Yesterday, for the first time, I used these words in a sentence together: I am a writer. Most of the time when people ask me what I do (and they always do don’t they?) I hem and haw, not really sure how to answer that question.
Yesterday, in a completely random setting with people who don’t know me, I declared: I am a writer.
Something clicked into place. This is what I do. I write words down that are for other people. That’s what writers do isn’t it? The words are not mine to keep. The words I write are to be given away. Shared.
And so, in that very random place, it was time to own that.
Now it’s time to own something else. I desire to be an author. There is a difference. A writer writes words. An author is a writer who has had their words published. And publishing them on your own blog doesn’t count. Bummer.
I am blessed to be a contributor to Papa’s Pantry publication Christian Community News Magazine. I am honored that Lynne Saunders believes the words I write are words that others might need to read. So, I can say I am published. But there is more. I sense it.
Last year, the Lord placed a huge burden on my heart: write a devotional that goes with the One Year Chronological Bible. Some of ya’ll know this is my absolute favorite way to read the Bible for my personal time. It is not how I study, but it is how I read and pray.
God says his Word is life giving. I believe that we are to find life in all of the Bible – even the hard passages. So right now, I call this book Life Giving Words.
For the past year, I’ve been working on writing devotions, one for each day, that lifts something out of that day’s reading to focus on: a situation, a concept, or a specific verse. Together, we explore the context, relevancy, and application to our lives today.
Much of what I send to you and post on my blog comes from this project. My passion is to open up the Word of God in such a way that you can’t miss the love he has for you. I hope to be a vehicle through which his Word becomes alive and active for you and then in you.
This devotional can come alongside you if you are reading the Bible chronologically and it can stand by itself if you are not. But you’ll be encouraged to do so! You’ll still get a glimpse of the larger story of God and his people.
This project has changed me. I have come to know the Lord in an entirely new way and this is what I hope will happen with those who read it. My heart quickens at the thought of what life change might happen for people.
There you have it. I’ve made this public and that scares me. What if I fail?
Truly, I’m okay if this project never gets published. Publishing it is not the end game. Knowing God is. But I believe it is supposed to be published. I have no idea how or when. Next week, I am headed to a writer’s conference. This is not the first time I’ve been to one, nor the first time I’ve pitched an idea. This is the first time I am going with such a clear purpose.
I’m writing this to you, the Women of Hillside and everyone else who gets this email because ya’ll are my tribe – my people – to ask you to do few things for me.
- Please pray for me between now and next Thursday. Actually, I welcome your prayers all the time, but this next week is crucial. I need to finish putting my proposal together. They say the devil is in the details and I believe that. Please pray for my technology to cooperate, for things to format and merge the way they need to, for me to have the patience and perseverance to not settle for anything less than my best work.
- Please pray for my time at the conference. That I will represent God well as I represent this project.
- Please join me in boldly praying that God will open the door for this project to move forward. To me, a novice, a book contract is impossible. But what is impossible to me, is very, very possible with God.
And lastly, I would be so appreciative if you would click the link below and leave a note on my blog if this kind of devotional appeals to you. Your encouragement will mean the world to me – and frankly – It’ll give me a foundation to say to those who I pitch this to – see… ladies want this.
I love each and every one of you. Thank you for the joy of letting me into your lives through the words I write.
Love and blessings,