Saturday, March 24, 2007

When You Can't Ignore the Signs

A few weeks ago a friend gave me a series of Joyce Meyer CDs. A week or two later, another friend bought me a Joyce Meyer book, "Battlefield of the Mind." This past week another set of Joyce Meyer CDs were loaned to me. Curiosity won. God got my attention. What was He trying to tell me?

My friends do not know each other, and yet, each individual felt led to give me these gifts. One set is titled "The Price of Progress: Going to the Next Level Always Costs Us Something!" I admit that I was a "little" intimidated by that title. Okay, a lot. Would it be reasonable to assume that God might be trying to prepare me for the next level?

Two weeks ago I posted the revelation that God wants to take my writing down a different path from historical to women's fiction. In this process, He is encouraging me to alter my style from simple entertainment to deep, spiritual stories inspired by personal experiences. It is so tempting for me to be fixated on the cost of this new level, yet I know that God is expecting me to trust Him, as He has brought me through so many other things. I've got to be loyal to His faithfulness.

Are you willing to write something different if God asks you? Do you think you could? What are you willing to pay for progress in your writing? There is a cost.

God first wrote the law on tablets of stone. Signifying that it would be hard to keep. It was broken. Signifying that we would break God's law. God once again wrote the law, but this time on the hearts of men. The price of this final progress was Jesus' life.

"And the Lord said to Moses, `cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.'" Exodus 34:1 (NKJV)

"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they will be My people." Hebrews 8:10 (NKJV)

5 comments:

  1. Yes, everything has a price. But if we don't make the choice, the choice is made for us. I'd rather be the one acting on God's leading than the one letting something or someone else draw me away from it. Excellent post:-) It made me think of one other thing, do you all realize how long it must have taken Moses to carve out the tablets from stone and to carve the words of God in them? Think about it...I doubt he climbed the mountain with all the right tools in hand. So we start our path and work with what God gives us.

    Angie
    PS I'll be in Idaho Falls this weekend for work. Anyone who is in the area (readers or any authors) I'd love to visit. I'll check the comments up until Sunday morning about 9 a.m. Otherwise, I won't be able to any longer after that.

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  2. Jenn,
    Thanks for the insight. Yes, there is a cost to all, but oh is it worth it. The joy that comes from following Him is awesome.

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  3. Jenn, are you talking to me? Just this week, God revealed that He's taking my writing down a different path. He gave me signs I couldn't ignore. I'm scared, but willing. Well, at least now I am. I wasn't at first. Then He so graciously reminded me of my promise to lead where He follows. Me and my big mouth :-) Kidding. For those of you who haven't figured it out yet, I'm a smart aleck by nature.

    I can't wait to see where He leads.

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  5. Jennifer,
    I always enjoy your insight on God's word.

    About Joyce Meyer ~ This weekend I obtained "Battlefield of the Mind" from my Mom. This is something I deal with every minute of every day and I know holds me back in my writing and dealing with others.

    I hope I will be willing to make any changes God leads me to. I just hope I'm listening!

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