About April Rowden
When God says “Write,” you write.
Let’s talk about God taking someone out of their comfort zone. God is an expert in this field! It doesn’t matter if you are mentally or physically qualified. God knows the plans He has for us and boy are they good!
Writing is not something that I was ever encouraged to do and for good reason. You see, in the first grade, I was told that I have a learning disability in reading and math. The school’s experts used the term “slow” in their diagnosis regarding my learning abilities. The experts backed up their hypothesis by abruptly pulling me out of my normal reading and math classes and sticking me in a small room they called “special” classes. This made me feel stupid and set apart.
In the special classes, we did nothing. Instead of teaching kids in a way they could learn they just let everyone talk among themselves. It could have been because of the diversity of disabilities. Most were slow or suffered retardation, deafness, blindness, or some other disability that didn’t have a name back then. I was quite shy so I didn’t talk much and I learned even less. I was embarrassed to get up and leave the classroom each day while my peers were learning to read or do math. I wanted nothing more than to become invisible as I walked out of the room.
By the time I hit eighth grade, I found out about dyslexia in home economics class. It was the first time in my life that I didn’t feel stupid. I understood what was wrong with me. From that time on I refused to go to the “special” classes. After a showdown with the school’s leadership which included the superintendent, principal, and counselor. Each assured me that I needed these classes and would not pass to the next grade without them. I assured them that I was not disabled and would pass! They agreed to give me one quarter to prove myself but assured me that I would fail and have to go back into the remedial classes.
I worked hard to catch up with the class! I taught myself tricks to be able to pull a word together to read or write. I learned to remember spelling words as if I was looking at a picture. Writing didn’t always turn out like the picture and math was a real struggle. However, I made passing grades!
By the time I was a junior in high school my grades hit the B honor roll for the remainder of my school career, Even so, I never said, “When I grow up Im going to write a book.” But, here I am writing books.
Following God’s dreams are a whole lot different and better than settling for who you think you are. Just like me, you are more than a conqueror!