William Wordsworth once instructed writers to “fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But putting our feelings and “breathings” onto paper in a way that will inspire others is not as easy as it sounds.
Prompt: What have you learned about writing very personal thoughts and feelings? What advice would you give other writers about putting their “breathings of their hearts” onto paper?
Breathe in, Breathe Out
“Breathings of the heart” brings to mind the cycle of breathing in, breathing out.
Each morning I breathe in the word of God, and the Holy Spirit breathes life and healing into my messy and mysterious life.
Peace when I’m perplexed
Clarity when I’m confused
Faith when I’m fearful
Then when I sit down to journal or write an article, I can breathe out His thoughts.
Thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit
Thoughts woven into a work of art
Thoughts to communicate God’s message
Ponder the breathings of your own heart, and meditate on the following thoughts:
· Stay close to God through time in the Word, time reflecting, time praying.
· Give Him as much as you know of yourself.
· Ask God to transform your present circumstances. He is faithful to answer you.
· Discover how God wants to translate the themes in your life into words.
· When you feel scared, vulnerable and exposed about putting your words on paper, trust God for the best way to tell your story.
And as you trust God, He will “translate (your words) into words of love, words that heal and transform, words that change lives, words that have eternal significance” (Marcia Laycock, speaking at our Southern Alberta WordShop, April 25).