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I have no choice!

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust and I have no choice. I Corinthians 9:17


While I have worked part-time for a number of years since beginning my journey to write professionally, I am currently looking for a full-time job.

But as a former full-time employee, I understand what returning means. It means I may not have as much time to write as I had before. It means I may not have as much mental energy as I had before. It means I may not have as much physical energy as I had before.

 

But even if I return to full-time employment, I will still find a way to write. For like the apostle Paul, God has chosen me and given me the sacred trust of writing for Him. He chose me when I heard him speak to me on my way to work one day and he told me it was time to leave my job. He chose me when he started awakening me at the crack of dawn to read his Word and write down the insights I received. He chose me when I battled discouragement after giving up my career, and he kept reminding me of my new calling. He chose me when I didn’t have the monetary resources to attend the writing conferences or buy the books I needed to hone my craft, yet he provided a way to attend every conference and the financial resources to purchase every writing book.

 I have been chosen and given the sacred responsibility to write for the kingdom, so no matter what happens regarding my employment status, I will write. Because I simply have no choice.

 

Sharing the journey,


Jeaninne

 

Responding to God’s call to write: Is God calling you to write for Christian publication? Then no matter what changes occur in your life along the way, remember you have no choice but to keep writing. Post your comments on my blog if this post ministered to you today. I enjoy hearing from you!

 

Are you tapping into your power source?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

       Ephesians 3:20 NLT

 

Do you remember the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz? After a tumultuous tornado landed Dorothy in the land of Oz, her one desire was to get back home to Kansas where she lived with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. But in order to get home, she had to take a journey down a yellow brick road to a land called Oz to visit a great Wizard. When she finally arrived, the Wizard told her she already had on her what she needed to get home. All she had to do was click the ruby red shoes she had on three times and they would take her home.

 

Like Dorothy, you also have access to a power within you called the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish your writing goals. And this power will not only help you write effectively but help you accomplish more than you ever thought you could do. For example, you may have planned to write just one article for publication, but as you tap into the power that resides within you, you begin to write more articles. You may have never imagined yourself writing a book or novel, but as you tap into the power that resides with you, you complete your first manuscript. You may have thought you could never stand before an audience to talk about your book, but as you tap into the power that resides within you, you are able to overcome your public speaking fears.

 

So don’t be afraid to begin. For you have a power within to help you to not only write effectively but to accomplish more than you ever imagined you could do.

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

Responding to God’s call to write: How are you utilizing the power within you to write for Christian publication? Share your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

 

Share the knowledge!

Step by Step

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s such a fun time in a baby’s development when they begin to walk. But since the art of walking can be daunting at times, a baby may decide it’s easier to keep crawling. However, as his mother gently encourages him each day to take a step, a baby gains confidence in his walking abilities.


Similarly, the goal of writing for publication can be a daunting task to achieve. And as an aspiring writer, you may even decide to give up on your desire to write for publication because the task is too hard to accomplish. But instead of looking at your long-term goal, focus instead on taking one step at a time towards your destination. For example, take a step to write a certain time each day towards your writing goal, or take a step to write a certain amount each day towards your writing goal. You may start off a little shaky at first, but if you’ll take your first step, you’ll gain the confidence needed to take the next, until you’re walking confidently.


Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

Are you growing?

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grow in the grace and knowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18. NLT

Have you ever put on an item of clothing, only to realize you had outgrown it, and it was time to move up to another size?Such was the case with the writer's conference I attend every year. After receiving my conference brochure recently in the mail , I highlighted the workshops I wanted to attend, but noticed that I only highlighted a few. After thinking over the reasons for my decision, I realized it was because I had outgrown my annual conference, and it was time to move on to another one to meet my needs.


As you prepare to write for publication , be sure to take advantage of the writing conferences that are offered to help you learn the industry and hone your craft as a Christian writer. But if you find you're disenchanted with a particular conference after you’ve attended it a number of times, it could mean it’s time for you to move up to another “size.”

Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

 

Writer’s prayer: Father, thank you for the resources you send my way to help me develop my craft as a Christian writer. I plan to outgrow every one. Amen.

 


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