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What's your story?

Posted on October 1, 2019 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

At the Lord’s directions, Moses kept a written record of their progress. Numbers 33:2 NLT


Recently I attended the funeral of a friend’s father. Initially, I found it difficult sitting through the funeral because I didn’t know him. But as I listened to what others said about my friend’s father and watched his life scroll across the monitor, I was connected to him by his story.

 

At the Lord’s direction, Moses recorded the progress of the Israelites. God had delivered them from Egyptian bondage and knew their journey through the wilderness would be chock full of lessons that could benefit the next generation who read their story.

 

What can others learn from you about your life journey? What is God teaching you about waiting, illness, relationships, failure, sorrow, love, happiness? Maybe you thought the lessons you are learning along the way weren’t important enough to write down, but they are. And one day, although your readers may have never gotten a chance to know you, they will know you by your story.



 Are you keeping a written record of your progress?


Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne


Writing to make disciples

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19, 20, NLT


I’m always excited to hear when my Pastor puts emphasis on our congregation going outside of the walls of our church to share the good news of Jesus Christ, for it’s just a reminder of our primary purpose as Christians  – to go and make disciples.

 

Did you know that your primary purpose as a Christian writer is to also go and make disciples? For you are called to write words to help others know about the good news of Jesus Christ. You are called to write words to let others know of the wonderful plan God has for their lives when they choose to place their faith and trust in him. You are called to write to let others know of his desire to heal them from their deepest hurts and their deepest wounds.

 

Christian author Marlene Bagnull states: “While we may never never go more than a few hundred miles from our homes, our written words can go around the world and make a difference for all eternity”.

 

Are you ready to use your written words to make a difference in the world you live in today? Then go, write and make disciples!

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne


Responding to the call of writing:

 

As you reflect on the great commission found in Matthew 28:19-20, how do you believe God wants to use you as a Christian writer  to make disciples for his kingdom? Post your answer on my blog or engage with me on my Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/345280025595641/?ref=bookmarks) for Christian writers.  I enjoy hearing from you!

He still knows best!

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

He knows the road I shoudl take; He knows the path I shoud follow (Psalms 25:4, paraphrased

 

I received another one today. Another email saying I did not get an interview for a job I applied for. Another email saying I met the qualificiatins but they decided to hire someoone else. And I ‘ll be the firs to admit that it hurts. It hurts to keep getting turned down for jobs that I need.. It hurts that I’m not even getting an oportuity to inteiview to show them what I offer. It hurst that I am being turned down for jobs I’m not only qualified to do, but in sme cases over qualified to do; it hurts to know that maybe, just maybe I’m not getting considered because they added up the years I have worked and realized I was in my fifties or because they think I’m too “old.” No matter how strong of a Christian I think I am, getting rejected each time I submit an applicaton for a job hurts.

 

Just like it hurts to submit a job applicaton and get rejecrted, it will also hurts when you’re rejectef for publicatin; you’ve worked hard to ensure you have a quality manuscript, and you’ve worked hard to fnd a good publisher; yet, you still receive theat leter saying your manuscript does not fit their publicatin needs at this time; and you feel dejected and rejected.

 

 

 

But the good news it that the good Lord knows. He knows whether he wants me to work full-time again; he knows what he called me to do seventeen years ago when I stepped out of my career to puruse a new carerr as a christian writer; heknows my financial problems and my need to generate more income as I age and get closer to my retirment years;; he knows. And he knows which publisher he wants for your mansucript; he knows the exact timing for publicatons; he knows what you need to do to improve it.

 

So I’ll contnue to trust him; I”ll continue to let him know howmuch it hurts everytime I am rejected for empoyment; i’ll contiue to pray for wisdom whether this is anothe closed door because he still wants me to be home and workpart-time; and for the right road that I should take regarding meplyment; and I’ll contineu to write and put down my thoghts regaridng my journey. For in spite of the rjectins, I have t ocointine to believ ethat he still knows what is best for me.

 

 

 

Yet, I ahve asked God each time I have applied to open the doors he wants open regarding employment and to close the one he wants closed and for the widdome to know the difference; now that many doors have clsoed rearding the jobs I have applied for, it’s up to me to beleive that God stillknows best regarding my employment situation. He knows what I don’t know. He sees what I don’t see. And I have to continue to trust that he’ll open up the right door of emploment for me in his own time and his own way.

