Tuesday, January 30, 2007


The other day I was listening to the radio when the Mary, Mary song Shackles came on. "Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance," I sang along, getting my groove on as I cleaned up the kitchen. A scary sight for sure.

When the song was over, I pondered the shackles I have as a writer. How many times has the enemy sat on your shoulder making you question your abilities. Who are you kidding, you'll never be published. You're a horrible writer. Why bother?

Satan is the master of pity parties, and oh the buffet he will spread before us. Pick your poison.

But, as in everything the evil one torments us with, we have the power to break those shackles. If you're doing what God has called you to do, who is Satan to tell you otherwise?

How does the enemy torment you? Are you going to let him push you around? Or are you going to exercise the power you have in Jesus Christ and dance?


  1. Way to go, MIndy. Great topic and great thoughts.

  2. Thanks for this. I am the poster child for procrastination. I wrote a novel three years ago. Rewrote it last year. Decided to submit it to an agent this year in January. In one hour it will be February. Why?

    It's not about rejection. I don't know if the story I'm writing is the story to write. Stupid. Thanks for reminding me to get over it.

  3. My son was in the Continental Singers and sang that song (Shackled) in the concerts. It has a special significance for me:-) However, your topic is awesome. I just sent in a request for a full to an agent. I realized I'd forgotten to add the publishers that requested fulls also. I felt very unprofessional and stupid all of the sudden. The interesting thing is that I emailed the agent and found out I'd mailed it to the wrong address through no fault of theirs or mine. The box they'd rented for years was suddenly closed by the post office box company. It was so amazing that they emailed me back right away to help me solve the problem. God was on my side. If I hadn't double checked some info, I wouldn't have known the problem. Even when things go oddly, God lines up the steps to keep you on track even when you think you are off:-D

  4. Excellent post, Mindy. So true of me, too. Those little thoughts of self doubt.

    And I love what you said: If I'm doing what God has called me to do, who is Satan to tell me otherwise??

    Love it!! Amen to that.