Walking By Faith As A Christian Writer

After many days of rain and dreariness, I recently decided to take my god-nephew to a local park. This particular park has a Spacenet that leads to a 38-foot tube slide. When this structure was built, it was described as the tallest slide in the southeast region. However, height did not deter this brave and determined 6-year-old. He began to climb the pyramid-shaped Spacenet with confidence.

It wasn’t until he was almost at the top, nearly 38 feet in the air, that he looked down and told me he was afraid because his hands kept slipping. When I asked him if he wanted me to come get him, he paused and then said, “No! I’ve got this!” I continued to cheer him on and affirm that he did, in fact, have this. I genuinely admired his courage and tenacity to pursue something that seemed so much bigger than he is.

Our experience at the park reminded me of my journey as a Christian writer. God places ideas and dreams in our hearts, and it can be scary to pursue them when we don’t see how His plan will work out. Perhaps you don’t see the resources you need, you’re already super busy, or you don’t understand all of the details. We have to believe God is guiding the entire process and know that He is on our side! Even if you misstep somehow, He will be right there to catch you and place you where you need to be.

My god-nephew heard me cheering for him, but internally I was praying that God would protect him. I knew it meant a lot to him to accomplish his goal and I didn’t want my fear of him getting hurt to interfere with him reaching the top. Sometimes bystanders or even our loved ones will not understand what God has called us to do. Everyone will not understand the purpose God has chosen for you. At some point, you will experience such misunderstanding. And when you do, remember that it is God who called you, it is God you’re living for, and it is God who is supporting you and providing for you. You have been graced to be all He has created you to be, and this doesn’t warrant a second opinion.

Walking by faith requires action. If you’re experiencing hesitation in your journey as a writer, I urge you to pray for courage to walk with God and to not only take the first step, but to follow through until the end. There is a reason God gives you ideas and dreams; people need to read your writing! Don’t allow fear or worries to keep you stagnant, but instead embrace what God has placed before you and remember that He is with you every step of the way.

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Writing My First Christian Book: 5 Things I Learned

For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed writing. Even as a little girl, I wrote short stories and poetry. If I did not have my notebook with me when a great idea came to mind, I would write my stories on napkins. I also enjoy reading, and I knew that one day I wanted to write my own book. However, I had no clue what I would write about or how the publishing process worked.

Years later, in 2014, I began to sense more strongly that God wanted to use me through my writing. I had a few ideas in mind, but I wasn’t exactly sure what His plan entailed. I prayed diligently about my next steps and in 2015, God placed it in my heart to begin writing my first book.

At the time, I was in college, working a part-time job, and being paid minimum wage. I didn’t know how everything would work out or if I would be able to afford it, but I truly believed that God had asked me to do this. So, I decided to walk by faith and trust Him throughout the entire process. It has been a challenging yet fulfilling journey, and I have grown so much along the way.

Here are some things I’ve learned:

 

  1. Prayer

As a Christian writer, your greatest asset is a genuine relationship with God. He shares wisdom, insight, and creative ideas with those who are willing to listen and learn. God has the ability to reveal something to you in one moment, that may have taken hours to research and learn on your own.

Before and after I wrote anything that would be in my book, I prayed. Not only are we held accountable for our words, but I also wanted to make sure that my words were crafted in a way that was welcoming, genuine and relatable. Pray for your message and the impact it will have on those who read it.

 

  1. Purpose

God has a great purpose for calling you to write. He crafted you with special gifts and unique characteristics. No one else on this earth can do what God has called you to do, quite like you can. It simply won’t be marked by the beauty of your individuality. That idea you can’t stop thinking about, or the story you’ve been working on, will be a blessing to someone else.

However, if you choose not to answer God’s call, He will find someone else to fulfill that specific need in His Kingdom. Life goes on, and so does purpose.

