Restore Your Joy and Dream Again by Shanna Gregor

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Restore Your Joy and Dream Again
Series: Splashes of Hope and Puddles of Joy
Shanna D. Gregor

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12 ESV

Sometimes when I look at a small child, I catch a glimpse of the potential God put inside of them. I can imagine who they might become. As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a writer. Even before kindergarten, I liked to print my numbers and letters in my best penmanship. I spent hours writing stories and poems. I loved the feeling of an ink pen in my hand and the continuous flow of black, blue or sometimes purple ink filling up the pages.

But life happened! (Perhaps you know how that is.) In spite of participating in my high school newspaper and yearbook, and having a poem published in a book before I graduated high school-my dream of writing died. I married the summer before I turned 20, eventually quit college and took an administrative position at an insurance firm. With strong administrative gifts, I believed the creativity escaped me as I became a responsible adult. I no longer had time to write and journal. I buried the desire to put words from my heart onto paper for the world to read deep inside my heart.

Thankfully, God had a plan, and He put me in position where ...

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