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I DO Believe That All Things Are Possible With God by Linda S. Glaz

hs1awhitenedThis has been on my mind a lot lately. And, yes, I do believe it. All things are possible with God.

So…as writers. Do we wish we’re published authors, sit back, and wait for God to make it all happen? Do we write an agent/editor and tell him or her that this is God’s story, and we’d better take it or we’ll have God to deal with?

Definitely at the top of the rejection list.

No, God isn’t doing it for you. He’ll inspire you, but you have to do the work. And what all does that mean?

You must: have an idea, take classes on writing, attend workshops, work with critique partners, attend conferences, read writing blogs, and take on any other activities that will help you hone your craft. Even if that means taking the most basic English book and relearning fifth grade grammar and punctuation. Very few individuals simply sit down one day and crank out a novel without a lot of prep work.

What?!!? That’s a lot of hard work! I’ll do the inspired part and find an agent or publisher who will polish the work for me. After all, it’s God’s story.

Okay, I shouldn’t say this, but I will. If it’s truly God’s story, then He is sometimes a terrible writer. And an even worse listener. Because I’ve made suggestions to folks who have told me that, and they’ve replied saying it’s just as God wants it. Hmmm….

I know that if I want to make a batch of brownies, I can count on Him to give me life. Life and choices. Then, I go out, earn the money, go to the store, bring the ingredients home, and bake the brownies. I don’t sit on my backside with my hand out waiting for God to turn the stove on and mix the chocolate. He gives me the inspiration (who isn’t inspired by the thought of brownies?), and then He expects me to do my part. The part that requires someone with skin on. Someone to take out the bowl and spoon and go to work. Yes, work. And if I don’t know how to make them, I open a cookbook and learn.

So when I say all things are possible with God, I mean it. He has given us life and the ability to learn, to experience, to go forward. We use all of the tools He’s blessed us with and create a chocolate masterpiece. Or we write a novel.

With God, all things are possible. So do your part. Try!

6 Comments

  1. Amen, Great post. This is necessary advice for all writers. I did not want to write. I fought God. He won and now I am obedient to His call. God blessed me with a book contract. First, I had to do the hard work of researching, writing and practicing my pitch. Now that I have the contract, I fight daily to write. I spend time sharpening my writing tools, researching and praying. It is work. There are days I don’t want to write but I do. Thank you for the hard truth. Yes, God wants me to write this book, but I must put in the effort. Nehemiah knew God wanted him to go back and build the wall, He did not build the wall for him. Nehemiah put in the time and energy. God bless you as you serve Him.

  2. Jodie says:

    Great reminder. 🙂

  3. Terri Tiffany says:

    Good thoughts and ones all of us writers need to remember. A long-time friend told me the other day he wanted to write a book. I should have asked him what he’s done to reach that goal. I know what I’ve done for more than fifteen years and it isn’t easy. God doesn’t always make our way easy but He is there to guide and encourage us. It’s up to us to do the work with the body and mind and abilities he blessed us with.

  4. Thanks, Linda, for a wonderful post. It’s tough for a beginning writer to look ahead at all he or she will have to do just to get a book written, let alone find an agent, publisher, reader. It’s HARD work, all right, but for those of us who stick with it, it’s well worth all the aggravation, time, sweat, and tears.

  5. diana says:

    Right on, and as Deborah Dee Harper said here in the comments, it is hard for a new writer to look that far down the road, but every journey begins with the first step- then the next. Walking it out is what glorifies God and gets the writer the agent or contract. 🙂

  6. Sharon McGhan says:

    Linda,
    What encouragement. I’m a baker so I know exactly what you’re talking about. In my words, the Bible says, ‘you don’t work you don’t eat.’ Writing takes work, but, oh.. the satisfaction that comes when your words touch someone where they’re hurting the most. Our words, and reaching out with our time go hand-in-handBut. Thank- You!

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