When writing, trust in your God-direction

As exciting as the road is leading up to a writers conference, for many, the ribbons of highway can become twisted, uphill and foggy by the end.

We arrive sure of ourselves. Sure of our writing. Sure of the whispers we’ve felt God breathing into our hearts.

Granted, some do pack their bags on the last day, exhilarated, liberated and awed.

But many others leave dazed and confused, wondering if the whispers they swore they heard were imaginary.

Futile.

Vain.

Agent and editor meetings, contract hopes and dashed dreams aside, the best thing about writers conferences are the lasting friendships made there. These are the sorts of friendships bordering on the camaraderie of soldiers on a battlefield, fighting to bring words of hope into enemy lands.

Indeed, writing with a Christian message is a battle. I am convinced the unseen powers and principalities are pretty pissed off when we decide to surrender our pens to Jesus and His Host. So praise God He leads us to places like writers conferences where troops can gather, refuel and recommit to hacking through the fray together.

If you are a discouraged writer, this verse from Psalm 18:30 (TMV).

Our God goes before us, and He comes behind.

He accomplishes all things in His time.

He has chosen you to bring light into the darkness with the arrows of your words.

Do not doubt your calling.

Do not surrender your bayonet.

Trust that Jesus Himself has road-tested your direction, and then rest in the convertible as the power and peace of His Holy Spirit courses through your hair . . . and your pen!

What a God! His road
stretches straight and smooth.
Every God-direction is road-tested.
Everyone who runs toward him
Makes it.

~Paalm 18:30

8 thoughts on “When writing, trust in your God-direction

  1. Sometimes we can become discouraged. The Devil is going to attack any ministry that is of God. We have to remain faithful to what God has asked us to do for Him. The Spiritual Battle can be strong, but your words of encouragement and scripture encourages us on. Thank you for your post!

  2. The audience of “one.” Sometimes you wonder if you even have that great of an audience, but then you discover there are readers, and listeners who do not comment but they are there. When you find that your words have blessed someone, challenged others and some have made life changing decisions, it causes us to keep on.

  3. “He has chosen you to bring light into the darkness with the arrows of your words.” I love that! As for me, I too WILL NOT surrender my bayonet! Thank you 🙂

  4. Funny, I just posted this quote on FB & Twitter this morning:

    ‎”Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching lives of those who will read your work and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” – Stephen King

    I think the problem with trying to write to a broad audience (which writers feel the pressure to do) is you may lose the audience God intended you to reach in the first place. But something tells me that will never happen with you, Amy. Because you write from the heart–a heart that believes that the light will eventually win out over the darkness.

    1. Katdish–I love you to pieces. It’s because of folks like you that writers like me can heed the advice of Winston Churchill, “never, never, never give up.” And along with that, never water down the truth. Never lighten up the truth. Never stop reaching toward the ones who need the words the most. ❤

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