Thursday, January 29, 2009

Writing What God is Teaching Us


Okay, this photo doesn't have anything to do with my post. I just wanted to share because I thought it was so pretty! It's the chapel on my son's college campus. He was so thrilled to get decent snow! We may get a quarter to half inch once a winter here in Georgia, so this 2+ inches was a real treat for him. He even went sledding. :)
Okay, now for the real post.
There’s been some discussion on the Faith, Hope and Love loop this week about studying the Bible and about whether we writers find we’re writing stories about things God is teaching us at the moment.

I have to say that this happens to me. And even if it’s not something I’m currently dealing with, then it’s usually something I’ve dealt with in the past. Plus, I have general themes that seem to pop up in my writing over and over.

The book I’m writing right now (just finished first draft on Sunday!) is about forgiveness after betrayal. I’ve not had to forgive for any big betrayal, but I have had to learn to forgive people for hurtful things in everyday life and relationships. I’ve also had to ask for forgiveness so have been on that side as well. And sometimes, forgiving or asking for forgiveness is a hard thing to do. I’ve had to ask God to help me forgive, even when I didn’t really want to.

In my story, A Forever Christmas, which will be out from Steeple Hill Love Inspired in November 2009, my heroine (a privileged rich girl) broke up with the hero (bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks) at her parents’ insistence when she and the hero were in high school—so he felt rejected. He then turned about a few months later and married someone else (a friend of the heroine's). Of course, that left the heroine feeling betrayed, because she still loved him. (There's more "stuff" in there that caused the breakup and betrayal. I'm just simplifying for this post.)
Anyway, in the story, they have to learn to forgive each other before they can find love again. And they can only do that with God’s help.

So yes, lessons God has taught me show up in my books. How about you?

Missy

6 comments:

  1. Bigtime. Almost everything I've written has lessons I've learned through life in them.

    The main one is stepping out of the darkness, in faith, into the light.

    No matter how far from the light we are, God always wants us to turn toward Him!

    A few blogs I've visited this morning prompted this discussion of light/darkness from me as well...that's interesting.

    Wonder what today will hold.... **smile** Great post.

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  2. Lynn, I'm sure this day will hold lots of light! :)

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I have found that whatever the theme of my story is, that's exactly what God is trying to teach me. Then, no matter what, every Bible study I do, every sermon I hear, seems to speak to that. God is so good.

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  4. Mindy, you're right. It seems that when we're in the midst of learning something, then we see the message everywhere!

    It's kind of like when you're about to buy a new cell phone, you start to notice everyone's. Or if you're going to paint your house, you notice every house you pass. :)

    God just throws opportunities for learning right in our path!

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  5. Great post, Missy.

    I'll share that I have had something missing in my characters. I knew it, couldn't put a finger on it.

    In my bible study, I'm in Exodus and had read about the plagues God put over Egypt and then hardened Pharoah's heart so he wouldn't let God's people leave. This week, my pastor addressed Exodus at our prayer meeting. Exodus of all things, this is what I'm thinking. Well, the way he explained these plagues, relating them back to everyday life and the blame we many times put on each other and ourselves, really opened up what I'd been trying to reach for my characters all along. My answer had been right in my bible, right where God let me. I'll ditto Mindy, God is so good!

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  6. Christy, that's so amazing! I love when God does that. :)

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