Meet Me

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I’m a believer, writer, dreamer, daughter, and friend.  I’m an English and theatre arts teacher, and I’m just about as crazy as they come.  I have a jukebox for a brain, and I’ve been known to burst into song at any given moment – in the middle of teaching, shopping, or hanging out with friends.  I believe in laughing and loving and learning… and that there can never be too much of any of those things.

I’m an author over at SingleRoots, a online community for single believers, and you can find my guest posts HERE

— Why I Write —

Words were important from the beginning. God SPOKE the world into existence. He simply spoke, and life came to be. He chose to use words in His ultimate display of creativity when He could have just pointed and caused life to spring forth in response. From the very beginning, God was illuminating the importance and power of words.

Storytelling has been around almost just as long. Storytelling was a huge part of Jesus’s ministry on earth – he spoke in parables that were relevant to His time and yet still endure today. There’s power in story. There’s power in connection. There’s power in those “Yeah! Me, too!” moments.

Writing is the best of both worlds – it’s a beautiful tapestry of words and stories, the interwoven threads of life that connect us all together.

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I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember. Writing is a necessity for me. It’s a place for me to sort out the jumbled up thoughts in my head. A place to process what the Lord’s teaching me in my own life. A place for me to remember. And while it’s an intensely personal experience for me, writing is something I know is most beautiful when it’s shared. Sometimes the sharing happens between God and me. Sometimes the sharing is within the community that He’s building around me.

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I believe in community – in shared experience. Life is more beautiful when it’s lived in community. Authentic community requires transparency and vulnerability. It requires the intimacy of knowing and being known. It’s sitting down at the table and breaking bread together. Community is family, and family is what the Kingdom is all about.  Even though it is ripe with reward, community is not without cost. It’s sharing our hearts and asking each other the hard questions. It’s digging our heels in to the difficult and getting down to the nitty-gritty of life. It’s looking through the ugly and the hard to love and loving anyway. It’s exposing our barest parts, our weakest areas.

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The world is full of hurting people with broken hearts and broken dreams. People who are growing more and more disillusioned and discontent. People who are waiting to be seen and known. People who are searching for answers. People who are looking for peace. For joy. For hope. For love.

I was that person. Sometimes I still am. But I’m walking and learning and growing and changing. And it’s all because of Jesus.

The world needs the Jesus I know. They need to know the good Father who provides for my every need. They need to know the Savior who rescued me from a life of sin and death. They need to know the One who delighted in me and brought me out into a spacious place.  He is the answer to it all.

His name is Peace.

His name is Joy.

His name is Hope.

His name is Love.

His name is Jesus.

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I’m just a girl.  A girl who has faults and flaws.  A girl who has doubts and fears.  A girl who still questions her place in this big wide world.  But I’m also just a girl who loves her Father. I want to see things with His eyes and hear things with His ears. And then I want to write what He speaks from His heart to mine.

I believe in the power of words.  The power of storytelling.  And more than anything I just want to share the Jesus I know with the world around me – and the best way I know to do that is through words.

My hope is that those words are as much for you as they are for me.

2 thoughts on “Meet Me

  1. SHARON J RAPELJE says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I found your blog through Sayable’s instagram page. I can’t remember what comment you had written, but I was intrigued and went to your site. I was so excited to find out your a high school English teacher. I’m certified to teach HS English, but for the last two years I taught 4th grade at a private elementary school. Things changed this year. I recently accepted a position at a public school in a small town that serves mostly the native american population. Since it’s a small school I’m the only English teacher. The school board told me I’m the English department. I’m excited to teach the kiddos, but I’m also super intimidated. In many ways I don’t think I’m qualified enough for such a position, but I’m going forward. Unfortunately, the school is not organized as it should be. The administration is super friendly, but are not on top of things, so I’m starting to doubt that they will be able to offer me much help. All this to say I’m writing to see if I can get some advice from you. I’d love to be in contact with a fellow believer who has experience in my field. I’ve never had a mentor teacher, so I’m always looking for people who I can glean from. For example, do you have a consistent set of rules you follow each year? How do you decide on what books to teach each year? I’m sure your schedule is busy with the school year starting up, so no pressure, but any helpful tidbits you’d be able to give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

    God bless,
    Sharon

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