June 15, 2018
My All Time Favourite Writing Verses - Tracy Krauss
Karma Pratt shared Galatians 6: 4- 5 with me a few years ago and I keep it on my bulletin board because it reminds me to write what God wants me to write - not what someone else says I should - and to do it with all my heart, soul and strength. (Check Karma's post this month for more.)
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. (The Message)
I have long appreciated Habakkuk 2: 1 - 3 for its admonition to write what God gives, committing the result to Him, and Sandi Somers mentioned this in her first post this month.
I will stand on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when I am reproved.
Then the LORD answered me and said,
“Record the vision
And inscribe it on tablets,
That the one who reads it may run.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time;
It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay. (NIV)
InScribe's key verse for the year of 2018 fits really well here, too: Isaiah 54:2 says, "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes." (NIV)
For me, this speaks about stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to my writing. It also speaks to us as an organization - to expand our metaphorical territory, possessing the good inheritance God has given us as writers of Christian faith.
Our theme verse for this year's Fall Conference is also a wonderful encouragement to write for God's glory. Psalm 45:1 says, My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (NIV) May we all be inspired this year to be 'skillful writers' as we present our 'verses' to the King of Kings!
Finally, I end with perhaps my all time personal favourite verses which I try to apply to my writing life, and often use as a prayer. They are actually two separate verses from Psalm 90 - (verse 12 and verse 17) which when taken together, motivate me to give the best of my time to what I believe God has called me to do and ask for God's blessing on my endeavours.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (v12)
May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. (NIV)
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