How do you go about finding your own unique voice? I’m sure for everyone the path will vary. Our stories may even be similar, but we will have our own ways of sharing them.
One of the definitions of voice at Rhymezone is:
- a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated.
So that could mean an audible voice or it could be the written word or even artwork.
Maybe you aren’t sure what is the best way to use your voice.
If that is the case, it’s good to experiment, take chances and try new things. As we pursue our interests and cultivate our dreams, we may find our voices along the way. And, of course, don’t forget to pray to God for wisdom and discernment.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
Art journaling is one medium that is helping me find and use my voice.
About four years ago in an online class, one of the writing prompts was to share how we found our voices. I wrote a lot of words that took me from childhood to that present time.
The leader challenged me to write a poem from what I was processing as I wrote.
I took her up on it and wrote it as a dialogue between me and my voice. I’d like to share it here as one example of how to find your voice.
Finding My Voice
Why, hello Voice.
Where did you come from?
You’ve been trapped?
For how long?
Oh, years and years.
But surely you’re wrong.
You have been here!
I’ve used you.
Oh, yes, that’s true,
but only sometimes,
when you spoke without fear.
I used to be with you all the time.
You spoke much as a child.
But then things changed.
You were insecure and afraid
They might laugh.
But I did speak!
Some of my words were not kind.
You were gone.
I was there when
you prayed with others,
when you taught your children.
You left again
when we were churchless
I was there but unheard.
You needed me,
but did not know
I was trapped
She came to you
asking you to write
a story from God’s Word,
to empathize and write
as if you were living then.
Yes, yes, that’s right.
I remember now.
I did it.
She liked it!
You also took a class,
joined a writing group,
wrote poetry and
launched your blog.
Taking a chance,
you shared some words.
You found me at last,
your own unique voice.
Yes, I found you.
My very own voice.
No more chains.
You are free.
Join Your Voice with Others
As I continued pursuing my dreams, expanding and refining my voice, I knew I was not alone. Many were also finding their voices and timidly stepping out. We all would battle thoughts of not being good enough or thinking we were not really writers.
As we discover our voices we begin to see the beauty in each unique voice.
That’s why it helps to be in community with others. We see there is a place for us right alongside them. There is no need to compete but to encourage and build each other up.
Our voices are important tools which can be used wisely or unwisely.
Let us trust God to guide us, strengthen and give wisdom to know when and how to use our voices.
Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement.
This is Day 30 of the Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes. The word prompt is voice.
I’m linking up with: #TellHisStory, #TuneInThursday
8 thoughts on “Voice: Discover Yours and Speak Confidently”
I never thought that I would be a Bible journaler. But I absolutely love it!!! There is something about claiming one’s voice, isnt there?!?! Great post friend! I think we can embody John 1:1 through so many mediums: words, art, music, etc!
Journaling is really special, isn’t it, Tara? Yes, with God as our strength and guide we can claim our voices with confidence. I love how we can encourage each other and be a part of the greater story. Blessings to you, Tara! xo
Oh Gayl, this was so timely for me today, as the Lord has been working in my heart again, to step forward in His bravery, and not in fear, as He calls the voice in me to be willing to share more. Thank you for the ways that you have been such an encouragement Dear Friend. I love your art pages here today. Our roots do run deep, as we embrace the oneness of Jesus within our hearts. Blessings, love, and hugs to you! xoxo
God’s timing is always just right, isn’t it? I will pray that He will give you the courage you need to share what He has given you to share. I’m glad you like the art pages and you knew exactly what I meant about the roots running deep! Blessings love and hugs to you, too! xoxo
Your journal pages are some of my favorite. I love the mixed mediums you use and how you share so much of yourself through the pictures and few words. They are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your voice, Gayl!
Thank you so much, Mary. You have encouraged me so much through your comments. Blessings to you! xo
Bible journaling is something I’m venturing into but I think I hinder my own creativity! I guess I’ll grow into it!!
I love the dialogue! I still struggle with finding my voice, especially in my writing. Great post!! #tuneinthursday
Yes, you really just have to jump in and try different things and there really are no rules. It’s fun to experiment and see what happens. I’ve been known to paint completely over something and start over, because I didn’t like the way it was going. For me, art journaling is fun and relaxing.
Glad you enjoyed the dialogue. 🙂 The doubts always find a way to come back, but I just remember that God made me with my voice for a purpose and I just need to use it and not worry. Of course, often that’s easier said than done. 🙂 Blessings to you!