It's probably why I wrote it. The one book I've ever completed. A hopeless romantic kind of story, with not a ton of theological insight, but an abundance of sweet sentiment.
But, I'm also a little embarrassed by that part of myself. I've never wanted people to know my favorite movie is not some deep war documentary, but instead it's...anything adapted from Jane Austen. I've also never advertised my favorite author is not Dietrich Bonhoeffer (God bless his profound heart), but instead it's...Jan Karon.
But, it's the truth. I'm a hopeless romantic, and I can't help it. There are parts of me that are simply satisfied with a sweet story where the boy gets the girl, whose hair looks beautifully unkempt in the morning.
And I'm learning that I don't have to be ashamed of any part of how God made me. The assertive and bold parts? The ones that got me labeled "bossy" when I was growing up? They've been His way of developing leadership skills in me that have been needed in every season I've faced in adulthood. The introverted quiet parts? The ones that made me label myself "awkward" as I was maturing? They've been His gifts to place me in a position to listen to what He was doing inside of me, rather than only being able to see the work He's doing through me.
There's not a part of me that He didn't design. Not a part of me He can't use.
So, I've decided to go with Him. Just go with Him. Even if it means confessing something I fear might make me be labeled as silly or sentimental. Even the hopeless romantic parts. Because if He put it in me, then it has to be somewhere in Him. And I think the God I love with my whole soul is hopelessly romantic about me. It's in Him, so it's in me. And if He put it in me, it's meant to be shared.
Which means the book I wrote and have never shared, The Invitation, is available today here on Treasure the Ordinary. Instead of sitting on my computer unread, it is now offered to you as a gift (details below) in hopes that it will give you a couple of hours spent enjoying the flowery side of life, without even having to brush your hair.
Welcome to the all new home of Treasure the Ordinary! I hope you enjoy the fresh, new layout here on the blog. Please feel free to look around. There's years worth of thoughts here, all meant to bless you as you find the precious amongst the normal.
If you would like to receive "Treasure the Ordinary" directly in your email inbox, please subscribe at the top right of the home page. As a free gift for new subscribers, I'll send you a copy of my story, The Invitation. If you've been a follower of Treasure the Ordinary for a while, please feel free to message me on social media and request your copy. I'll be glad to send it to you!
And stay tuned for more giveaways in the future. I promise they won't all be of the hopeless romantic variety.