April 13, 2013

Rebuilding by T. L Wiens

I want to say thank you to everyone for your prayers and thoughts as we dealt with the loss of the roof of our house.

This isn’t the first time my family has experienced this type of loss. Our house burned down a few years ago. We lost everything or did we? In fact, eight days after our fire we were back in a house given to us by a wonderful family. Friends, family and neighbors filled it. We lacked nothing. If God can do that, I knew He had a plan with this latest excitement. Once again, I saw Him restore and teach me through a difficult time. Matthew 6: 19 which says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” makes a lot of sense to me. Don’t get a strangle hold on things because they can be gone in a moment.

However, there are things that aren’t easily replaced. One of those is reputation. How we endured the hardships is far more important than the things we lost.

As a writer, I see a lot of parallels to these life experiences. A rough manuscript can be rebuilt with the help of an editor but writing that doesn’t honor God is a different story. A Christian writers, I think we have to stand up for the message God has given us to write about even when what we write may not be the popular idea of the day. In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing is to honor God in all things.


  1. Hi Tammy,

    You share so many truths in a few short words - how we shouldn't get too attached to our things, and how we can always rebuild both our homes and our writing. I believe you've built your house on the solid rock!
    I'm thankful for you and your testimony!

    Pam Mytroen

  2. Wow - you have been through so much, Tammy! I loved what you wrote, especially this:

    "A Christian writers, I think we have to stand up for the message God has given us to write about even when what we write may not be the popular idea of the day."

    Yes! It is so tempting to jump on the bandwagon of the latest ideas and issues, but God has something he'd like to say through each of us, if we let him - something that will make a difference in his Kingdom.

    His Kingdom isn't visible in the same way as an earthly one might be, and such is the case with the things we write. They may not make a splash or even have any good effect that we can SEE, but if God has inspired us to write them, we can be sure they will reach the "target" he intends.

  3. Thanks Pam,
    Things have really gotten less important to me.
    Sorry you didn't make it to the conference. We missed you.

  4. God never gives us more than we can handle.
    I'm glad you found something in my post you enjoyed, Marcia.

  5. Tammy,
    Amen - for sure. Thankful that you and your family and okay. Grateful for the blessings that you see from this.
    And yes - our Words can tear up or build up. Let us be on the side of building up the body of Christ.


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