Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 15 - Remain

Remaining Confident Even When You Don't Know What Comes Next 


Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord' be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

The only way for me to remain confident is to put my confidence in the Lord. That's me now.

I am not a confident person. In my work, I've always felt as though I lacked something. No one ever told me that; the feeling is completely on me. For years, that feeling made me work very hard, for long hours at my job and when that wasn't enough, I went back to school. Then I had to pursue a high GPA, no B's for me. Enough was never enough, just more to prove. Now, I'm trying to put that behind me.

Maybe, that will be hared as I start on the writing path, but the source of my confidence in writing must come from Jesus, and remain there. If I truly believe that He has called me to write, then  my confidence to be in only one place. Not myself. Not my readers. Only in Christ.

Confidence is not "They will like Me.
Confidence is "I'll be fine if they don't." 
-Cristina Crimme.

I must resolve to remain strong and confident in Jesus, and trust Him to give me the words for just the right person and purpose. If I hold fast to this belief, I will be fine. I won't lack anything, and I'll win this race!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 14 - Try

Keep Trying

We can only try, and keep trying, until God perfects our efforts according to His plan for the work. The work is hard, yes, but worth it. I've told my children before that anything worth doing is worth working hard to accomplish.

My son plays piano beautifully and he's had to work hard to get there. Trying different practicing techniques and different pieces that challenge him. I used to sit next to a little boy, just learning play, so that he wouldn't feel alone or give up. Now, he's 20 years old and working on a degree in music. I've recently started telling him to pray before he plays and responds, "I always do." I thank
God for that.

As I embark, more seriously than ever, on being a Christian writer, I'm finding so many things to help me get better at it. I will try different methods to improve my technique and help me to reach more readers for His purpose. I will try to meet that challenges set before me with positive resolve. I will try to wait for His prompting and rely on His direction.

My writing is worthless outside of His covering. I will pray before I write.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 13 - Invite

Accepting the Invitation

I've been invited into this writing life and I've accepted the invitation. Why wouldn't I? It's going to be a great fun. Right? OK, maybe not fun all the time. I expect there will be as many tears as there will be smiles, but it's too late to say no now. I've already accepted. My presence is expected, even wanted. I'm wanted. I've never felt so wanted.

I'm alone in this job. There isn't department meeting or presentation people are waiting for me to start. I'm not in leadership here. I'm under God's leadership, under His authority in a place of submission. SubWHAT! That's out of character for me. How did that happen? I received His invitation.

Here's the thing, if I don't engage with God, if I don't submit to His will for my life, if I don't invite the Holy Spirit into my mind and heart every time I write (and accept His guidance), God will find someone else to convey His message. That is an opportunity I'm not willing to pass up.

He's called me to this writing thing, yeah -- it's a thing for me now -- and I'm working at doing it well. I'm not there yet, but I'm still running my race and since I'm a slow runner, it's going to take time. This is not a sprint after all, it's a marathon.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 12 - Write

Write the Truth

Proverbs 3:3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Writing is my voice. You see, my voice, the one I speak with just isn't heard. What I say, the way I say it, my facial expressions, my tone, the way I verbally communicate -- it's almost never received in the way I intend and I don't understand why this happens.

I'm trying to hear myself the way others do. I try to be conscious of my words so much that there are very few people, with whom I can be myself. I try to speak softly, to be kind and considerate with my words and it hurts me when I am not accepted.

Do I stop talking, stop communicating using speech? REALLY? I hope people get me in the written word, because I'm giving up on talking. Well, not really because that would be hard. However, I'm all in with the hard work of learning to write well. I will work at writing because it makes my heart happy.

I know that not everyone will be a fan, that I will post something that offends, irritates or provokes some unexpected reaction. If I'm a writer that is being read, it's inevitable. I promise, though, that I will make every effort to write with kindness and truth, and by the grace of God, He will write them on the tablet of my heart.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 11 - Remember

Do You Remember?


Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

In this verse, the Lord is asking Joshua, "Have I not commanded you?" He's saying remember My instructions and trust Me. 

We all need reminding from time to time. I know that I sometimes forget that God is with me always. I have nothing to fear when I place my trust in Him. 

We all become from our daily burdens, fearful of upcoming events, or especially fearful of what God has called us to do. Like Joshua we must strong and courageous. In this call to write, that I believe God placed in my heart, I am courageous...today. I will approach it one day at a time. 

As I take the steps laid out for me at the writers' conference I just attended, I'm sure I will be at least doubtful of my ability to take the next one and the next. These feelings will be overcome by my Lord, through the Holy Spirit, Whom He gave me for just this purpose. I am confident in His ability, even if not my own. I will remember today why I'm writing.

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This is the October Free Write from Five Minute Fridays, that's 31 days of writing with a new prompt each day. My first year and I've taken up the challenge even though I'm starting late. http://fiveminutefriday.com/community/