Gayl Wright faithfully served as host of my linkup Literacy Musing Mondays for almost a year. She added so much and helped our community grow in so many ways. That is why I remember the day that I met Gayl Wright in person. Excited about the opportunity, I arrived at the Olive Garden 30 minutes early. We meet so many wonderful bloggers on line, but it is hard to meet any of favorite bloggers in person.
The one physical characteristic of Gayl that stands out is her friendly smile. The spiritual characteristic is her love for God, family, and friends.
The afternoon sped by quickly with laughter and fun. I knew I had a friend for life as I told her goodbye.
When you visit her blog, you will find simple, poignant words of encouragement as Gayl invites you into her mountain home. She shares poetry, creative writings, and stories of family and love.
Gayl Wright: Biography
I live in a log house on a hill in upstate South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My husband and I have been married for 42 years, raised 7 kids, have 13 grandkids with another one on the way. I am a seeker of truth and look for beauty in ordinary things. I love to explore new areas of creativity as I write for my blog, compose poems, dabble in my art journal or capture images with photography. I also serve on the support staff for The Mudroom Blog and have contributed there.
Gospel story: How she came to know Christ as her Savior.
My family was very active in church when I was growing up. My mother told me that I raised my hand and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was about six years old, but I had no remembrance of it. I would lie in bed at night wondering if I was a Christian and remember “asking Jesus into my heart” many times. One night at a youth meeting I couldn’t stand it any longer and began crying. We had a bonfire and each of us took a stick, threw it into the fire to represent giving our lives to God for His service. I prayed that night and made a commitment to God and have never looked back.
Her Favorite Verse and How It Became Important to Her
Ever since I can remember I have claimed Philippians 4:13 as my life verse. Earlier Paul describes how he has learned to be content no matter what the circumstances in which he finds himself. Then he tells us how. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” I remember that when I go through hard things but also in my everyday life. It helps me to stay focused on God and how I can do nothing without Him.
Her Blogging Mission
My mission is to encourage others and glorify God using the talents He has given me.
Her Top Three Posts Based on Readership Statistics
Because my current blog is so new, I am going to choose the two top ones from my former blog and one from my current one.
Her Three Favorite Posts
It’s hard to narrow it down to 3 favorites but here goes:
What Inspires Her to Write for Christ?
He is my Savior and Lord, who died and rose again so I could be free. He has blessed me in many ways and also provided for my needs. Through the years He has been faithful, and I have known His presence with me even in the hard times. He gives me a peace that I couldn’t manufacture on my own. Because of who He is and what He has done, I can’t help but write for Him. I want others to experience the peace and joy that I have.
Her Favorite Song
This is a hard one, because I have so many favorite songs! My favorite hymn is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”A song that has helped me through some difficult times is “Out of My Hands” by Tony Vincent. It reminds methat things may be out of my hands, but God is still in control and nothing can ever take me out of His hands. I still think of it often to encourage me.
Authors Who Inspire Her or Motivate Her to Write
I have been inspired by a variety of writers – Edith Schaeffer, Madeline L’Engle, C.S.Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Howard Pyle, G.K. Chesterton, to name a few. They all show the power of using story and imagination in writing. I believe their faith had a strong influence on their writing.
A Personal Blogging Story
I was still pretty new at blogging when I wrote this post two years ago : http://gaylwright.blogspot.
Her Blogging Tips
Write truth from your heart. Learn from others, but don’t try to be just like them. Develop your own style.Don’t worry about what others will think, and don’t write what you think they want to hear. Be authentic and use wisdom. Not everything needs to be shared. Try not to stress about your blog posts or how many readers you have. Pray about your blog and write what God puts on your heart whether it is devotional, DIY projects, stories, etc.
Last Minute Thoughts On Inspiration and Uplifting
I used to worry about what others might think of me, but I realize now that we are not defined by someone’s opinion. Our identity is in Christ. He enables us to grow and learn new things as we continually develop into the people we were meant to be.
Whether you are a new or seasoned blogger or are just in the thinking stages about blogging, remember that you are unique. There is room for everyone. Someone, somewhere needs to hear your words, your story, no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be.
Gayl’s Social Media Links
Current Blog: http://www.gaylswright.com/
Former Blog: http://gaylwright.blogspot.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/
Your turn: What inspired you most about Gayl Wright and her blogging story? Have you read her blog and what do you find inspirational about it?
Gayl Wright is also a contributor to the Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat (affiliate link). Be sure to check out this special book compiled by Susan Chamberlain Shipe. Proceeds from the purchase of this book will go to two wonderful charities.
Contributing to many linkup communities listed on my Linkup Parties page,
Be sure to check out my introduction post to see more features of inspirational Christian women bloggers.