by Brenda McGraw @BrendaMMcGraw
As I was walking past my office, I seemed to be able to find everything under the sun to distract me from what I needed to get done. There was mail to be opened, bills to pay, phone calls that needed to be returned, not to mention the stacks of papers and files that needed to be filed away where they belonged.
Remembering that a deadline was quickly approaching for an article that needed to be written, with no vision of what it would even be about, I found myself stuck.
How many times do we procrastinate until the last minute on starting a piece of writing for the website or magazine that is waiting for it? The months quickly pass by and we just let all the distractions of life swallow us up until we get that awful feeling of being overwhelmed.
Recently a question was posed in one of Jeff Goins’ Facebook groups: “True or false: You hate writing but love having written.” Jeff received 104 comments on this one question. What would your answer be? Do you love or hate to write?
My answer was, “False, I love writing.” I love the art of writing and count it a privilege to be able to be creative and share my words with those who read them. Of course, it is a blessing to also be able to “love having written” the words and be finished with the task that looms ahead, but the art is in the creating.
|Has God called you to write?|
Has God called you to write? Has this been confirmed through a scripture, a message you heard, another person or a pastor? Have you had the check in your spirit and can pinpoint the actual moment, day and year that God spoke to you and you heard Him say, “You need to share your story and mine”?
If the answer is, “Yes, I have been called to write,” therein lies your confidence to create what only you can create. It doesn’t matter if there are 1,000 better writers than you who have authored numerous books and you have yet to publish one; you have been commanded by the God of the universe to share your story, and His story through the beautiful art of words. The best answer to that calling is, “Yes, Lord!”
God will give us the confidence, but His first desire is to humble us to the point where we know it is not about us, it is all about Him.
Ways to obtain the confidence from God:
- Seek and trust His direction.
- Follow His leading.
- Pray for open doors.
- Learn daily.
- Listen to those who are farther along then you are.
- Fear not.
- Don’t fret.
- Be happy.
- Be thankful.
God does the anointing of His words; we just need to be obedient in writing them down. Many times it is the starting that is the hardest part. It’s finding the inspiration that starts our juices flowing, so to speak, until the words just flow from our mind, to our fingertips typing on the keyboard.
Ah, the joy of writing. It is a blessing beyond all I ever knew before I finally said, ‘Yes, Lord.”
You can do it. God doesn’t need us to do this writing, He allows us to do it. We are just His vessels. I want to jump and shout and proclaim victory when a piece is finished. Don’t you?
Ask God to give you confidence to create a mighty piece of art that He will anoint and use for His glory. Will you do that?
“Your testimonies are wonderful;
therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your way with those who love your name.”
Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.
Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
You can connect with Brenda at:
Website - http://www.askgodtoday.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-McGraw/e/B00GOIE7AG