 

 

 

Whether it’s being rejected for a job or g being rejected for publication, rejection hurts in any form. So go ahead. Cry or do whatever you need to do when rejection arrives at your doorstep; then determine to keep trusting God for his plans for you as a Christian writer. For he knows the road you should take for publicationn and the path he wants you to follow, just like he does for me regarding my employment needs.I’m going to keep trusting him to open up the right door for my. Will you?

 

 

 

Sharing the journey,

 

 

 

Jeaninne

 

Are you paying attention?

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

One day, while Moses was taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep in the land of Midian, he noticed a bush engulfed in flames that was not burning up. As he drew closer to the bush, God called to him from the bush and told him he would lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage.


 

As with Moses, God has a way of getting our attention when he is calling us to write for ministry. What are some ways he uses to get our attention?


1. He uses our circumstances – Has an event recently happened in your life that may be a sign God is calling you to write for ministry? Is your passion for what you're currenty doing lessening and your desire to write for ministry increasing more and more? Are doors closing regarding job opportunities in your existing career that once opened easily for you? Then pay attention to how God may be calling you to write for ministry through your circumstances.


 

2. He uses people – What are others telling you about your writings? Are they saying it’s time for you to move from writing as a hobby to writing for ministry and publication? Do people enjoy reading what you’ve written and want to read more? Is your critique group giving you more positive feedback lately about your writings than negative? Then pay attention to how God may be calling you to write for ministry through people.


 

3. He uses divine intervention – In what ways has God spoken to you directly  to let you know he wants you to write for ministry? Have you received an unexpected note from someone confirming you need to begin your writing ministry? Has God spoken directly  to you through a sermon, a song, a Bible verse, or through prayer? Then pay attention to how God may be communicating his call for you to write for ministry through divine intervention.

 

Like the great leader Moses, God knows how to get our attention when he wants us to do great things for him. So be sure you are paying attention to how he may be calling you to write for His kingdom.

 


Responding to your writing call: Which of the three ways is God  using in your life to let you know he may be calling you to write for ministry?  Post your comments on my blog or in my Facebook online Guild  for Christian writers.  I enjoy engaging with you !

What is your why?

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)



I didn’t feel like writing my blog post today.  I needed to write my blog post  so I'd have it ready to include in my weekly newsletter, but the motivation just wasn't there. So I almost didn't write a blog post  for today's newsletter. Until I remembered my why.



You see, my why determines why I write. My why is my purpose for writing. It helps me get up every day and stay committed to my writing goals. And it reenergizes me when the journey of writing gets weary along the way.


So I took some time this morning to reflect on the following question: Why am I writing?


  • I am writing because I want to make a living as a writer
  • I am writing because I want to  inspire other Christian writers
  • I am writing because I want to teach 
  • I am writing because I want to create a body of work I can be proud of and leave as a legacy  


Why are you writing?  Here are eight reasons to consider from Joannna Penn, Author of The Successful Author Mindset:

  1.  It is my life goal to write a book I can be proud of and can hold in my hand
  2.  I want to get an agent and a publishing deal
  3.  I want to see my book on the shelves of a bookstore
  4.  I want to reach readers with my words
  5.  I want to sell lots of books.
  6.  I want to receive critical acclam and win a literary prize
  7.  I want to make a full-time living with my writing
  8.  I want to create a body of work that I can be proud of over my lifetime.


Are you feeling a bit weary on your journey as a Christian writer? Then take a moment to remember your why.

Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne 


Responding to your call to write: What is your "why" for  writing? Share your feedback via my blog or  Facebook page!


Start first in Jerusalem

Posted on June 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samara, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8b


After Jesus’ Resurrection and before he ascended into heaven, he commissioned his twelve disciples to share the good news about him with the world. But instead of commissioning them to share the good news first at the end of the earth, he told them to start in Jerusalem.



It’s important to follow the same strategy Jesus gave his disciples when you begin writing for  ministry and  publication. As a new writer, rather than submitting your work to a national publication, start with a local one. For example, submit an article you've written to a local magazine; submit a poem or a devotional  to your church's newsletter; write your own blog and send it to family and friends, or write an opinion-editorial piece and submit it to your local newspaper. As your writings are accepted for publication in the smaller markets and your credibility and confidence increases, the time will come when you’ll be ready to submit your writings to the larger ones.



