I’ve come to realize that the things I fear the most are usually the most rewarding. Fear has prevented me from doing a lot in my life. Fear of the unknown. Fear of ‘what if’. Fear of putting myself out there and getting made fun of. The biggest of all, fear of failure. But you know what; God didn’t give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (Romans 8:14-16). I’m nothing but His humble servant. If He wants me to do this project (and I fully believe He does), then who am I to let fear stand in the way of His glory?!
It all started in 2004, when I hit a growth spurt in my walk with Him. I needed a way to get what was rolling around in my head onto paper. The only way I knew how to make sense of the senseless, was to write. It allows me to wipe away the fog which usually surrounds my vision. I followed my friend Drew Morris’ example and started writing VOTDs (verses of the day). It started out small; Bible roulette for me, completely random with no real direction. Then I decided to dig a little deeper and study a whole book of the Bible, verse by verse, and that’s the day it all changed for me. The Bible came alive in a way I’d never experienced before. I, too, was transformed (Romans 12:2).
Meredith C. Quintana has been writing since high school. When given the option to either write a poem or an essay, she chose the poem, thinking it would be easier. She quickly realized God had given her a talent for writing. Through this experience, she realized she had a unique way of looking at the world and was able to express it so others would see Him. Since then, Meredith finds inspiration in everything around her, especially nature. Meredith has found other outlets to express her creativity as well, such as making cards, painting and taking pictures, as you’ve seen in this book. It’s through these expressions that she feels most alive and aligned with God’s will for her life. She hopes to write more books in the future. You can see more of her work at her website: http://poet4him.blogspot.com.