Sunday, September 4, 2022

A Prayer for Your Writing Dream & Against Discouragement

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)

Dear Lord, You have put a dream in the heart of every person reading this. This dream is such a fragile thing. But is it really? In truth, with its roots resting in You, it’s one of the strongest things we have. Lead us places to help this well-rooted dream grow. Keep us from yanking it out from the root when we are frustrated and don’t think things are moving the way they should or as quickly as they should. 

Protect us and this seed dream from discouragement. When we feel overwhelmed with a loss of hope, turn us back to You. No matter where we are in this process, there is opportunity for discouragement to grow around these dreams like weeds keeping them from flourishing. Give us some weed-killing friends and encouragers. Don’t let things that happen or things that are said to choke our dreams to dust. 

There have been opportunities for each of us to be singled out and encouraged. These can be uplifting to those receiving this recognition and discouraging for those who don’t receive the same acknowledgement. Each of these leaves us open to growth or bitterness. Help everyone to choose growth. Don’t allow these things to stop our progress. Instead use them in our lives to strengthen our resolve and make us strong and more able for Your service. 

You have planted these dreams we carry with us. Remind us that we can trust You in the growth process and to provide the exact nourishment—at the exact right moment. Teach us to take the difficult things and use them to make us better. 

Give us wisdom to see that an easy path is rarely the best path. Struggles make us stronger and more able to encourage others along the way. Give us the wisdom to see that You allow hard times for a purpose to bless. Instead of wallowing in the difficulty, remind us to search for and hold onto Your strength. 

Give each of us encouragement along this journal. Guard the words spoken to each of us, those who speak them and the hearers. Let us all be fully and completely devoted to You and Your purpose. 


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. A beautiful prayer, Edie. I pray it this morning. Thank you!

  2. Edie, thank you for the encouragement! Here is my favorite line from your prayer: "Instead of wallowing in the difficulty, remind us to search for and hold onto Your strength."

  3. Beautiful, Edie. Thank you for the encouragement.

  4. Such a beautiful prayer, Edie! Thank you. I especially liked your wisdom expressed in these words: "The easy path is rarely the best path." How good God is to give us not what we think we want, but what He knows we need!