Are you ready to make an impact on the world today using your Christian writings? Then start first in your Jerusalem.


Sharing the journey,


Jeaninne


Responding to God’s call to write for ministry:  Think of one place you can begin submitting your writings for publication locally?  Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you.


Writing through your pain

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm hurting right now and don't feel much like writing. But that's eactually the very time I need to write. WhY? Because it;s when we write thrugh our pain when we tend to do our best writing. write the best.  

Ask Marvin Sapp, for when his wife died, he wrote through his pain and penned one of the most prolific songs of his career.

Ask Paul, for when he was beaten, totured and eprsecued and sent to prison, he wrrote th emajorit of the new testament.

Ask David, for when he was being chased by his enemies, his son and Saul, he wrote the soothing words found in Psalms.

Ask John, for when he was exilited to the island of patmos, he wrote the book of Revelatin.

Ask corrie Ten boon, for when she was tortured and put in a concentration camps, she wrote...

Ask ?, for when she was hidden in an attice to escaep frm the germans, she wrote ...

Ask the lady who wrote amazing grace or the other humns when they lost their loved ones to tragedy

But what if marvin and the otehrs had said: "I''m not going to write. I'm hursint too much so I'm not going to pick up my pen and wirte."


oftentime, thatw what I want to do. But I'm glad these people teach me through their writing to do just the opposite, for it's wen I'm hurting, when I need to pick up my pen the most. For those are the times when I can chronicle my pain; those are the times when God can speak to me the most because I'm ost vlunerable; those are the ties when I can put my feelings down on paper and noone is critizizing me for them; those are the times when I can express my deepeste feelings and pains withoug anyone judgine me for it;

There's something about writing thrugh our pain.Something that causes us to write great works for the kindgom..Somethig that just oozes out of us as writers onto the page as we write thorugh our pain.n acmes out of us when we've been donw in the pits or experience great tragedies that allow us to put down great written works.

It may not even be perfect writing and we can clean it up when we're read to share it; but it is writing. Writing through our pain. Writing that we've chosen to put down on paper to experess the agaony we are going through in our lives; writing that will eventually help someone else work thorugh their pain.

So don't stop writing if yo're going through smething today. For that's the very time you need to be writing so someone can benefit from your pain. your story. your journey.

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“I don’t want any more hit songs if I have to go throgh the pain I’ve had to go thru to get them. Marvin Sapp.

 

 

I can feel it when he sings. Can you?

 

I can feel his pain. For marvin Sapp, a well-known gospel artist, doesn’t just sing. He sings through his pain.

 

When he sings sons like “Thank God I made it,” he’s singing through his pain. When he sings songs like “My testimonty, he is sining throughhis pain.

 

For you see, marvin lost his wife to ovarian cancer. And for years, wondered how he’d go on withu it. And when someone asked him what he ahd elarned form the death of his wrife, he said he begain singnf the words ot this song: “so glad I made it. So glad I made it. I made it through, it made it thru…”

 

Now marvin stands today sinig this son at his conerets. And it ministers to so many people; not because of marvin, but because they can conncet to his paiin and now his pain is ministering to others.

 

So I said all that to say that whatever you are dealingwith today, don’t negate your pain. write down what you are oging through and what you ae leanirng form it, because you never know when your pain will become your ministry.

 

Don’t negate the lessons you are learing through your pain, for they may be designed to eventually serve as part of your ministry to others. Write through your pain. I am wrting throug mine today.

I don’t want to write when I’m in so much pain. The pain of wonderng how I’ll make ends meet. The pain of getting up and facing the fact that my bank account is overdrawn again. The pain of knowing I won’t be able to take a vacation this summer with my family. Thepain of knowing I”m falling again into a state of depression.

 

I’m in so much pain right now that writing is the last thing I want to do, but I know I’ve got to do just the opposite-I’ve got to write through my pain just like Marvin did. .I’ve got to sare my thoghths abot how I'm feelnig in black and white so they can be immdedail captures before I lose them and the essence of them. I've  got to write because it’s thereuputi when I' write;it help me cleanse myself of my negative thoughts; it help me purge mysel of my anger, stress and whatever else I am feeling at the moment; ; it helps serve as my catharsis to help me get out everthing I am feeling within and allows me toexhale if only for a monent; it help me express the feeling and emotions I feel deeply inside and help me express them so I feel bettee; it helps me express my feelings in a way that onl I can do as a writer; . I hurt deeply right now; I hurt deepl right now and the last thing I feel like doing is writing,  but I know it’s the best thing I can do to help relieve my pain because writing is my cathersis.

