Saturday, November 06, 2004


Paul Dawn

From the Heart
by Janice Price

In order to write personal experience stories that can comfort, uplift or encourage, a writer must step outside of any personal comfort zone. The most effective stories are not written with a sense of human pride, but from the heart, and writing from the heart is humbling and often scary. These stories invite readers into the very presence of the writer’s core, where the tendency is to hide our mistakes and failures, and allow readers to see imperfection and pain.

This isn’t easy. It can effect the emotions of both the writer and the reader, inducing tears or laughter, but God does lead some to write this type of story for a purpose.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. I Corinthians 1: 3-4

This morning I read stories posted by Paul Dawn on his Hill Country Thoughts blog and was amazed at the depth of his ability to communicate his heart, but, then, Paul has endured tribulations in order to arrive at the point where he can encourage and inspire others with such honesty and courage. God has comforted Paul and now Paul is sharing that comfort with others. What a blessing, to be used of God in this way.

You can read Paul’s blog postings at

© 2004 Janice Price

1 comment:

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Jan, it's good to see you giving Paul encouragement and promoting his blog! - Donna