I think the best way to answer the how and why of how this website and magazine came to be is to instead ask: Why does God sometimes take us the long way around just to bring us exactly where He wants us to be?
As a kid, I loved books and the one thing I wanted to do ‘when I grew up’ was write one. I carried books with me pretty much where ever I went. Reading led to writing, and I wrote and journalled all the way through school. When adulthood came around, things changed. Life became busier and I cut back on writing until I wasn’t writing much at all. I kept up my journal, though, and that became my lifeline for many years.
As anyone who is married with children knows, those are amazing milestones but they often bring major challenges. My faith was severely tested during our particular challenges, but I learned a ton about God and myself. The desire to write about these life lessons grew strong, but Life didn’t slow down and chances to write were non-existent. Not to mention I struggled to believe that anyone would care about what I had to say. But the desire kept building.
The writing drought lasted roughly 10 years.
Then, one day out of the blue, God dropped a story into my mind. I was at the park with my children, and while I was watching them I was also watching a novel unfold in my head. It was insane! But I could see and hear it—the words, characters, the tone, everything. I went home that day and started to write. Granted, it wasn’t very good. Not because the story was bad but because I was out of practice and I had no idea how to write a novel. But I got it down, all 25K of it, and sat back utterly amazed.
That marked the beginning of my journey as a novelist, writer, and blogger. At the time, I had limited skill, no resources, no experience, no network—just a conviction that I should write and a burning desire to do it.
It was just me and God. I was full of drive but had no clue how to accomplish my goal. So, I prayed for help, submitted my dreams to God, and threw myself into the whirlwind.
In about 5 years, I accomplished more than I had ever dreamed possible: I wrote and published my first book, The Purple Morrow, built my online platform, guest blogged and contributed stories to other online magazines and blogs, joined writing groups, and went on to write my next books. But writing and the quest for success had taken over my life. I believed that I had to keep producing in order to stay relevant, to keep my readers happy, and to keep my skills sharp. So, I kept pushing, kept working, kept writing. But, though I might have found success in one area of my life, I was failing at home. The day my daughter had a meltdown and shouted, “I hate your writing!” I knew something had to change.
Also, I was lonely. As busy as I was, and as many people as I encountered every day online and in groups, I never felt at home in the Christian or secular worlds. I kept reaching out to connect but nothing ‘took.’
Another problem was that I felt like no one understood the confusion that came from believing God had called me to something only to ‘change His mind’ halfway through. To have my vision suddenly cut off—even for extremely important reasons—hurt, and there was no one to talk to about it.
Just before I quit writing, I was sitting in a chocolate shop with my sisters and told them about my dream to create a blog for Christian Creatives to address the problems I had encountered. I figured I couldn’t be the only one who felt called to create while also feeling lost, discouraged, overwhelmed, and alone. I wanted to set up a place where we could support and encourage one another, promote our work, all while pursuing our creative spiritual call. I even had the name of a pseudonym picked out—Delia Talent was another idea that suddenly dropped into my head— and had started a sample blog, mission statement and all.
That dream stayed on the back-burner for the 2 years it took to me ‘handle my business’. My third book, Berserker, remained incomplete and my writing blog went nowhere. Everything I had built dissolved before my eyes and I eventually accepted that my dreams were dead. And oddly, I was at peace with that. I chose to focus on what God had put in front of me—my family and my job—and did that to the best of my ability.
And this is where we come full-circle. In 2018, God nudged open the gates and set me back on the road I had left. Within months, book three was published and my writing blog, Dropped Pebbles, resurrected. Then, almost on a whim, I went back to the old Delia Talent website, scrapped it, and started over. In February 2018, I launched the Delia Talent, a Christian Creative blog on Wix. In April, to better serve contributors and our readers, I moved to WordPress and rebranded as the Christian Creative Nexus. Then, about a year later, the Lost Pen Magazine was born. Et voilà!
I know it’s challenging out there: developing a craft; finding our way while trying to hear God’s voice; juggling work and family; trying to stick to our godly principals; networking; growing in our faith; dealing with disappointment; dealing with success…
My hope is that this blog allows Christian Creatives to gather and have fun while allowing God to shape us into the vessels He designed us to be. My prayer is that He will show us that in His hands, our creations become powerful, meaningful tools that can accomplish incredible things for His glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom.
I’d love to know your thoughts, a little about your own experiences or creative journey, and where you are in that journey.
And thank you for joining me on this incredible ride!
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.