Category Archives: Inspirational

The Power Of Writing Your Story

Quiet. Reserved.  Never causing any trouble.

Yes, that’s how I would have been described as a young girl.

But deep within me there were stories to tell.

Certainly I wouldn’t share them – constant moves, grasshoppers on Sunday dresses.

No, you could count on it that I wouldn’t share.

Those marvelous tales of firework grandeur on a Kansas City back yard

     with beloved grandparents

    would be kept hidden along side

    the tales of my mom’s polio and the doctor’s surprising visit

   to our small home.

    Three young children getting shots that night

    to protect us from the dreaded  disease.

Scribbles in my spiral notebook would be kept  from all eyes but mine.

Until—-

    I experienced pain and loss, embarrassment and disappointment

  and suddenly I realized that maybe

     somewhere,

         somehow,

               my simple story would encourage another on life’s journey.

     So I typed out my story on an old electric typewriter

        and mailed it to a magazine who was accepting submissions.

Never thought about it again.

Even my English teacher from college knew that I couldn’t write well.

But that didn’t matter.

No, it was as if in the writing of my experience

    I began to discover my own voice.

    My shyness fell away

       and suddenly I could talk. Yes, I could talk.

Freedom. Release. Exhilaration.

I’ll never forget that day I received an acceptance letter for that story

    along with a small check.

Suddenly it hit me.

I’m a writer. A real writer.

But it wasn’t until long after when that simple experience was published

   and I received letters and notes of gratitude from others

   who had been helped by my telling it

that I realized

   that this was something I could do.

I could write my story and not only connect with others

  but even more than that.

Others could be encouraged and strengthened too.

Others could celebrate with me God’s goodness and purpose.

Others could see a light that would help them find their way

    through a dark, sometimes, difficult journey.

Writing can open doors that were thought long closed.

Writing can give voice to thoughts and experiences.

Writing can enable one to leave a legacy for the future.

Writing can be

     for you

     a way to make sense of broken pieces. A healing place.

Writing can be the most important thing you ever do.

 

I’d love to have you join me

   Write Your Story- Discover Your Strengths

   September 4-October 9

    6    60 minute classes

    Online

   Lively discussions.

   Simple tools that will show you how to begin writing

    a piece or all of your life story.

  Contact me for more information at [email protected]

 

 

Bubbles and Trouble

May turns to June and we find ourselves embracing summer vacations,

swimming, picnics, watermelon and so much more.

As I reflect upon summer’s past, especially when my daughters were young,

so many memories come to mind.

And one of my favorite is the time we’d spend

simply blowing bubbles.

You know, those big, big bubbles that would glisten

purples, pinks and yellows

in the sunlight.

We’d watch them dance heavenward until puff-

they’d burst and be only a memory.

Alot like worries.

We worry and fret

thinking about this thing or that,

dreading one thing or another

but when it finally comes

only rarely is it a big problem.

No, the problem is in the anxiety connected with it. It can make you sick.

But just suppose you could learn to pop your worry bubbles

and begin to live free.

Free from anxiety.

Free from fear about today, tomorrow and everything else.

We were created to live in love.

to embrace faith, think faith, breathe faith and live free.

But all too often thought patterns develop, fear patterns are created.

and instead of living free

we live in bondage

to fear.

Horrible, suffocating, trapping —fear.

But, we were created for

Life,

Freedom

Growth,

Love

and there’s simply no way that we can do that

as long as we are trapped in cycles of anxiety.

But the fear cycle can be stopped

the chains can be broken

and we can begin to live fully.

Maybe you have tried to stop worrying in the past

without success.

Many people have had success, though, working with a coach –

one with whom they are accountable,

one who will help them meet their goals,

one who is familiar with the tools and techniques needed to burst those fear bubbles.

 

He said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and

DO NOT BE AFRAID. John 14:27 NIV

 

Powerful words. Words of hope and freedom.

Interested in talking more about how you can break the chains of fear in your life?

Contact me at

sharonbranicoaching.com

[email protected]

 

credit – NoelleBraniPhotography.

 

Just Imagining

I remember the first time I heard the song I Can Only Imagine years ago.

Actually 1999.

It moved me to tears thinking of what I would see in heaven. One day.

Being with the Lord.

Walking by His side.

Forever in His Glory.

Joy filled my heart just trying to imagine it.

Then in 2009 my beloved mom went home to be with the Lord and at her request

I Can Only Imagine was played at her funeral.

Tears.  Thinking of her walking those streets with the Lord.

Surrounded by His Glory.

Hope filled my heart as I thought of being with my mom again

and together being with the Lord. One day.

The song brought comfort to my aching heart.

Recently I saw the movie I Can Only Imagine and was moved to tears

as the story of redemption and forgiveness and hope unfolded.

Have you seen it?

This story that touched me deeply. I wept through the whole movie.

My heart feeling the pain of the son who was emotionally and physically abused. Overflowing with emotion for his father who inspired him to write the song.

Remembering….

Reflecting……

Simply hurting.

What a powerful reminder that forgiveness heals.

Forgiveness restores.

And forgiveness is possible.

How about you?

Do you struggle as you remember a loved one who is no longer here?

Daily dealing with grief and loss?

Daily feeling the emptiness of life without them?

And how about forgiveness—

Do you or someone you know need that story, that clear reminder that forgiveness

changes lives…even if that person is long since gone.

Breathe in the hope of forgiveness and grace.

Let it seep into those aching places of your soul and begin a work of healing.

Yes, it’s a song and a movie worth experiencing.

Let me know if you’ve seen it and how it was for you.

And together let’s imagine what it will be like…

one day.