released my third book. I still write short stories. God even led me to write a non-fiction book. I’ve never forgotten the encouragement of a junior high school teacher.
Today, everyday people overcoming compulsions and addictions spark my creativity. God healed me emotionally twenty years ago, and I long to “write God’s message of hope.”
P.S. I haven’t published the book about the biker and the country club girl, but I’m still dreaming.
Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. They love to travel with their RV, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren, and work in their church.
Worth Her Weight, an inspirational women’s fiction, makes a perfect companion to her recently released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word. She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
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