Monday, July 27, 2020

Having Confidence in Writing

Here’s a question for you. Have you ever had a string of good news? Publisher asks for more stories from you or perhaps you are asked to read your book to a group, or maybe a long awaited answer to a piece of writing you have submitted is finally accepted?

These writing events can happen at any time. Recently, several emails and letters arrived with good news about my writing. Upon reading the messages, my first thought was to thank God for His blessings. I thank Him for giving me words that He wants to share.


I wanted to make sure I didn’t “puff up” myself. The words that were accepted by publishers and the opportunities to read my stories to groups was not my doing. God is the one who made all those great things happen.

Yes, I am thankful for these wonderful opportunities. Yes, other emails and letters had rejection notices. There is an important lesson in everything.

As happy as I was to receive news that my writing will be shared with others, I also began to have strange thoughts.

“Well. All this good news. I wonder when the bad news will come.” Speaking these words under my breath, I was shocked at myself. Why would I begin to dwell on the possibility of another rejection when I had just received numerous answers of “yes” to my writing?

I prayed and asked God to forgive me. I thanked Him for the blessings of being able to share words with others. The note on my computer says “PRAY FIRST”. This is a reminder for me to pray and ask God for guidance in writing and in every moment of my life.

These feelings of doubt do not come from the Lord. The feelings of doubt come from the one who is trying to steal my joy and prevent me from sharing God’s Word. This will not happen.

I will have more rejections and more pieces of writing that will be accepted. I will continue with my prayers.

“Lord, thank You for Your blessings. Forgive me for any feeling of doubt of what is to come with the next pieces I submit. I know these feelings of doubt are not from You. Thank You for the confidence You give me when I write. Thank You for being able to share stories that draw people to a closer relationship with You. Amen.”

These feelings of doubt do not come from the Lord. The feelings of doubt come from the one who is trying to steal my joy and prevent me from sharing God’s Word. This will not happen. #seriouslywrite #writing @mimionlife

Blessings,
Melissa Henderson



Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-law and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest  and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com 


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20 comments:

  1. Amen amen!!!! What you said — “These feelings of doubt do not come from the Lord. The feelings of doubt come from the one who is trying to steal my joy and prevent me from sharing God’s Word” — is absolutely true. Doubt is never from God. Praise God for His blessings on your life and ministry, Melissa!!!

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I am thankful for His blessings. :-)

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  2. Oh, I've done that before. Thanks for sharing what you do when those doubts jump in! :)

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    1. You are welcome Angie. Writers have good days and bad days. Remembering God is with us in all situations is important. :-)

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  3. Thanks for the post, Melissa! The writing life can be such a roller coaster, can't it? Thanks for sharing your experience of taking on those doubts.

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    1. I am thankful for this group and the encouragement from other writers. :-)

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  4. Melissa, I like your note, "Pray first." I ask the Lord to help me remember to always lay down my glory for His.

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    1. Thank you Karen. That note sits on the screen where I can see it every time I am at the computer. :-)

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  5. Thank you for encouraging me as a writer over the past year. Writing can be a frustrating, lonely gig; it helps to be lifted up by other writers.

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    1. Thank you Candice. I appreciate your encouragement and support. You share wonderful messages.

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  6. We do naturally tend to lean toward the negative, don't we?
    If only we would listen to the whispers of the Holy Spirit more often than we listen to those other voices!

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    1. Yes, listen to the whispers of the Holy Spirit. God is guiding our writing. :-)

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  7. Your words are so right Melissa; we can often let the negative thoughts dictate our actions and our appreciation to life and its' accomplishments. I appreciate how you encourage so many of us who attempt to write with the hope of God in our stories, words, poetry, and etc. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Diane. You are truly an inspiration to me. I appreciate your encouragement and support.

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  8. I love your honesty in this post. I do think we all struggle with these negative thoughts at times and your response was spot on. Acknowledging that Those thoughts do not come from God. Thanks and congratulations on the Yes. So glad the world will experience more of your writing.

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    1. Thank you so much Yvonne. You encourage me every day. I am writing today and smiling as I feel the presence of God. :-)

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  9. Such good encouragement here! First off, not to think that we can do any of this without the help of the Lord! And then, the encouragement that God does indeed intend to bless us with good things. We need not fear the bad right around the corner. He's only a prayer away! Great post, Melissa!

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    1. Thank you Melinda. Yes, yes, "He's only a prayer away!" What comfort we can find if we go to Him in prayer. :-)

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  10. Melissa, such a great post that speaks to and for all of us! We hear “that voice” and it’s not God, the voice that wants us to believe the worst about ourselves and our future. Our need is to not agree with that voice but to cling to God and believe Him. God bless you and thank you!

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