Hi, I’m Renee. I’ve been blogging on and off since 2012. It started as a passion for Jesus and using the gifts the Holy Spirit gave me, my writing life has ebbed and flowed with the passing of time, but the deep rooted call to write has remained steadfast in the center of my soul.
A lot has happened since I first began sharing publicly what the Lord was teaching me. About three years into my writing journey, my faith was ripped from my heart, leaving me naked before the Lord, with nothing to offer, not even one word could I utter. All my self-righteous rags were stripped away and burned on the alter of my heart. This is not an exaggeration. I tried to continue writing for awhile, but the only words I could find echoed the pain in my heart, and I unpublished everything I previously wrote, heaping heartache upon my passion and burying it.
After four years, I am finding my words. They are surfacing like a seed sprouting, planted deep, slowing pushing their way to the surface, opening to sunlight, determined to live. My past informs a lot of my writing, but is not what I choose to write about. I prefer to leave the past in the past and I am choosing to live in the present now. It took me 4 years to get to this point, and say that. And that’s all I’m saying. My writing is influenced by my past experiences, good and bad.
I am in recovery
From a 4+ years addiction to wine, something I turned to in my pursuit to extinguish the flames burning in my heart. It didn’t work. But…
Recovery is a beautiful gift. I would drink all the wine all over again to experience this awakening in my soul. #truth.
I have nothing to offer you, except grace, acceptance and love. And that is enough because it’s all we need.
My words, wherever they take us, will always be truthful and from my heart, I promise.
I did a crazy thing a little over a year ago.
I received a phone call that shook my world to it’s core and would change my life forever. Two weeks after that call, I was on a plane with 5 of my kids, leaving my island home of 25+ years behind, for who knows how long. We left without a home waiting for us at the other end of our trip and only a ‘knowing’ in my heart that I was doing the right thing. People thought I was brave, but I was terrified.
Besides the emergent reasons for leaving so quickly, I had another reason for getting off that island, and as sad as it was, I was thankful to finally have a reason. The burning alter smoldering on my heart was making me crazy, I was truly questioning my sanity, and I saw a chance to put the flames out and I took it, without hesitation. And it kind of worked.
Am I saying do crazy things and run away from your problems? Yah, kinda. If it works for you, do it. My life is changed and better for taking the brave steps I took to save a loved one and in so doing I saved myself too. Sometimes you do what you got to do, and that is that. I tell you this part of my story only to say, I get it. But don’t let your mistakes define you for the rest of your life. Be brave. Be strong. And get up and do something about your situation, if you can.
The crazy exodus from my homeland into the unknown eventually brought us to a stop on the coast of Southern California, and that is where I am writing from today. We stayed here because I firmly believe God directed our steps to this very exact spot on the whole entire earth. Yes, I do believe that, with all my heart.
I am 46 years old and starting my life over.
Recreating my life and myself in many ways. Trying new things, like surfing and watercolor painting, CrossFit, practicing the art of not having a to-do list, growing, changing and living. It’s all so good and I’m excited to share it with you.
I have birthed nine children, been married 26 years, owned several businesses and always homeschooled my children. I lived on a remote island in Alaska 25+ years. I am in recovery from an addiction to wine. I love finding creative ways to make healthy food choices taste delicious. I love adventure and spontaneity and not knowing what’s next. These are the things that inspire my writing and what you will find contained in the pages of this blog.
I truly hope you enjoy reading, but mostly, I hope to be of some help to you as you navigate your own one big beautiful life.
All my love, always,
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And… You’ll be the first to know when I publish these books jumping up and down in my heart, barely able to wait any longer, like hopeful teenagers, ready to start their own lives, my heart can’t contain these words much longer. I have to let them go, to release them into the world, to find and live their own lives. Hopefully they will find their way into your heart, and reside in your life, inspiring you to be you, inspiring you to live your bravest and best life.
I am just getting started in many ways, New Life New Blog. Finding my words is exciting, and I would love to have you join me on this adventure!