I think sometimes people just don't get writers. Words can be a little scary. Words can seem simplistic. Words can.....well, words can do anything. And writers get that.
While at the Five Minute Friday Retreat, I was asked if there were any other writers that I knew and talked with. They only one I could think of was a coworker friend that has begun to blog more regularly about her faith. Other than that, I didn't really have any real life writer friends.
I've been blessed to find some amazing online communities that have welcomed me with open arms.
I then found Wives of Faith, an amazing online Christian community for military spouses. Sara Horn has done a fabulous job reaching out to other military spouses and connecting with them. In doing so, she offers the opportunity to submit blog posts to Wives of Faith.
Through this, I have developed some online friendships with other military spouses. We are able to share words to support and encourage one another. We are also able to pray with one another and grow and strengthen our relationship with Christ by taking part in the Survival Sisters program. Because of Sara and Wives of Faith, I got my first taste of writing for other audiences that didn't include my blog followers.
Kori Yates' online community called Planting Roots. Again, this Christian community connects military women and spouses through the Word of God. I have been able to have posts published at Planting Roots as well. This community is very welcoming to women who have a desire to lift up one another who are experiencing the ups and downs of military life.
And let's not forget the Five Minute Friday community. I think this community has challenged me the most. With a one word prompt and a timer set to five minutes, I desperately want to choose my response carefully. Sometimes I get an immediate idea, and other times, I struggle to find the right words. Either way, I think I've grown because of the Five Minute Friday community. I've been encouraged by both reading other posts and through the comments left by others.
To make a long story short (If you want the long version, just click HERE), I was forever changed by attending the retreat. I found my people. I found the people who "got me." Because really, they were just like me no matter how different we were. We all had the same hopes and dreams when it came to writing and the sharing of our words. It was simply a blessing. I may never meet these ladies again in real life, but they will always be a part of me. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of them. I'm grateful for what they shared. I'm grateful for the love and encouragement they gave. I am thankful for each of them.
It is so important that writers find those connections, people that they can encourage and challenge. People that get what is like to be a lover of words. I am thankful for the opportunities that online communities provide for people like me, those that want to grow as a writer and take advantage of the power of words to have an impact on the world.