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It’s God

It’s God who does the choosing of how He sees fit using and blessing us with riches of His grace.

And it’s God who sets in motion every dream, and thought, and notion, and answers us when we kneel to pray.

And it’s God who makes a winner from a helpless, hopeless sinner, and shows us how to better run the race.

And it’s God who knows the hour when He’ll show His mighty power, and all mankind will look upon His face.

 

Friend, you are not alone on the journey of following Christ. And, if you’re a steward of story, you are not alone I that special calling. You may be a published writer, or someone–like me–who dreams of that experience. But if you know God, you’ve already had the greatest blessing possible:  you are a child of the King! And, don’t forget, our God is a writer…He wrote your name in the Lamb’s Book Of Life.

Write on, my friend. You’ll never write alone when God is your Heavenly Father. Have a great weekend.

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“The Divine on Display”

A kindergarten teacher observed her class while they were drawing pictures during art time. She would occasionally stroll around the room to see their work, offering compliments as she moved from desk to desk. She noticed that one little girl was working ferociously, her tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth and her tiny hand moving the colored marker with firm strokes.

The curious teacher halted beside her desk. “You are really concentrating, dear. What are you drawing?”

Without taking her eyes off her paper, the little girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.”

It took a few seconds for the teacher to catch her breath and her thoughts. “But, sweetheart, no one knows what God looks like.”

“Well, they will in a minute!”

As writers, are we just as convinced that we can put the Divine on display in our stories? If not, why not?

No, we can’t produce a drawing of deity or a take a supernatural snapshot. But we can reveal His heart. In Christian fiction, it isn’t just our privilege but our duty to do so. Whether between the lines or in the words, we should work hard to help people see God, to find hope in despair, and light in darkness. Writing is one way we live out our discipleship in this world, and, as disciples, we are commanded to be salt and light.

Is there potential for your readers to step closer to God because they read one of your stories? Ever heard back from a reader who told you just such a thing happened?

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Top 10 Ways to Serve God as a Writer

#10:  Make your writing a celebration of God’s love, not an attempt to earn it.

#9:  Stay amazed by the creative process in which God has allowed you to take part.

#8:  Realize that writing is a privilege not to be taken lightly.

#7:  Be diligent to keep yourself humble & teachable.

#6:  Approach writing as a ministry instead of a hobby.

#5:  Recognize the responsiblity that comes with being a “steward of story” who is entrusted with the power of words.

#4:  Take time to be a blessing to other writers.

#3:  Embrace contentment while pursuing excellence.

#2:  See Writing as an act of worship.

#1:  Know that, as a Christian Writer, you are involved in spiritual warfare. Believe YOUR writing can be a powerful weapon against the forces of darkness, a source of comfort and healing to the wounded, a line of encouragement and strength to other Christian soldiers, and can bring hope and victory to those who need to be freed from the power of the evil one.

 

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Harry or the Deer?

A group of friends paired off into twos and went hunting for the day. That night one of the hunters returned to the campsite alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.

“Where’s Harry?” the other hunters asked.

“He broke his ankle a couple of miles back up the trail.”

Several of the other hunters jumped to their feet. “You left Harry by the side of the road, and carried the deer back instead?” one of them managed to blurt out.

“Well, sure!” He dropped the deer. “I figured that no one was going to steal Harry!”

 

There are no more life-shaping decisions than the ones that reveal our priorities. The developement and expression of what’s most important in our lives says a lot about our character. Why did we choose “this” over “that”? This pursuit of priorities takes place in our writing also. Writers are constantly bombarded with the urgent and forced to decided between sitting down to write, taking time to market, answer emails, polish proposals, and on and on the list goes. And that doesn’t even take into account the responsibilities of “real” life–where most normal people live.

But perhaps the most foundational question is this: Why do you write? Is it for fame? Money? Influence? Therapy? Fun? To break the monotony of your existence?

Keep in mind that most writers I know can walk and chew gum at the same time. They may write for a mixture of reasons at the same time. And they may write at certain times because of one pressing priority. We must be careful when we try to judge others. But we must be brutally honest when we evaluate ourselves.

Is God pleased with your priorities? Do you want Him to be?

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His Eye is on the Sparrow and…

     You know the rest of that song verse, don’t you? The finish to that line uses different words, but it still expresses today’s petition from “The Writer’s Prayer.”

     “Dear God, please help me remember WHERE I am, for I’M IN YOUR SIGHT.

     Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, My Rock and my Redeemer.”

     Hebrews 4:13 declares, “For there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

     I want the words of my stories to please God, because He sees them before anyone else.  Isn’t it thrilling that God watches us as we labor to craft stories that honor His truths?

     No matter where you are, God sees you. I’ve heard people describe the writer’s life as a solitary life–I’ve used similar descriptions myself. But beyond the fact that writer’s spend hours working alone, is the wonderful truth that during those times, God sees us. He has a plan for what we are writing.

     Be encouraged, fellow writer, God’s eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches you! He sees you when the writing flows like a raging river and when it jerks to a halt like it’s tied to a stump. He sees you when the agent calls and when the phone never rings. He sees you when the contracts are offered or when the rejections come instead. He sees you when a reviewer fillets your book like a cod-fish or when people tell you it’s one whale of a story.

     When we wonder if anyone is ever going to notice what we write, rest assured in this truth: We are in God’s sight. We really do write–first and foremost–for an audience of One. And that One loves you with a passion that is beyond measure.

     Does it encourage you to know that you’re in God’s sight? He does a pretty good job of watching over His children…don’t you think?

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