Marvin sapp wrote through his pain; Corrie Ten boon wrote thrugh er pain. The lady who wrote the book when she was in the attic with her family hiding from the germans wrote throug her pain. Paul wrote through hsi pain. And so many others I could list icold list so I can’t let m pain stop me from writing and I won’t because someone can be helped though my pain.

 

 

 

Are you in pain today? Then write. Write through your pain to first helpyourself, then somebody else.

 

Sharing my journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

 


 

 

Keep traveling

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act. Travel steadily along his path. Psalms 37:34, NLT


School is out and vacation season has officially arrived. Many of us will now pack our suitcases and travel to various destinations for a fun-filled vacation. Whether our travels are on a road trip from one state to another or in the air flying to our favorite vacation destination, this is the time to wind down from our hectic, harried lives and enjoy time just doing nothing.

 

But sometimes our travel plans don’t go as we expect. Flights are postponed, turbulence occurs and  cars break down on the road. But in spite of the challenges that occur along the way, with a sense of determination we finally make it to our desired destination.


Like vacation travels, your plans to write for publication will not always go as planned. You may  plan to committ  to a certain amount of time writing every day, yet your time gets eaten up by other obligatons. You may  plan to complete a writing project by a certain date, yet you find it's still unfinished when the date rolls around. You may plan to submit something you've written to a designated market, yet the fear of rejection keeps you from moving forward. 


Like the desired vacation destination you're determined to reach during your summer  travels, don't give up on the travel plans you have made to write for publication, no matter what challenges you encounter along the way. Keep planning your writing time. Keep working on your manuscript until it's completed. Keep submitting your writings for publication. Keep traveling along the path God has laid out for you as His Christian writer, until you finally arrive at your desired destination.


Sharing the journey,

 Jeaninne


Responding to your call to write: How will you keep traveling this summer on your journey as a Christian writer untiil you reach your desired writing destination?  Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

 


ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR YOUR GRADUATION?

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Don’t get discouraged and give up, for (you) will reap a harvest of blessings at the appropriate time. Galatians 5:7 NLT


It's graduation season and I always enjoy every graduation I attend.  Because it’s a reminder that the early morning rising for classes and the grueling late night study sessions have finally paid off. 



But I’m sure there were days when many students didn’t think they’d make it to their graduation ceremony. Days when school was difficult  and they felt like giving up on their dream of getting their degree or diploma. But since they chose to keep moving toward their goal, in spite of the challenges they encountered along the way, they are able to now walk across the stage to receive their coveted award.


Like these graduates, you  can expect to encounter challenges along the way as you seek to write for ministry. Challenges that may at times cause you to want to give up on your dream to become a Christian author. But just as the student kept working hard to to receive their degree, keep working hard toward your  writing goals.  And one day,  we’ll be attending  your graduation too!




Sharing the journey,


 

Jeaninne

 



Questions for reflection:  What are you doing today to prepare for your graduation from writer to author? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

 


Is it time for your name to change?

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)



What’ s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram; now you will be known as Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. Genesis 17: 5, NLT

 


Did you know that when God changed a person’s name, it was usually to establish a new identity? According to: www.gotquestions.org/name-change.html, God changed Abram’s “high father” name to “Abraham,” “father of a multitude” (Genesis 17:5) and his wife’s name from “Sarai,” “my princess,” to “Sarah,” “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:15). God changed Jacob’s “supplanter” name to “Israel,” “having power with God” (Genesis 32:2.  He changed Simon’s “God has heard” name to “Peter,” “rock” (John 1:42).


Did you know God also wants to change your name? For after he calls you to write for ministry, he immediately begins to form a new identity within you. An identity which includes writing to share the gospel of hope and salvation found  through his son, Jesus Christ.  An identity which includes writing to inform, instruct, encourage and to help heal the hurts of mankind. 


Are you ready to embrace the new identity God wants you to have as his Christian writer? Then get ready for a name change! 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

Responding to your call to write for ministry: How are you preparing yourself today for a new identity as a Christian author? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

 


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