Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Divided Heart by Susan Tuttle


I was reading 2 Kings 17 recently, and it reminded me of how many times Israel tried to serve God with a divided heart, and it never worked. They refused to tear down the high places and wondered why they remained ensnared in sin. That phrased “divided heart” kept resonating in me in regards to writing.

See, I don’t care if your books are CBA or ABA because I fully believe God gives us the borders of our territory and the people within that he desires us to reach. But what does matter is what you’ve built within those borders. Israel constantly lost their witness because they repeatedly fell into sin. Why? They refused to tear down the high places. They tried to serve multiple gods at once.

Friends, we can’t have anything within our territory but God. We can’t be seeking to please men with our words or content. We can’t change what we know God asked us to write to suit an agent, editor, or publishing house. And we can’t be solely seeking accolades and sales numbers. We must constantly seek him and honor him. Our focus must remain on what he’s called us to, and the message he’s given us to tell. If we try to write with a divided heart, we will lose our witness.

This is so hard in this day and age. Some of us have been called to subtly share while others can be more overt in what they write. God uses it all. It’s not the style I’m questioning, it’s the heart behind it. And the only one who knows if your heart is divided is God.

Remain close to him. Present everything you do to his all-consuming fire and see what withstands it. Make sure you are honoring him above all else. Everything else is his to manage.
 
Susan L. Tuttle lives in Michigan where she’s happily married to her best friend and is a homeschooling mom of three. She’s firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire, encourage, and grow women into who God created them to be. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order. You can connect with Susan at her blog, Steps, Facebook, or Twitter.

15 comments:

  1. So true! Excellent advice, Susan! When I was reading your post, I was literally shaking my head. If we remain true, the words will flow! Thank you for this. It was truly a blessing this morning!

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    1. 😊yes! When we partner with him, our stories turn out beautifully because they're His story:)

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  2. Powerful! This was good to read.

    “fully believe God gives us the borders of our territory and the people within that he desires us to reach.”

    I like how you said this.

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    1. That's one I chew on often! When I started this whole writing journey that's one of the word pictures God chose to give me, and I've held it close:) So glad it spoke to you too!

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  3. Remain close to Him. Excellent reminder. We know that usually, but often forget and get caught up in life and stuff. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Yes! It's a daily pause I need to take and assess. Some days I think it's more natural than others, so I completely agree with what you said!

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  4. A wonderful post and reminder. Thank you for sharing, Susan. I'm in a season now of checking my heart and making sure that I'm in the perfect will of God in my writing life, so it was a timely post for me.

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    1. So glad it was timed so well!! Love your heart to be in His will. He'll honor that desire as you seek him! He's such a good God:)

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  5. So appreciate your exhortation this morning, Susan.

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  6. This is so good. So true. Thank you.

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    1. You're so welcome!! Thanks for being here, Nike!

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  7. Excellent article...I have found my heart divided on too many occasions.

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    1. It happens so quickly and easily sometimes, doesn't it? I'm finding I have to be intentional of checking in with him with each book I write through each step of the writing. Otherwise I run off without him!!

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  8. Wise words, my friend. And ones I'll definitely keep close to my heart. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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