This month’s prompt comes from Karma Pratt.
Nine Scriptures for Writers
God gave me this Scripture to share with you, “I will give you words and wisdom…” Luke 21:15. However, I’m “dry” when it comes to writing a story about it. (Perhaps I’ve been doing too much gardening?)
In the meantime, I thought of Tracy Krauss’ comment in my April blog: “As an organization, we 'minister to writers so they can minister to others'. I think this sums up why we, collectively, do what we do, for writing is ministry.”
As a result, I decided to share some meaningful scripture God has given me in times past, as a prayer, encouragement and food for your writing journey.
When you need to remember God’s purposes for you: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5.
When you need confirmation of God’s empowerment: “The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” Isaiah 50:4.
When you have doubts about your abilities and your calling: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” Habakkuk 2:2. (If you have a copy of 7 Essential Habits for Christian Writers, read Elaine Ingalls Hogg’s devotional, “When a Writer Has Doubts”, pp. 40-41)
When you are discouraged and need God’s encouragement: “I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you’…So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:9-10.
When you are uncertain: “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness…make Your way straight before me” Psalm 5:8.
When you are afraid: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27. (I read once that there are 366 verses in the Bible that tell us not to be afraid. That’s one for every day, including leap year!)
When you go through a rough phase: “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.”
When life takes over through emergencies, family issues, etc. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1. (Read Janice Dick’s “A Time to Mourn and a Time to Write” here)
When you need faith to ask God for something: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” John 14:13. (I also love Matthew 7:7-11)
Now over to you. I look forward to your Words from God and what He has meant to you through Scriptures.