Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

Why Do I Write

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Too often, I get the cart before the horse…making hasty decisions I later regret. I got up this morning, tired from the events of the weekend, yet anxious to get to my writing. After quickly reading my bible and praying, I felt I was ready.

Several frustrating, failed attempts later, I got up from the computer—Put on my shoes and took a walk. The blog would have to wait.

It was the best decision I could have made!

I took time to breathe in the beautiful fragrance of the rose.

I took time to breathe in the beauty of the changing sky on the mountaintop.

Later I sat on the porch with my husband and we enjoyed a cup of chai together, feasting our eyes on
mourning doves and songbirds at our feeder.

Ah—This is just what I needed!

Was it co-incidence when our chimes played a beautiful melody as we joined hands in prayer?

I think not!

Once again, I was reminded—All I can bring to Jesus are my needs.

My priorities now in order, I came back to my writing—renewed, encouraged, and energized. I was ready for words to flow from my heart onto paper.

There are four things I need from Jesus before I write. Can you identify?

1.  Time alone with him, a quiet place where I can sit at his feet, with an open Bible.

2.  A cleansed heart, free from wrong thoughts and motives that block the flow of writing.

3.  Empowering grace of the Holy Spirit within me.

4.  Wisdom from the gift giver as I ask myself:

          A.  Why do I write?

          B.  Who am I writing for?

          C.  Are the goals I set from God or my own?

Do you find yourself running on empty, even before the day begins? What distracts you from spending time with Jesus?

I love to take time to smell the roses—Yet without the fragrance of the Rose of Sharon in my life, I just don’t function well!

How about you?

Let’s go off by our-selves to a quiet place and rest awhile.  –Mark 6:31

Apart from me, you can do nothing.  –John 15:5

I would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below.

12 thoughts on “Why Do I Write

  1. Oh Glenda, so often I get in a “resume” mind-set with my writing and forget this very thing – that if He called me to write, I don’t have to “sell it.” I just have to listen to Him. But in order to listen to Him, I have to pay attention to Him. In order to pay attention to Him, I have to give Him my attention. Undivided. This world is so full of distractions, isn’t it?

    Thank you for your timely – as always – post today. I’m glad you got up… and then came back. Hug Dave for me.

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    • Oh yes, and just about the time I feel I can turn away from distractions, I make my own. Yet, if God is for us, who can be against us…not even ourselves. He keeps working with us on and on us. Praise God for amazing grace! Thanks for sharing Becky.
      Hugs from Dave and I!

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  2. Yes, yes, yes. It’s all so true. The chai on the porch and the chimes was chill-bump time.

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  3. Great post, Glenda! It’s good to remind ourselves that we write for HIM, not for us. I have to be still in His presence, or nothing comes!

    And I’m with you on taking a walk. Nothing better to clear the cobwebs and give a fresh perspective.
    Hugs from VA 🙂

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    • You are so right Susan. There is nothing better than to take a walk to get God’s perspective and be reminded we write for Him. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your hugging words! WV hugs back to you!

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  4. GREAT REMINDER,GLENDA, EVEN FOR THOSE OF US WHO DO NOT WRITE! LOVE U MOUNTAIN FOLKS!

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    • It’s true isn’t it? Whatever we do, we function best when we’ve taken time to be with the Lord and to smell the roses, and watch our birds…etc. Love you. Thanks for stopping by Norma.

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  5. Found your blog through Heather Day Gilbert’s blog. Glad I stopped by. I know that time with Jesus is essential. Words don’t flow without his guidance. Yet how often I try to shortcut the process. Thanks for the reminder and example.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this article/blog! These questions you’ve asked here :

    “Wisdom from the gift giver as I ask myself:

    A. Why do I write?

    B. Who am I writing for?

    C. Are the goals I set from God or my own?”

    really have me thinking now … I love poetry – reading and writing … I love writing …. but is my focus still on God or myself … THANK YOU for making me think again!

    Ah,Willa!
    http://www.willa.co.za

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