Thursday, March 6, 2008

Encouragement from Others

I was so encouraged and blessed to have a “celebrity commenter” on my blog. I posted a comment on Renee Swope’s blog asking a question. I think that it might have been a rhetorical question not really needing an answer, but more of an inward self-examination, yet Renee replied to my question on her blog. It was such a blessing to me that I wanted to put it in my blog-journal to be able to refer back to the things she wrote. To have a wonderful writer offer encouragement to a fledgling is so encouraging and I know that there will be times when I’ll need to look at and reread her encouraging words. Here is my question and her response.

Sometimes I think...There are so many wonderful writers and authors out there, how could I possibly contribute? But maybe in some way, with God's help, I can be an encouragement to others.

MaryLu, I completely understand how you feel. I felt that way for so long, and I still do when I walk through a bookstore. How could I say it any better or different then all of them? I had to come to a point where I was writing not for publication but simply for remembrance...simply to leave a legacy of my everyday journey with God. When I feel doubtful or discouraged, I remind myself that it's biblical to tell of the wonders of our God, to record it for a future generation, to leave markings along the way the way that others can follow as we follow Him.
The truth is, there is no one who can share the story God is writing in your life - but you! There is no one who can tell it the way you can. No one who sees Him the way you do, hears His thoughts towards you. And if He's gifted you to write then you need to write. Even if you are not sure you're gifted, ask yourself this: Does my heart come alive when I write? Are others impacted or encouraged by my words? If the answer is yes, then write girl write!

When I think back to my years in high school or college English, (I have to think hard that was more than 20 years ago!)it seemed that poetry and creative writing were my favorite subjects, (besides Marching Band and choir.) So it is amazing to me, though I don’t know why it should be, that those desires and feelings are still in me. I guess we are “hard wired” in such a way that our natural talents and gifts from God shine through.

So, I’m writing. Like Renee mentioned in her answer to me, much of what I write is indeed a historical document, for remembrance, a place to "put it down" so to speak. Through my writing, I hope that my words will be uplifting, that the funny stories of my children will cause someone to smile, and that through it all Jesus will shine through my text and be glorified.

Thank you again, Renee, your encouragement has helped me more than you will ever know.

Thank you Father, that you have given me the desire to lift up others with my words and direct them to you. May you make my words edifying and uplifting, make my writings be glorifying to you and lead others to a close personal relationship with you.


Jenny said...

I started journals so that if I died my girls would remember me! How goofy is that?? FOr some reason when they were really small I was I would die before they were old enough to rememeber me!

The good thing is, I'm still alive and now I think my great-great grandchildren can know me and what God did in our day to day lives!

Reformed Grits said...

What a wonderful opportunity! You are already an encouragement to me with what you write.

kmom3 said...

What wonderful words of wisdom she had to share! I, too, feel that way so often, and question why I am blogging. Thank you for posting that! It was an encouragement to me as well!
Oh, and I came by to let you know I have a little something for you at my place. Nothing fancy. Just some love.
Blessings, Mary Lu. I am glad you are journaling your walk with Him!

Emily said...

It's downright amazing what a blog can do.

It's a spiritual thing...really.

Carol said...

Oh, Mary Lu I feel the same way sometimes. After attending my first writer's conference and hearing all of the statistics of who gets published, its overwhelming and little depressing. Finally, God revealed to me that He is not a God of numbers. Remember how Gideon defeated the Midianites with a very small army? Numbers don't matter to God. If HE wants it done, it will be so. Then I have to constantly tell myself that I write to bless others and draw them closer to Him and if that means I never get published, that is okay too. It's a constant thing. I have to lay it down before Him daily. Thanks for sharing that I'm not alone in the way I feel. You have been a blessing to me today. :)


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