Sunday, March 3, 2024

Discover the Stones to Fight for Time to Write

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. I Samuel 17:40

I don’t know about you, but there was a time when I discovered I had a Goliath in my life. No, it wasn’t a person—it was an obstacle—and it was standing between me and God’s victory. 

My enemy was time, or more accurately, the lack of it. 

As you may have guessed, time wasn’t really the enemy. I discovered time is neutral. Instead the problem came from how I was using it. I had begun to let other things crowd out God’s priorities in my life. When that happened, everything spiraled out of control.

And just like David I had to tackle the problem head on.

But first I needed to pick up the weapons God had given me. Just like David chose five stones, I found five things I needed to re-orient my life. 

5 Stones Every Writer Needs

1. The very first stone I picked up was God’s truth. Without that as a basis, I knew I’d never have victory.

2. The next was faith. Without faith in God and His power working through me I’d never be able to enter the fight, much less win it.

3. The third stone was discipline. I had to be willing to put God’s truth into action in the fight against my Goliath.

4. The fourth was prayer. I had to keep the lines of communication open as I fought.

5. The fifth was perseverance. I realized I had to follow through and use the weapons God has given me.

So what are you fighting? God’s given you access to the tools you need for victory. All you have to do is reach down and pick them up.


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. She’s learned to embrace the ultimate contradiction of being an organized creative. 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, often using creativity to empower this connection. The Write Conversation, the blog she developed and manages, reaches thousands and has been on the Writer’s Digest Top 101 Sites for Writers since 2017. As a social media and blogging expert she’s worked with clients that range from authors and speakers to business and ministry leaders. She also knows the necessity of Soul Care and leads retreats, conferences & workshops around the world on staying connected to God. Her numerous books, including the award-winning Soul Care series reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts. She’s the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and board member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

She and husband Kirk have been married 42+ years, and live near their three sons and three grandchildren in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Edie and Kirk can often be found with their big black dog hiking—Edie hanging off ledges for the best camera angle and Kirk patiently carrying her tripod. Connect with her on her website, and through social media.


  1. Thank you for your post. Such a great reminder. At times it is so easy to get bogged down on what is outside of me instead of the strength that lies within me.

  2. Wonderful metaphor, Edie. Goliath exists in so many forms.

  3. How we choose to use time and face our enemies (often internal as you aptly described) is one of the fierce giants we battle, for sure. Only this morning I awoke to another writer's voice in the 540 Writing Community's Zoom room saying she has to stop doing everything but her writing, to choose instead to do what God was calling her to do: write. And so 4 of us faced our computers this morning and prioritized our morning hour before breakfast to use our stones to fight our enemies of procrastination. Or fear. Or stuckness.