Just Write God Sent You and is with You
by Michelle Owens
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In the 6th chapter of Judges, versus 14-16 reads, “The LORD turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?’”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Christian writer – it is time. God is sending you to answer the call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is time for you to write, publish and share His goodness and grace. Partner with Xulon and receive a discount on a publishing package.
Maybe you feel weak and afraid. Maybe you believe you have nothing to offer and nothing of importance to say. But God says otherwise. Just like He told Gideon, God is saying to you, “Christian writer, ‘Go in the strength you have…I will be with you.’”
Maybe you tried to do this before – alone. Delving into the mirage of information about writing can be overwhelming. The tangent of online information can begin with the business of writing and conclude with securing gigs, managing contracts or any topic in between. Where does a person begin? How does a person make sense of it all?
Simple. We make sense of it by being led by the Spirit of God and following those instructions. So, if God says enter to Win a Xulon Publishing package, do it. (They are awarding three packages this year. Apply for one!)
Now, I have to admit, I acted just like Gideon a year ago. Using a small amount of faith, I submitted a blog post to a New York company. I tested God and God showed out. The article was accepted, a check was printed and mailed to my address.
The point is Christian writers begin with a little faith and the knowledge that God has led them to this path. We surrender to the call, answer it and humbly, slowly and maybe even with reservations – write and then, publish.
One online suggestion for new writers was to enter writing contests. Yet, what I found intimidating about that suggestion was where to find a Christian contest for Christian writers?
Fortunately for me, I had been introduced to and eventually joined Faithwriters.com some time ago. I had to surrender – again – and begin to familiarize myself with this resource that I believe God led me to use.
I found a source of information to satisfy my curiosity and support my adventure into the world of writing. Faithwriters.com offered me writing classes, a support group to critique my written thoughts and leads on paying jobs.
Now, publishing wasn’t initially on the horizon for me when I first began to take this call to write seriously. Yet, the chance to enter a Christian writing contest was a comforting idea. If I knew anything, I mused, I knew Christianity. All those years of Sunday school, morning worship and Bible study over the course of my lifetime had to amount to something. But did I know enough to enter a Christian fiction publishing contest or Win a Xulon publishing package?
You, nor I, will never know our full potential under the guidance of God’s support unless we write! There is no way around it. There is no side stepping it. A desire to obey God and shun fear will prompt us to answer the compelling call to write. Because it is when we write that the enemies, called fear and doubt, lose their battle. It is when we write that our testimonies and stories strengthen believers and non-believers. It is when we write we demonstrate, through written expression, our gratitude for God’s love toward us. We are able to lead others into victory.
So, go ahead. Accept the promises God made with you. Write knowing that He sent you to earth to deliver a specific message and touch many hearts. This promise will nullify any notions of weakness and smallness from our perspective. God’s promise, when we meditate on it as Christian writers, tells us that we are more than conquerors and are able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever think. Why? Because God is with us. So, write and publish.
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