Every now and again, I am shocked to spot my name on the prayer list of the writing group I belong to. Why ever do they pray for me? Just because they can, that’s why. They pray regularly for every member.
That begs the question…do we really know who is praying for us? (click to tweet)
No, we do not. Somewhere, perhaps across the ocean, in another country, or even in the home of someone you consider to be an enemy, someone, led by the Holy Spirit, is praying for you.
So then when God brings even a difficult person to mind, can we do any less?
When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person (Luke 6:27, MSG). (click to tweet)
Prayer: Lord, as you direct us in prayer today, we will listen and obey. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
A techie writer of the twenty-first century I am not. I barely tweet and I recently closed down one of my Facebook pages because it gobbled too much time. The best writing tool is common sense. Be a writer who writes.
Read everything you can get your hands on. I pick up every freebie newspaper or magazine going. I read mysteries, novels, historical features and short stories. I peruse my Bible. A line, a verse, a thought pops into my head when I read other viewpoints. Once I get an idea, the article is not far behind and as the daily devotional writer for http://everydaychristian.com , I need all the fresh ideas I can get.
It doesn’t hurt to be a speed reader either. Practice this skill. It will save you both time and money.
Thirdly, I review and edit material for other writers. Because I’ve always edited my own stuff, I have a feel for what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been known to pull my manuscript out of the hands of a ‘professional’ editor who missed the whole concept of my article.
You don’t have to write a book in order to call yourself a writer. I’ve written a book a year for longer than I care to remember, but right now, I’m concentrating on blogging. I post on at least six blogs, including my own at http://heartfeltdevotionals.com
Some of the others include:
It costs me nothing but time and generosity to ‘fellow blog’ and I gain more experience, new friends and a following…simply because I write.
Brenda J Wood,
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It’s bad enough that I love it,…
but now chocolate has been found to be a natural cough suppressant! …
Oh, wait, I feel a cough coming on!
“What are your personal writing goals?” she asked?
This question posed a problem for me this week because right now they are all rather vague. Oh, I have a couple of devotional books on the hunt for a publisher and a children’s story waiting for its inspirational artist, but does that count? I mean, they are completed
However, new manuscripts languish far behind me. Or perhaps they are in the misty future? It matters not which, because they remain incognito.
It seems that my last book, The Pregnant Pause of Grief, the first trimester of widowhood, (and its accompanying sorrow) drained me dry. Will I right again?
Yes, of course, I will right again and even write again…as soon as God tells me what to write. I have no doubt because by nature I am both righter and writer. Stay tuned.
Follow the writing trail!
Eating out with my husband was always an adventure because he liked to confound his order (and the waitress!) with diner slang.
He might order “Adam and Eve on a raft, “or a “pig between the bed sheets.” (Poached eggs on toast or a ham sandwich) Other favorites were a “make him cry” (hamburger with onions) or “Adam’s ale and cow feed on the side.” (Water and a salad)
He and a seasoned waitress would laugh while an inexperienced one would scratch her head and look to me for translation.
Bible terms make sense after you’ve been a Christian for a while, but when we share Jesus with an unbeliever, words like washed in the blood, justification, and redemption scare them away.
There is one simple truth to share with an unbeliever. Even in the old style English of the King James, it makes perfect sense.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, KJV)
Prayer- Lord may our words encourage, not mystify. For Christ who died that we might simply believe. Amen.
Life is for living fully, living it to its fullest, as it comes, whether good or bad. We won’t recognize the best right away. Sometimes we have to live with the person, circumstance, etc. to figure that out. Sometimes it will disappear before we understand how much we loved it/them.
Sometimes we don’t even understand that we’ve been missing something, till it shows up. Let Christ’s love grow in your heart so that you can share it for all to appreciate. Brighten someone’s day today by choosing to live your life to the fullest and confounding those who don’t or won’t.
“Men and women listened when I spoke, hung expectantly on my every word. After I spoke, they’d be quiet, taking it all in. They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in. When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it; their faces lit up, their troubles took wing! I was their leader, establishing the mood and setting the pace by which they lived. Where I led, they followed.” (Job 29:21-25, MSG)
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”–Corrie Ten Boom
Prayer- Lord, surely we can summon enough of your strength to at least smile at someone today. Thanks, God. Amen.