Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Word, The written Word, A Christmas Reason to Keep Writing

Two days left to Christmas.

All those last minuted details are almost done. Time to take a break. Can I tempt you with freshly brewed virtual coffees, teas, hot chocolate, and cozy seating?

Sit back. Take a rest.

Close your eyes for a moment.

Photo Courtesy-"Adoration of the Shepherds"
by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622
Think about The Word.

John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

The Word is Jesus. Where would we be without the Word? Consider all that Jesus has done for you this year. This includes good and bad, ups and downs, joyful and sorrow. Let's focus on the positives.  Go ahead. Name five incredible moments when Jesus just made you so happy. It's okay to smile. We are, too.

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Now think about the written Word. 

These words are contained in our Bibles. So many truths. So many lessons. Compassion. Guidance. Truth. Stories told by Jesus and others. Some are parables, some are tellings of events. All were spoken to godly men who recorded them for the benefit of every reader.

Close your eyes again. Think of a verse you learned as a child or long ago. Which one sticks in your mind? Say the words slowly, think about them. Sometimes when we recall a verse, God reveals a new meaning in our heart. Did that happen to you just now? What a great feeling.

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Lastly, think about your writing gift.

This gift wasn't a surprise to God. The talent didn't just magically appear one day. Even if you didn't discover you wanted to be a writer until you became an adult, God knew. All those years before you decided to write, He spent preparing you. There is a lifetime of fodder in your mind!

The stories we write under God's calling, are not "inspired" as the Bible is. They are, though, tools used by God to help readers. Some stories lead readers to a fellowship of believers, some help a reader to understand a truth, some illustrate to the reader he or she is not alone in their struggle, etc.

Our stories are so very valuable. God will multiply every gift He gives when used by those who love Him. 

Maybe you are in the beginning phases of honing your writing craft. This is great news! Don't give up. Never give up. 

God told His one and only Son, Jesus, to leave the perfect place (heaven). Jesus allowed Himself to be veiled in human flesh. Thirty-three years later Jesus paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross, and three days after--He rose, victoriously from death.

God has given and given and given to us. 
Let's give Jesus a gift by writing the stories He calls us to write.

God Loves You!

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I can't wait to read your comment(s)!


If you found any typos in today's post...sorry about that. 

Mary writes young adult mystery/suspense Christian fiction, is honing marketing and writing skills, and loves to pen missionary and Bible adventure stories on her ministry blog, God Loves Kids. She has finaled in several writing contests.

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kaybee said...

Oh, Mary, what a great post. I'm starting to slow down after the shopping, baking, wrapping and decorating, all of which I happen to love, and I finally have time to think about Why We Do This. Why we celebrate His birth, and why we write. I took a break from active writing this December, I didn't want to start a major project and be interrupted or frustrated, so I've been working on stockpiling some blog posts, cleaning up my Web site, editing already-written work and doing research. But no actual "writing." And I've felt a hollow spot right in the core of me, which I believe He wants me to fill with Him.
I am glad I discovered the Alley this year. Thanks for all you do.
Kathy Bailey

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are such an encourager, Kathy.
Sounds to me like the work you do, researching, thinking, planning the writing is all part of the package. You're doing fine.
May God bless you in this Christmas season.

Susan Anne Mason said...

Merry Christmas, Mary and all the Alley Cats! I haven't been around much lately due to back-to-back deadlines (another looming Feb.1) but I wanted to wish you all the wonders of a blessed Christmas!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Merry Christmas to you, too, Sue
I'm so happy you have had back-to-back deadlines...that means you're writing is taking off. Congratulations!!