Saturday, August 22, 2015

Remember to Write in Faith

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1



Sometimes I need to be reminded that, prepared or not, the outcome of my writing is in God’s capable hands. Sure I need to be obedient and do my homework. But then, I have to leave the results up to him.

Even the SMALL results.

He’s in charge of how each article, scene or blog post turns out— as well as how the book turns out. He cares about every aspect of my writing. He cares about the people who will read it and WHEN they read it.

My part is small, just obedience. I know what you're thinking, and I agree. It’s small, but it's NOT easy. We have to remember that the big stuff is God's. It’s not our place to think too far ahead in the process. Only He knows the end from the beginning.

When I let go of control—and just write in faith—my joy returns.


How about you. How do you Write in Faith when times get tough?

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Blessings,
Edie

20 comments:

  1. Edie, this is truly inspiring--a wonderful way to begin my (writing) day. Thanks for sharing, and for reminding me of a truth I shouldn't ever forget.

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    1. Elaine, thank you. It's easy to forget in the stresses of daily life. Blessings, E

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  2. Thanks for this awesome reminder, Edie.
    When writing gets tough--the words won't come, the characters won't behave, the ideas are as dry as last week's cornbread--is when I turn to him even more closely.
    When the writing business is frustrating--yet another rejection by an agent or editor, another market trend pops up we're all expected to follow, a traditional house decides to drop its fiction line--is when I turn to him more closely.
    Many times this begins with my saying, "Remember, this is your idea."
    And God saying, "Yep. So let's get back to work. You do your part and I'll do mine."
    And the trust is renewed and deepened and the fingers dance on the keyboard and the fun of writing returns.

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    1. Henry, I love that - "You do your part and I'll do mine." Great stuff! Thank you for sharing, Blessings, E

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  3. Wise words! Thank you for the encouragement today, Edie

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    1. Jeanne, I'm glad I could encourage you! Blessings, E

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  4. Edie,

    A timely post.

    I was led to make a decision this past week that seems counter-intuitive at best and counter productive at worst. But I was compelled to look at my activities, then compelled to make changes.

    It was a difficult decision but the conclusion of the matter is that either God is in control or I am. It can't be both. Much as I crave control, I had to give it up and trust God to for the results.

    In everything.

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    1. Carrie Lynn, that's so hard. I've had to make that decision and release that control. I'll be praying for you! Blessings, E

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  5. Oh, Edie, you know how much I need to hear this! Thank you!

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  6. Add me to the list of people who needed to hear this today. I'm encouraged and motivated to get back to my writing. Thank you, Edie.

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    1. Jan, I wish I could take credit for being insightful. Truthfully, I wrote this to remind myself. Blessings, E

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  7. Edie,

    Thank you for this!

    God has been calling me to write for a number of years now but as you say, "It’s not our place to think too far ahead in the process.” I get caught up looking at the end result and never get started because I don't have faith in myself. Your post reminded me that it isn't about having faith in myself, but rather, having faith in the One who gifted me with word. I am going to step out in obedience and see what God does with it.

    Your "Write in Faith" picture will be prominently displayed at my desk lest I forget that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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  8. Thanks again Edie,
    Timely reading for me and your post was confirmation to scripture I just read in James 1: 5-6. Often many easily desire the promises like asking for wisdom and it shall be given, but verse 6 reminded me just as your post does, to have that "faith, nothing wavering." Perfect timing as I need to polish a post after a crazy busy work week. God bless. Thank you for your faithfulness.

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  9. Wow! Seconds before reading this, I do mean seconds. I was really feeling sorry for myself. My books seem to have hit a dead end and there seemed to be no light at the end. I had forgotten the main reason in my life why I write. It is for His glory, not mine. Thank you for these words of encouragement. I think I will print them and stick them up on the wall as a reminder when I let self enter in.
    Thanks again, and God bless.

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  10. I am headed to the CCC this week at the Cove. For me the past week has been a disaster in writing. Every day the words became stiffer and more brittle. This post encouraged my heart! and reminded my Spirit that it is His work and my labor. Thank you!

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  11. This post was a great inspiration to me, Edie, as it applies not only to my writing, but to another situation I am dealing with right now. Thank you so much for reminding me that God is in control and how important it is for us to step out in faith and obedience!

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  12. When my faith wavers, I connect with my writing community and allow their faith to strengthen mine. That allows me to continue to write in obedience. Thank you for this reminder, Edie.

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