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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: The Notebook
By Jean Beier


It lay there before her, containing 365 pages of idea notes, Bible stories, character portrayals, landmarks, and scenic descriptions. Written prayers took up a good portion of the notebook. All subjects being scribbled in an every which way sort of organization. Even the margins were not left bare. The question which played on her mind was what would she create with it all?

For a full year the notebook had been a constant in Deidre’s life. She never left a room of her house without carrying it with her. It went with her as she went out in the world for business, shopping, and socializing. It kept her diligent in seeing the world and the people of it, taking down notes and descriptions, so that none of it would be lost to memory.

Deidre lived and breathed reading, writing, and following Jesus wherever He led her. She lived a writer’s life, second only to her walk with her Lord.

It had not always been that way of life for Deidre. At the time she started the notebook, she had been a Christian for a short few years, and she had much desire to write, but little opportunity and experience. She had worked and only recently retired. It was a calling from God, that she would write a book, so began the new journey in her life, and way of life.

As Deidre read through the notebook, she discovered that the main theme was the prayers she had written, and the praise report that came from their being answered. She pondered this, and with the Holy Spirit’s leading, she decided that a book on prayer would be the best direction to take.

With the decision made, Deidre set about the task of sorting through all her notes and writing a book on prayer. This is where the lonely times of solitude took form in Deidre’s life. Family and friends had to move down a notch on her list of priorities. Deidre, the computer, and the notebook, became a circle not to be broken.

In some families this causes friction, but with Deidre it was not a problem, other than the loneliness for her. She was divorced and her children had long since married and were busy with their young families. They kept a constant check on her progress, and were her biggest fans, and givers of critiques.

Each time that Deidre opened the notebook, the words more and more appeared to be a shaken up jigsaw puzzle. Until one day, she flipped the pages of the notebook, and with it she had a vision of beautiful butterflies gracefully floating into the air, all making one wonderful scene. Deidre related this to the completed book that was to become of all her note taking.

With this God given encouragement, Deidre sat back to her computer, and her fingers began to swiftly punch the keys. The words just flowed and flowed until two years later she straightened a stack of papers that consisted of her completed manuscript. She sat back into her chair and praised God for her success.

It was another few years, and several rejections, before Deidre made connection to the right publisher. It was published, distributed, and had a successful run.

Deidre thought on the life of the book, starting with the seed to write, which was planted by God in her heart, the notebook of notes, the birthing at the computer, the editing, rewriting, and wining the right publisher. She thought of the sacrifices she and others had made during the whole process. And she thought on how it had also been a wonderful and rewarding writer’s life, and she gave God praise for it.

Deidre reminisced on her life. She had been a child, single, married, mother, divorced, working woman, retired, and an accomplished author. Was her life completed and should she pull out the rocking chair? Then she recalled the scripture Psalm 92:14 NKJV, which reads: They shall still bear fruit in old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing.

With the scripture fresh on her mind, she sat down in her rocker, with a new notebook and pen in her hands. Her life as a writer was continuing on. She would spend the rest of her days writing for her Lord.

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Esther Phillips05/20/10
Interesting read on the life of a writer. Keep up the good work.
Judy Wood05/20/10
I have lots of journals and notebooks, too. I think we can continue to praise God through our writing.
Mildred Sheldon05/20/10
I like you have notebooks with my ramblings. God can see the tomorrows and He has a use for each of us. I loved your article very much.
AnneRene' Capp05/20/10
Very encouraging for writers walking through all stages of life.
Gregory Kane05/20/10
A good testament to the value of keeping a journal
Lucile McKenzie05/23/10
You have deftly illustrated how much we writers need to rely on God's direction as we attempt to produce work that will be pleasing to Him
Terry R A Eissfeldt 05/24/10

Bout sums it up!
But you conveyed it masterfully - and beautifully