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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Why I Write
By Amy Fritz


I am one of those people who never knows what to say when itís the right time to say something, and often says the wrong thing at the wrong time. However, when I write, my thoughts come together in a powerful form that I can understand. When I put my pen to paper, everything begins to make sense. I begin to hear what God is telling me and am able to communicate what is really in my heart.

Being that writing is such a powerful vehicle in my relationship with God, itís no wonder that I meet resistance when the Holy Spirit inspires me. There are forces at work, telling me that my writing is awful and that I should just give up and pursue something sensible, like business. Itís often a struggle to sit down and write. After all, there are dirty dishes in the sink, the house is full of dog hair, and I feel guilty about neglecting my husband.

Lately the words arenít flowing like they did when I first knew that God wanted me to write. Right outside my window, the night sky is full of stars, all of them praising God, and I still canít think of a single thing to say. The crickets chirp, reflecting the emptiness inside of my head.

I think of recent events. I finished school for the semester and began to work full time rather than part time. I have been concentrating on serving God by being diligent and honest in my work, even though the job is often frustrating. I come home drained and uninspired. I exercise to clear my head, tend to the chores of the evening, and by the time dinner is done the bed is starting to look pretty good.

What has happened to that feeling in my heart, when I was bursting with ideas? I want to surrender myself, and be filled with all that is loving, righteous, and holy. I want it to overflow from my pen and spill into the hearts of everyone that may read the words I write, especially the people in my life that look at me like Iím crazy when they see the cross dangling from the chain around my neck. What do I tell them? I never know, and Iím afraid that it will come out all wrong, but maybe I can write it. I know Iím meant to write it, that this is my special gift, my way of loving God and my neighbor, and maybe even my purpose.

Tonight, I can join the stars as they praise God. I thank Him for a mind that yearns for thoughts to inspire, and a hand that can hold a pen. This is why I write.

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Patricia Trimarchi06/01/06
Hello Me,...Ha!Ha! Seriously, as I read your piece, I wondered, when did I write that? I Identify with every word,and pray that the Lord will begin again to pour great things into you to write,that you will find within your daily realm a sense of order,and be enabled to move thru your days with balance...Most important advice...stay in the Word DAILY,pray,and do not neglect the body of Christ.These three must be priorities,and He will take care of the rest.You do have much to offer and your article,I'm sure will speak to many.To say "keep writing" is foolish to someone like you,as nothing could stop you...but do keep writing!I enjoyed this and you conveyed your love of this craft clearly...God Bless! Pat
Sherry Wendling06/03/06
I LOVE this! Yes, you're a natural writer, for sure!

Here's a key to writing inspiration (I'm still working on it myself): PRAY MORE, WORK LESS. When I try, try, try to get an idea for writing, it's work! But when I come to Him just to hear whatever He'd like to say, just to enter that LOVE place with Him, He usually opens my well of creativity in short order! Whatever form of prayer puts you in a 'listening' mode toward God is best for you. As the Psalmist wrote, "All my springs are in You." (Ps. 87:7)

Enjoy your gift!
Janelle Bailey06/03/06
Thanks for your words of encouragement. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one in this boat.
Valerie Routhieaux06/07/06
Wow! I felt like I was reading my own story for this year. My own mind has been void of words. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone, right down to the sink of dishes and the dog hair.
You do have a good handle on this craft. Keep sharing and writing.
Crista Darr06/11/06
This is a lovely piece that inspires me to push through all the warfare that attacks my writing. Thank you. Great work!