When I was a little girl, I had 4 imaginary friends, 3 boys and 1 girl: Pokie Dokie, Osamala, Bum Bum, and Sally Smith. Sally was obviously the leader of this rag tag bunch, and to this day, I'm unsure of the origin of their unfortunate names. But . . .
The gang went everywhere with me. We laughed together, played together, and embarked on great adventures together. I blamed them for everything and they willingly took the punishment every single time. (Except when bodily injury occurred to one of my brothers. They always left me with the rap for that. Sigh. No friend is perfect.)
Then one day, they left to inhabit the land of imaginary friends and I grew up. But I never outgrew the love of story. My imagination was watered every time I opened the pages of a book and got lost in the twists and turns of the plot. More than once, my heart has been broken by a character or held in suspense by the question of what next.
Nevertheless, the little girl inside the grown up missed her friends, those friends with stories to tell.
Until a still, small whisper reminded me of a gift. An imperfect gift, but one with potential if only I would practice obedience, courage, and trust. Go ahead. Take one step forward. Untie the ribbon. Open the box.
And there they were.
Through the friction of pen to paper the boys came back, along with Sally and even more characters. Stories unfolded, filling up notebooks, journals, blogs, and books.
And there you were.
The ones who encourage me to keep writing, keep practicing, keep going, don't stop.
Thank you for your love and encouragement.
You inspire me.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.