My Ink Dance

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Beauty In Darkness

I’m finding a place of hope here in this space. This little corner where I’ve allowed myself to be free from the perfectionism that silenced my creativity and left my fingers hovering over the keys.


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That doesn’t mean I always know what to write or the words flow without struggle. It means I have a hope that I didn’t have a month ago. Hope that God can use my words. Hope that He is the author. Hope that my dream is real.

But the truth is that the process is dark and filled with wait. There are places that are slow and quiet, dark and cracked. Moving through me in ways I don’t understand. Ann Voskamp describes hope with such raw, dirt under your nails beauty and it reminds me that hope is found in those places that seem the least likely.

In order for there to be hope, there must be darkness. There must be something less than beautiful to stir up that place of longing for more.

Sometimes we can feel our way through the dark and find it ourselves. Sometimes we need someone to open our palm and place it in our hands as tears stream down our cheeks. Sometimes we need to wait long and cold until the winter passes and spring breaks through.

If we keep looking, keep sharing and keep waiting there is hope.

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Don’t be afraid of the dark.

I went a bit over my five minutes today. That’s happening more and more lately, which leads me to believe my writing is getting stronger and my ideas are flowing more. This is as exciting as it is scary. But God is in those places and so I wait in what I cannot see for the hope that is growing inside.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

7 Replies

  1. Yes!!!! May He guide your every keystroke and as you fearlessly get your hands a little dirty:) We all have shadows…the choice we face is whether we have the courage to keep our faces turned toward the side of light. Wonderful post Becky!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you Meg! Keeping our eyes to the light can be so hard to remember. It does take courage. Thank you!

  2. Beautiful, Becky! It’s good to “meet” you. This caught my attention…”hope is found in those places that seem the least likely.” Amen. Keep writing, keep sharing. Your words are a gift! It’s a joy to follow you at Jennifer’s this week. Bless you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you so much for your kind words Julie! Have a great week!

  3. That last line, ” don’t be afraid of the dark” got me big time. If everything is all shiny and pretty, I won’t learn to trust God.
    Powerful words!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s so hard though, right Sarah? I want it to be all rosy and bathed in light, but I want to trust God. But if we had the choice of easy times and a little trust or harder times and deep trust, which would we choose?

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