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.

Realizing the responsibilities we have as Christian writers, we can get so caught up in guarding our writing time that we willingly sacrifice our time with You.

Please protect us from these temptations, Lord.

Overwhelm us with the endless depth of Your great love for us. Give us such a yearning to know You more that we can’t even fathom writing one word without first being nourished by Your God-breathed words.

Whether we’re writing for the Christian or the secular markets, please help our words resonate with Your truth, Your love, and Your limitless grace.

We do love You, Jesus!

Please help us to be so enraptured by Your love for us, that we have no desire greater than loving You first.

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.

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.

 

So, please, help us to be patient with You, Lord.

 

Show us the next step You want us to take, the next project You want us to work on, and even the next word You want us to write.

Show us when You want us to be still and when You want us to move ahead with Spirit-empowered wisdom, courage, and persevering faith.

 

We can trust You with the lulls, the delays, and even the unexpected U-Turns and detours on this adventure You’ve got planned for us.

 

When we’re struggling with impatience, please infuse our hearts with contentment.

Help us rest in the peace of Your constant presence, as we invest in the development of our voices and our craft.

Lord, please help us desire nothing above knowing You, worshipping You, praising You, serving You, and pleasing You.

 

As we follow Your leading, no matter how fast or how slow the pace You’ve deemed necessary, help us trust You with every moment we work, and with every moment You ask us to embrace the wait.

 

In Jesus’s name, Amen

 

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


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.

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.  

 

A Real Writer

I’ve been writing my whole life, but I didn’t feel like a real writer.

karen fosterIf people asked, “What do you do?” I’d tell them I’m a mom, a substitute teacher, a volunteer jail chaplain. Anything, but a writer. After all, they might ask what novels I’d written, or assume I earned a steady income as a freelance writer.

Never mind that I’d been writing stories from the time I could hold a pencil. Or that I spent several years as a newspaper journalist. I never showed people my portfolio filled with published first-person stories and Christian devotions. Never asked people to read my blog.

Compelled to write, but reluctant to admit I’m a writer.

Perhaps if writing had been my vocation instead of a hobby, I would have advertised the fact. Instead, I remained mute, and allowed my writing to wax and wane while I raised my children. And I prayed that one day, I’d become a real writer.

While other writers talked about “God’s calling,” I resorted to plucking flower petals for a sign. “God wants me to be a writer. God doesn’t want me to write. God wants…”

Then one day, a real author told me. “If God equipped you to write, then you must use your gift for whatever means. Now, say it out loud—I’m a writer.”

I glanced around and whispered. “I’m…a…writer.”

“Say the words like you mean them.”

“I’m A Writer.”

“Now, go write.”

That moment freed me to write, attend writers conferences, and join Inspire. I experienced a measure of success, but the melancholy thought lingered—am I a real writer?

What’s real?

Does a real writer have to pen a novel? Reach a quota of published manuscripts? Have a large platform? Become a well-known name?

In The Velveteen Rabbit, Skin Horse says, “Becoming real happens when a child loves…really loves you.”

By that criteria, the God of the universe really loves me. He calls me His own. Proclaiming truth—who I am in Christ—is my real identity. Writing is what I get to do.

— Karen Foster

Karen Foster loves to write, speak, and blog about the intimate satisfaction that only God can bring. Otherwise, Karen’s nose is in a book or she’s using her green thumb in the garden. KarenFosterMinistry.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of a Four Letter Word:

Guaranteeing Success at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers

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God’s people from around the world, including my writing and prayer partner from Chile, are preparing for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

Some are breathing sighs of relief because they made the deadline for pre-submissions. Others are talking themselves off the ledge because they missed the deadline.

A few are practicing pitches.

Others are smiling, nodding, and excusing themselves for an urgent call. “Okay, Google, what is a pitch?”

Friends who met online are excited about seeing each other face-to-face for the first time. Old friends are looking forward to reunions. And a few first timers are nervous, because they won’t know one single person when they step onto that beautiful campus.

Quiet ones will feel invisible or like they don’t belong, while gaggles of writers feel at home amongst their tribe.

Many, if not all, will be terrified of rejection.