What a Gift

Written by Joyce C. Lock


Closerepparttar door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Dont try to figure out what other people want to hear from you. Figure out what you have to say. Itsrepparttar 126369 one and only thing you have to offer.

-- Barbara Kingsolver

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I ran across this quote and have often thought it true ~ not only with authors, but with graphic and stationery designers, etc.: often, people pleasers; sweet, generous, and precious ~ but missingrepparttar 126370 best. God dwells in our heart. Thus, our calling involves followingrepparttar 126371 passions God has placed there; not making everyone else happy, not meeting other's demands, not fulfilling every request inrepparttar 126372 universe. If you are tired, in service, you are carrying a weight God did not place there. Leave whatever else forrepparttar 126373 next person, as they are called. Remember, we, also, are called to trust God to dorepparttar 126374 rest.

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Recently, I found a really neat site that was, almost joyously, shoutingrepparttar 126375 need to hurry up and write whatever God has given you to share. Though, it brought me to question if you even realize, to what extent, God has given yourepparttar 126376 power to make a difference. Even so, many have been in your own personal, and sometimes horrendous, tribulation for quite some time. Though, I wonder how much you realize these hard times happen to you (as they are happening to many others) so you will know where others are, whatrepparttar 126377 need is, and what words need be shared. God gave writers. That means, if you are a writer, you are a gift and it was God that decided such. It had nothing to do with your writing skills, butrepparttar 126378 desires of your heart. There is a hurting world, out there, even more desperate than our situation may feel. And during times you have no new words to share, your 'already written seed' is still available to help others that have not yet caught up to where you are spiritually.

A Scriptural 'How to' for Writing ...

Written by Joyce C. Lock


If you want to know how to be a successful writer, byrepparttar world's methods and standards, I have absolutely no idea. However, if you have a passion to use writing as a tool to reach people forrepparttar 126368 Lord, have I got Good News for you!

A Scriptural 'How to' for Writing ...

Once I discovered that scripture provides 'how to's' to be successful at whateverrepparttar 126369 Lord calls us to;repparttar 126370 Bible became so exciting! For example, pay close attention to this verse.

"I amrepparttar 126371 vine, ye arerepparttar 126372 branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,repparttar 126373 same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

John 15:5

The key word is 'abide'. All we have to do, to reach MANY forrepparttar 126374 Lord, is to abide. Now, abide does not mean to be good enough or to do anything better thanrepparttar 126375 next guy. It is about having a close knit, moment by moment, relationship withrepparttar 126376 Lord. And, it does not mean we are not allowed to have another thought. Though, when busy with daily chores or driving inrepparttar 126377 car, consider listening to Inspirational music or a sermon on tape (just whatever ministers you); directing your thoughts toward God. Begin to consider television and radio preferences; not for legalism's sake but, to protect your mind toward better things. Envision God standing right beside you, wherever you go. Then, whenever you have a thought, share it with Him as you would a friend ... and be sure to listen, too. Now, that would make His day, as His greatest desire is to dwell with you! And, soon, you will begin to discover things that matter to your heart and His. As those feelings begin to surface,repparttar 126378 Spirit begins to move, andrepparttar 126379 words begin to flow ~ write them down. Then, with just a few touch ups, you will have a guaranteed Masterpiece!

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