April 16, 2012

A Writer's Prayer Life

I was going to talk about my foray into plotting this past weekend, but it sounded boring even to me. So I began reading blogs in my Google Reader this morning, procrastinating like a good Queen of Procrastination does, and I read a post by Paula Boire at the MBT Ponderer's blog.

Paula Boire talked about faith and the writing life, but it wasn't the faith part that struck me. It was when she talked about her prayer life. She spoke about praying over her writing life. She mentioned specific verses she prayed over her writing, bathing the gift that God had given her with His words of promise, peace, and strength.

I was convicted.

Big time.

I think because I've questioned whether God has called me to write, I feel guilty praying over it. I kinda feel like I'm saying "Lord, this is what I want to do, now please bless it." instead of "Lord, you have called me to write for Your glory, what is it you want me to write?" That is a simplistic way of looking at it, but I wonder if that is what I'm doing.

This morning I've come to the conclusion that whether I've been called to write or just want to use some of the creative gifts He has given me, I should bathe my writing journey in prayer. Not just a "bless me, Lord" prayer, but specific prayer, using scripture to direct my prayers.

How has God convicted you lately?

p.s. Here is a prayer for writers I found by Mary DeMuth. May it bless you like it did me. A Prayer For Writers.


13 comments:

  1. Great stuff. I loved Paula's post, too!

    Recently I have felt convicted about trust...and stress...and realizing that if I really truly trust God, I wouldn't let myself get stressed so easily.

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    1. It's a revolving door with the whole stress/trust issue, and I seem to battle it too. It's funny, but the older I get, the easier it has become to trust. But it has taken some serious trials to get me there. ;)

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  2. Sherrinda - your words hit the spot! God has been convicting me about time in the Word and in prayer. Since I started writing more intensly, I've spent less time in quiet devotion. He keeps asking me how I think I can write my words, if I don't stay rooted in His Word?

    My post today is about living an authentic life - one that reflects the Son. I can't attempt to reflect Him if I am not spending more time in His presence.

    Thank you for the links to the prayer and to Paula's post. I plan to check them out.

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    1. I loved your post, Gabrielle, and your spirit shines through...beautiful and joyful. Don't you love it when God convicts and motivates you to make a change to reflect Him more?

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  3. Thanks for sharing those links. Yesterday, I was reading a book by Francis Chan and I sobbed at the conviction then felt an overwhelming sense of grace for more chances. Love this post!

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    1. Conviction can be hard, but oh, the fruit of it is bliss!

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  4. I'd say this post was so "Creepy" but God isn't creepy, just timely. I had a SIMILAR if not exact epiphany this morning, then your blog popped up. HOW COOL IS GOD!?! I'll pray for your writing journey ...

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    1. It just goes to show you that you are not alone. There are many who struggle with the same things and we can be there for each other! I'm so glad God spoke and I will be praying for YOUR writing journey!

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  5. Sherrinda, of course you know this post hits home for me. It's such a blessing to have other writers who can help us guide our own writing careers in a prayerful and supportive way.

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    1. ((((hugs)))) CINDY!!! I am so thankful to be part of a group of godly writers that has YOU a part of it. :)

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  6. Sherrinda, I'm praying the Lord speaks to you, making His will for you and your writing clear and giving you some direction. You have lotsa talent, but I know how easy it can be for fear and doubt to gain a foothold at times. Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you, Keli. You are truly an angel of encouragement...and not just for me.

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