 

  1. Prioritize

God is serious about your writing. Are you? If writing is what you truly believe God has called you to do, are you putting in the time and effort that is necessary to work on your assignment? Even if you don’t write every day, I suggest writing consistently and making it a priority. I have found it extremely helpful to make time to write, as opposed to finding time to write. I knew this was something that God had asked me to do, and I wanted to show Him that I had a serious and willing heart.

 

  1. Preparation

The hard work of a Christian author is not over once the manuscript is written. There are practical aspects to consider when writing a book. If I can be transparent, I could have spent much more time researching the process. There is quite a bit of strategic planning which must take place in regard to editing, formatting, publishing and promoting. When I write, I feel as though I am doing exactly what God has called me to do. However, preparation is just as important as writing.

 

  1. Pressure

You will face trials when you write a book that honors God. Do not allow those trials to discourage you or cause you to quit. They were designed to develop you and make you stronger. Everyone’s story will be different, but the most challenging part of my writing process was overcoming fear and shame. I chose to be vulnerable so that I could reach as many people as possible. That was not an easy thing for me to do, and God was still teaching me many of the things that I was writing about. He brought me to a place where I was comfortable sharing my story, and I began to understand that my writing was not about me, but the people who would be reading it. Again, God has purpose in mind when He calls you to something, and He will equip you with everything you need to fulfill that purpose.

 

As Christians, we are called to walk by faith. If you believe God is leading you to write a Christian book, go for it! God will bless you with the resources and support you need. He is ready to guide you beyond your comfort zone and into purpose!

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Losing My Light

I still remember the moment my dad told me that one of my older cousins had drowned. I sat across from my dad on my grandmother’s couch. It was a hot evening in July and my day had been perfect, until that moment. I stared through the glass door, watching as cars drove by. Someone that I loved, someone that I looked up to, someone that knew how to swim, had just drowned.

Recently, I found myself in a place where my time spent with God wasn’t as long, my perspective wasn’t as clear, and my smile didn’t shine nearly as bright. I had lost my light, and I was spiritually drowning.

“Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!”

Psalm 40:13 (ESV)

My cousin’s lungs were filled with more water, and less air, which made it harder and harder for him to breathe. Similarly, I saw less of God in my life, which weakened my spiritual connection. My faith was not strong, I didn’t have much joy, and my passion had almost completely dissolved. I was quickly drifting away and struggling to get back to my Creator, my Source, my Light.

If you’re like me and you’ve ever felt as though you weren’t thriving spiritually, you know that such a place can be discouraging. Whether a non-believer, a new Christian, or walking with God for many years, we all have a God-sized void that only our Savior can fill. Just as our physical bodies cannot thrive when disconnected from our source of life, we cannot thrive spiritually without the breath of God in our lives.

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

John 12:32 (KJV)

In an attempt to retrieve a football at the beach, my older cousin went past a sudden drop-off. He knew how to swim, but the sudden change beneath his feet caused him to panic. Strangers tried to help him. One man even dove into the water fully clothed, doing all that he could. But because my cousin was so frantic, no one was able to help him. He began pulling his rescuers down, further into the water.

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

John 15:4 (NLT)

What do you do when spiritually, you feel lifeless? Maybe you don’t desire God like you used to, or perhaps you’re desperate for that relationship to be refreshed and renewed. My prayer is that you will reconnect to your Source of joy, peace, and guidance. Without Him, we will never experience the fullness of the abundant life He desires for us to have. No matter how far you’ve gone, God is waiting with open arms, ready to welcome you back with a new beginning. However, the choice is always yours. Will you take His hand, or will you continue to sink?

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10 (KJV)

NEXT STEPS

If this message resonates with you, follow up by taking another step toward God. Watch this sermon from Pastor Chris Hodges at Church of the Highlands. He also has a great book on this topic called Fresh Air: Trading Stale Spiritual Obligation for a Life-Altering, Energizing, Experience-It-Everyday Relationship with God . It’s available on Amazon. If you’re in Alabama or surrounding states, you can come to a Church of the Highlands service and buy it at a discounted price. Better still, you can follow up by taking part in the Growth Track and the church will give you a free copy!

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