The Story of Words Redeemed
In January 2018, I had to have surgery to remove a ganglion cyst that had developed on my right wrist. This little annoyance and its subsequent surgery ironically really clarified for me this love of writing and editing. I’ve always loved to write, but when all of sudden I was put in a position (for 2 weeks) where I physically could not write or edit much at all I was frustrated - very frustrated. I kept thinking “Wow! If this was my state for the rest of my life, I think I might go nuts, I can’t do what I love!” Thankfully, it wasn’t and the Saturday after that, I got my soft cast off. And as I sat down to think, pray, and reflect on what I had just gone through I saw that this passion for editing and serving the Church wasn’t going away - and maybe, just maybe, could be combined. Most importantly this dis-ability clarified for me what I had been asking the Lord about for the last several years - how I could serve Him and use my gifts.
You see, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to bring together my three loves - writing, relationships, and resource creation. I have known I’ve been called to serve the Church since 2010 when I took a class called “Discipleship”, but I’ve also struggled the last few years to figure out what that calling meant practically. I also have known I’ve wanted to use my writing abilities for God’s glory ever since I was young - I would write poems about God and short stories about how my friends came to know Him. And last I’ve known that I deeply appreciate excellent Biblical resources ever since I worked at LifeWay Christian Bookstores in 2015. The issue was I didn’t quite know how to pull all three together.
Well, God amidst the struggle brought forth rebirth in my thinking through the idea of Words Redeemed. I see this primarily as an editing service, or business, but also as a ministry (of sorts) because I want to be able to serve the Church in the ultimate goal of making God’s name known throughout the earth. It truly is my goal to live out the words of Paul in Philippians 1:27a: “Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Therefore, the goal of this editing business is to clarify words that center on Christ and serve the Church.