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Frederick Buechner said:
I wish that I had told my writing students to give some thought to what they wanted their books to make happen inside the people who read them.So far I have one published book - a children's book called Tadeo Turtle. Definitely the book has a purpose - to teach children and parent and grandparents that each one of them is special in God's eyes.
This is also the theme of my blog, He Cares for You. Because I truly want people to believe what the Bible tells us:
I have discovered that the more I read the Bible the more I start to understand the mind of Christ. And that is a good thing. Because I believe I am to "feed His lambs".
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).
I can't feed them unless I have been fed by Him.
All the writing I do starts with my learning it first from the Bible. Then I can share what I have learned. In my fiction books there is a lesson to be learned. So the characters are like me working their way through their lives and being taught by God through all their interactions.
Starting next week I am taking a blogging holiday for a month. I need that time to reassess where God wants me to spend my time. I plan to be out in my community watching and seeing where God is working and then following Him. I plan to spend more time in study and prayer. I plan to see my family as we are returning from our winter home (we are snowbirds).
I am excited. I have more energy in the past few days just getting last minute things figured out. God has been faithful in giving me lots of fodder to work with.
I love writing and I don't want to stop. But I am willing to stop if that is what I hear from God in the next 4 weeks. I want to be sure that this is the path He wants for me.
I would ask that you pray for me during this time of renewal.
I have written on this subject at Under the Cover of Prayer.
Am I Spinning My Wheels?
Is God Working Through Me?
So yes I am thinking about what I am learning and what I want my readers to learn as well.
What do you want your books/writings to make happen inside your readers? (tweet this)
How does my writing impact my readers? (tweet this)