Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Net's Notations Tuesdays
Refreshed by God Series

Ever read a novel and think, “I could write better than that”? Then, you sit down to write and all your skills have vanished?? *grin* It’s probably God’s way of keeping us humble.

I’m sure we all know the difference between pride and self-confidence, but just in case…

God called you to write, right? Right. Or you wouldn’t be reading writers’ blogs, spending hours plotting your next novel and plodding through writing craft books. A tome entitled “The Art of War for Writers” (James Scott Bell) wouldn’t appeal to you, if you weren’t a writer.

How often do you doubt that call?

Whenever I cannot learn a new technique quickly, I doubt myself, and where I’m at.

Whenever I think I should have this stuff down by now (how long have I been at this?).

Sometimes when I prepare for my critique group’s meeting.

Sometimes when I witness the success of other authors and how they now have to market themselves like crazy, travel all over the planet (*grin*) and make much of themselves.

So, when I feel incapable, there’s one thing I can do that will help: pray. One Source to turn to when I worry about all the things pulling at me: God.

Dear God,

Please remind me what You said when You called me. Remind me of that initial nudge toward writing. Remind me of the pleasure of knowing I’m doing what You’ve called me to do—the shared pleasure of participating together with You in the work. (Thanks Paul Young for that image.) And affirm me, like the loving Father that You are. Where I lack, fill me up, both in skills and confidence. Don’t let me tip the scales toward pride, but help me walk humbly with You. Affirmed. Confirmed. And one day, established, as a mature believer and a success at being all You’ve called me to be.

In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

“But the God of all grace, He calling us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, He will perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Annette!

    I needed to read this today . . .



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