Thursday, June 30, 2011


Thursdays – Dawn’s Devotions for Writers

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

Writing is a marathon. It’s not a sprint where one day you decide to write a novel and two months later your book is displayed on a shelf at Barnes and Noble. It takes fortitude to be a writer and go the distance.

Where do we get that kind of endurance? Strong coffee, Dr. Pepper, or heavy doses of chocolate? Well … actually … quite often caffeine is helpful, but it only provides a boost for a limited time.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have the kind of energy that Isaiah mentions?

To soar like eagles—feeling light and free without any cares.

To run—and never get tired.

To walk for miles—even up steep mountains—and never become faint.

Wow! That would take some energy drink!!!

Sometimes, daily struggles weigh us down. They wear us out. The bills keep showing up in the mailbox. We may worry about how the kids are doing in school or the type of friends they’re making. It may be something smaller that adds weight to our pack—like remembering at the last minute that we’re supposed to bring dessert to a church meeting.

As writers, there are deadlines to meet—even those that pertain to getting blog posts written! There are challenges with writing around family and other work-related responsibilities. Hearing how important blogging, networking, building websites, and marketing are in a writer’s career, we can feel bogged down with the amount of time and effort that goes into it all.

Sometimes we forget that God is standing with us, desiring to give us all that we need to not only live our lives, but live them with passion and zeal. We’re not alone in our family life, our day job, or our writing careers.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Do you realize what a blessing it is to have hope? Christians have been given an amazing gift! Hope sustains when there’s temptation to give up.

I’d love to fly and feel the air beneath my wings.

Ready to soar?

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