April 14, 2010

Quotes from the World's Bestseller - Pamela Mytroen

While quotes from authors motivate me to write, quotes from God convict me to write. Here’s a few I have taped to my computer center to keep me on track as I write:

How’s this one for saying it straight to the heart:

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life(Galatians 6:4,5 The Message).

The following passage is a blend of different translations from 1 Timothy 4:14, 15, 16

14 “Do not neglect your gift (NIV).
15 Put these abilities to work; throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone may notice your improvement and progress (Living Bible).
16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; (NASB).
16b Persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you” (NASB).
Isn’t that exciting that people will be saved because of what we write!

Sometimes I feel guilty for taking time to write because I enjoy it so much. Do you ever struggle with that? In the following passage God reminds me that I’ve been given freedom by God, not guilt. But this freedom comes with a responsibility to serve others:

“You have been given freedom: not freedom to do wrong, but freedom to love and serve each other. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: Love others as you love yourself.
25 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:13 and 14 and 25).

How much weight do our words carry? God says they are sacred:

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, (writes) he should do it as one speaking (writing) the very words of God” (1 Peter 4:10, 11a NIV).

And one more. In those reflective moments before sleep, I wonder if I am running ahead of God instead of letting Him lead the way. This scripture is my prayer:

“Search me, Oh God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting”
(Psalm 139:23,24 NIV).

When I feel discouraged or lazy about writing, these scriptures keep me on task. I’m sure there are many more. What scriptures has God used to guide you in your writing life?

~ Pam Mytroen


  1. This verses impressed me some time ago and I have kept it on my desktop as a reminder of why I need to write.

    "Then the Lord: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.'" —Habakkuk 2:2.

    The prophet's been asking why God is silent in the face of evil. Basically God responds by saying: "Well, so get busy and write what I tell you needs to be said in a form that others can use to spread my Word."

    Pretty good incentive to me.

    Good post.

  2. Pam, So enjoyed your posting. When I first started thinking about writing years ago, I was amazed at how many verses there were that mentioned writing and publishing the good news....... .

    You ask if people feel guilty about writing as it's such a pleasure. I can say yest to that when I'm working on my newsletter for Mary Kay Directors. I have soooo much fun with it, that I sometimes feels I have to do when 'no one is looking'. And then I remember... it's my job! ha ha.

    The verse Lynda mentions in her comment is one I often refer to too. I love the way she phrased it here.

    BTW, I started spinning my chair on your good chicken soup news and I had so much fun I've been doing it ever since!!

    Happy Day!

  3. thanks Lynda and Brenda. I will add that verse to my collection. It's wonderful.
    About the spinning - we may have to start an hourly spinning routine to get some excercise!)


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