When an Author Loses Her Way

Guest Blogger Ginny L. Yttrup

My latest novel, Home, is about an author who runs away. But what does it look like when an author loses her way?

It looks a lot like this…

A Lost Author

Awareness comes slowly. The whirring of a fan. The rhythmic snore of a dog somewhere near my feet. Lids heavy, I open my eyes to darkness. No need to look at the clock on the nightstand, my internal alarm is set for 3:45 AM this week.

I tell myself to go back to sleep, knowing I can’t. Or won’t? It doesn’t matter, a shot has already sounded and my mind is off and running. A sprint toward something I don’t take time to define. Maybe I don’t want to define it.

Ideas spin, each more profitable than the last. My heart rate quickens.

Show Us the Next Step, Lord!

A Writer’s Prayer

(Suggested Reading: Psalm 16)

Thanks for reminding us that nothing is worth more than an intimate relationship with You, Lord. You are our Protector, our Refuge, our Provider, and our Wise Counselor.

Help us come to You first, rest in You continually, and always commune with You before we even think about writing.

As You fill us with Your truth and transform us with Your love, please empower us to place every detail of our writing journey into Your hands.

Please give us the words You want us to write and the stories You want us to create.

Help us enjoy every aspect of the writing process, from brainstorming to plotting, from editing to platform building, from pitching to publication, marketing, and everything in between.

Give us wisdom, a discerning spirit, and the courage to obey and trust You, even when Your pace and Your path doesn’t match our expectations or our goals.

Please remind us our identity and our value is in You, not in what we do or what we write, Lord.

As we seek You daily and pray for the readers You entrust to us, please reveal the next step You want us to take.

Thanks for the privilege of using writing as a tool for ministry.

We love You. We praise You. We need You, Lord.

In Jesus’s name,

Amen


Meme created by X.E. Dixon, with photo provided by Jeanne Doyon.


Xochitl (so-cheel) E. Dixon, an author, speaker, and Our Daily Bread writer, enjoys being married to her best friend, Alan, being a mom, traveling, photography, and sharing God’s Word to the ends of the earth.


 

Guard Our Hearts with Truth, Lord!

Mighty, sovereign, and loving Father, thanks for the privilege of using writing as a tool to share You through the various genres You’ve chosen for us.

We hear Your gentle whispers revealing the key to pleasing You as we serve the readers You’ve entrusted to us:

“. . . pay attention to what I say; turn your ears to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-21)

Thanks for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who helps us understand Your Holy Word and equips us to use the unique voices You’ve given us.

Please help us diligently plan and protect our time to commune with You daily through the prayerful study and application of Your Word, even and especially as we encourage one another to plan and protect our writing time.

Help us crave closeness with You above all, Jesus.

As we get comfortable abiding in Your constant and powerful presence, please give us an abundance of creativity, confidence in You, and contentment with the path You’ve set before us.

We hear You beckoning us to walk in wisdom:

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” (Proverbs 4:26)

Your truth guards and transforms our hearts as You empower us to write from a place of loving obedience, persevering peace, infectious joy, and unwavering faith.

May readers see You−Your truth, Your love, Your grace−flowing through the words You give us to share.

In Jesus’s name, Amen


Xochitl (soh-cheel) E. Dixon encourages women and teens to embrace God’s grace and grow deeper in their personal relationships with Christ and others. Her devotions will be featured in Our Daily Bread, starting in 2017. Married to her best friend since 1994, she enjoys being a wife and mom, traveling, photography, and sharing God’s Word through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and her blog.


Photo taken by and meme created by Xochitl E. Dixon.

Loving God First

A Writer’s Prayer

Lord, thank You for the privilege and responsibility of writing for Your glory.

We often declare our love for reading and writing. We’re quick to rattle off a long list of books we love, projects we’d love to write, and goals we’d love to reach.

In our longing to write words that readers love, we can easily forget the gifts You’ve given us are purposed to share Your love and to express our love for You. In our efforts to be good stewards, working tirelessly to develop our craft and meet deadlines, we can sometimes allow You to be neglected, as we tuck You conveniently into the margins of our lives.

Embracing the Wait

A Writer’s Prayer

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)

 

Lord, thank You for being consistently faithful and perfectly timely.

You can handle every detail of our writing journey, simply because You are Creator and Sustainer of the world.

You are trustworthy and all-knowing and good to all You have made.

The Joy of the Lord

Heather D. Blackman

In the midst of the storm,
The joy of the Lord becomes your refuge where you not only survive the storm,
But thrive through the storm.

In the face of adversity,
The joy of the Lord gives you courage to look past your circumstances,
And see the goodness of God.

In the fight of your life,
The Joy of the Lord reveals your inner champion to not accept defeat,
But triumph in the victory of God!

In times of weakness,
The joy of the Lord gives you strength to draw from your well of praise,
And claim power in Jesus’ name!

In moments of uncertainty,
The joy of the Lord gives you confidence that no matter what comes next,
Nothing can separate you from the Love of God!

In life every day,
The joy of the Lord extends far beyond the good times,
To a lasting assurance for all times.

 

joy of the lordHeather D. Blackman recently rediscovered her passion for writing poetry as an extension of her creative spirit. Her poetry has been published in Inspire Promise and Inspire Forgiveness. It is Heather’s desire that her poems will uplift, encourage, and express the love of our Heavenly Father.