July 03, 2011

Press Through - Janis Cox

Press Through

artwork courtesy of Bill Osborne

Read: Matthew 14:24-26 Jesus Walks on Water

I attended my seventh Write! Canada Conference this past June. Each year I have come away inspired and ready to write for Him.

This year the Conference theme read, “Change the World with Words”.

Every year I hear, and this time was no exception, thoughts of insecurity. Myself included.

Why? Why, as Christian writers, are we insecure in our calling?

Grace Fox covered this topic in her continuing class, “What authors need to know” and in her plenary session. Grace is author of the book Moving from Fear to Freedom. She has recently released a Bible study and DVD based on her book.

Words of insecurity filtered into our prayer times with members requesting direction from God. “Is this the path You have chosen for me?”

“What am I doing here?”

“Should I be a writer?”

Oswald Chambers tackles this, calling it the deception of the Enemy – this self-doubt. He reminds us about Peter and how he walked on water for a bit – then saw where he was, lost his focus and started to sink.

Every time we lose focus of the One who calls us we have self-doubt.

“We step right out on God over some things, then self-consideration enters in and down we go.”

Chambers says if we start asking questions of whether we should or shouldn’t, we are in essence debating with God." (Oswald Chambers June 18)

"Never begin to say"Well, I wonder if He did speak?" Be reckless immediately, fling it all out on Him." (Oswald Chambers June 18)

How reckless are you? Do you step out of the boat when He calls you to write something?”

Can we as writers “Change the World with words?”

I think we can.

Let’s step out of the boat together! Press though our uncertainties and walk on that water.

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it (Philippians 3:12-16 The Message).

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.


  1. I'm excited that we CAN change the world with our words.

    And I thank you, Jan, for sharing your encouraging 'words'.... I'll race you out of the boat!

    I'm all for reckless abandonment to His calling.

  2. My experience is that other writers, clearly more talented than I make me feel inadequate--my problem, not theirs!

    Other have flair and imagination I lack, and inferiority tends to make me feel my writing is less important. that's when I begin to sink!

    However, I've come to realize that perhaps others look at my writing the same way. We all have a particular gifted way of expressing ourselves, and it is that uniqueness that God uses.

    I'm not walking on water yet, but I'm finding some rocks to step on!

  3. Isn't it interesting that 'insecurity' is such a recurring them among Christians in general. and yet, we are to be 'more than conquerors'! Great post. I wish I could have attended the conference.

  4. Anonymous5:27 pm GMT-7

    Thank you, Brenda, Bryan and Tracy,

    I know my problem is priorities. When things get busy with family, church and life - my writing gets side-lined. I try to write when I have the time.

    But insecurity is from Satan - right? He doesn't want us to write.

    And Bryan I feel like you - I don't have a gift for "beautiful poetic words" but when God puts it on my heart to write, I write - just like I think, and that's enough. God is enough.

    Blessings and thanks for the comments,

  5. ...and when we write from the heart, we touch other hearts. Great post, Jan. Blessings on your upcoming journey, too. More fodder for focus! x


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