Monday, April 28, 2008

It's All About Him

First of all a big thank you to Amy Wallace for being a guest on our blog last week. It was great having you and I know you impacted a lot of people with your post.

As writers of Christian fiction ( and other types, I'm sure) we do need to remember who we write for and why. He is the true author. He's penned the most sold book in the world. He gives us the gift of a desire to write His words, the talent to write His words, the ability to learn the craft of writing His words.

He is the creator of all. He knows what we want to write before we write it. He gives us the experiences we need to write for Him.

Sometimes, (most of the time) this is too much to comprehend. Too much to think about and try to reason. It's amazing.

It's grace.

It's Him.

How do you spiritually prepare to write? Or if you're a reader are there any devotionals you especially like?

8 comments:

  1. When I sit down at the keyboard, I have to pray that the words I write will be His words and not mine. Sometimes I forget. Then I usually end up banging my head against the wall until I realize I've left God out of the equation. Then I have to come to Him and ask him to forgive me and to lead me. God is so good :-)

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  2. I hate to say I'm not nearly as faithful at doing this as I'd like to be, especially when I'm squeezing in bits of writing here and there. On days when I have a nice long writing period, I try to read my Bible first to get "in the groove."

    I do often have arrow prayers, where I dart up pleas for the right thing to say to show His message.

    Missy

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  3. Mindy and Missy,

    Great words. I'm not always the best at remembering either, especially when I have a very short time to write, but the more we do it the more it comes naturally.

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  4. I rarely get to sit down at my computer and just write. I carry a tote bag around with me and I either handwrite it on a notebook or use my AlphaSmart, depending on where I am and what I can get away with. If I'm in a boring meeting, workshop, conference, riding in the car while hubby drives, I can get away with a few paragraphs in a notebook much better than whipping out an obvious AlphaSmart or laptop. Of course, I'm sure this hurts my concentration and attention to detail, but we do what we must.

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  5. I don't want to sound "weird" but Bible study and prayer are two of my very sincere first loves. Lately I have been studying the names of God and writing about it on my blog. In this experience I have found writing comes easiest and best for me when I am "plugged in" meaning that I don't approach writing praying for God's words to flow. Instead, I find myself so tuned into God and His Word through study and prayer that the writing just flows.

    Usually that means a lot, and I do mean a lot of editing- grammar and sentence structure apparently fail to flow. That being said, most of the time it makes sense and I find a nugget or even a great big boulder of truth I had not realized before that very exercise. Free writing is one of my favorite exercise and it helps when I don't have a lot of life and junk between me and God.

    I am glad I stopped by... Blessings.

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  6. Michelle, that doesn't sound weird at all! It sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

    Missy

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  7. Jenn,

    I know what you mean by grabbing any minute you can writing--with whatever is available. You are going to succeed and succeed big girl! I'm just waiting for that email from you. I KNOW God has that planned for you.

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  8. Michelle,

    Sounds like you have tuned into God. I'm serious. What a different perspective. If we're tuned in 24/7 then we are already prepared. Thank you for stopping by and adding to the post by your words. Please come and visit again. Share some more. I know we can all learn from each other.

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