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MY HEART BURSTS ITS BANKS, SPILLING BEAUTY AND GOODNESS. I POUR IT OUT IN A POEM TO THE KING, SHAPING THE RIVER INTO WORDS.   45:1, THE MESSAGE

Hi there, I’m Jody. It’s so nice to meet you. Before I called myself a writer (I was a mom and then a teacher) God gave me Psalm 45:1 as a theme for my life.

The words have proven to be true, even though it’s taken a while to get here. So–I write, beginning with scads of bad poetry in high school and journaling before it became a verb while I was raising my kids and teaching. As I dabbled in narrative and creative non-fiction, eventually some nice people printed my words and actually paid me. Throughout the years my essays and Letters to the Editor were published in our city’s newspaper, various teaching journals and even People Magazine.

When I discovered blogging during a weeklong snowstorm back in 2012 I was overjoyed at the reach of my words and the welcoming community of like-minded Christian writers and supportive readers. Since then, my site has grown and changed and I still find writing is the best way to decipher my days.

In addition to my work here, several essays, guest posts and poetry have appeared in print and online at (in)courage, Makes You Mom, She Loves Magazine, The High Calling, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Grace Table, Barren Magazine, iola magazine, Relief {the Retreat} Journal and more. You can find those links HERE.

Also, on the tabs above you can sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter, Random Acts of Writing, find my blog posts under the “Journal” tab, read more about my Christmas book, Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas and discover some of the topics I enjoy writing on the “Categories” tab.

I am by nature a Connector, Communicator and Cheerleader and enjoy the ways that social media makes all those roles possible. You can follow my trail of birdseed over on Twitter , find me on Instagram @jody_lee_collins, where I post poems and lots of flower photos, or see the family pix of my children and 6 grandkids over on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!