I started to write my upcoming children’s book, ‘The Plate Family Dishes Up,’ with one plot in mind and to my surprise ended up with quite another. No one was more surprised than me.
That’s what happened to Jude. He wanted to write about salvation but instead found himself writing instructions on how to contend for the faith.
Although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. (Jude 1:3, NIV)
‘Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind,’ came from my bulimic experiences but I kept my deepest thoughts for face-to-face conversations with women in the same circumstances.
John did the same thing.
I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. (3 John 13, NIV)
The Pregnant Pause of Grief, the First Trimester of Widowhood, chronicles ‘an orderly account’ of every thing that happened to me. This is Luke’s method of writing.
With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:3-4)
I tell you these things because I want you to know that whatever you write, it is right. You are in good company! Oh, the critics may not like it. Your manuscript might never see a book shelf at Chapters. But it is your story, written in your way and God gave you that story for a reason.
Enjoy it, even if you are the only one who does. After all, if you don’t, who will???
So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion. Ecclesiastes 3:22a
Brenda J Wood