I wrote this song one night as I considered how effective we could be in the kingdom of God if we truly grasped early on that we were called to be God's agents, his earthly angels, maybe?
...If we were steady witnesses and distributors of His love, His goodness, and His heart towards all men.. If maybe...we weren't so focused on ourselves...
"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing." - Eugene Ionesco
"Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen." - Willa Cather
"This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." - Neil Gaiman
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
- Anais Nin
"Your writing is trying to tell you something. Just lend an ear."
- Joanne Greenberg
"All Writing Comes by the Grace of God." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."
- Richard Bach
“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.” -William Thackeray
"You don’t have to say everything to say something."
- Beth Moore
"I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged." - Erica Jong
Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down. - Julia Cameron
"The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin
"Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny."
- Alain de Botton
Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly, every day.
"I write to discover what I know..." - Flannery O' Connor
"A writer keeps surprising himself... he doesn't know what he is saying until he sees it on the page."
- Thomas Williams
"I am sometimes irritated by my own writing... I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within." - Gustave Flaubert
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” - George Orwell
Writers are the heroes of our age... Writers tell all or close to it - so we all can be better. Writing is a form of care, a high honor, a responsibility... Writers are messengers. Thank God for them. #sheaWrites
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. ...Writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. -Orson Scott
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. - Barbara KingsolverDo you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn't it such a relief to have somebody say that? - Kurt Vonnegut HAHA - sorry that one sounds so sad, but it made me laugh.. oh well! ****************
"Real writers don’t write to get published. They write just to write. Real writers don’t write for recognition or fame or notoriety. They write, because they simply cannot not write. By their gifts and a higher calling, they are compelled to create. Real writers wake up every morning with something to say. And they thank the heavens for an opportunity to do so. You are a writer. You just need to write" - Jeff Goins
“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
- Lawrence Block, WD
"If it sounds like writing I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rythm of the narrative."
- Elmore Leonard
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(#2) I've Learned... That If You're Going To Pray, You Might As Well Be Honest. He Knows Already, Anyway...
Growing up in church, I must admit I've heard all kinds of prayers.
Wordy prayers. Short prayers. Prayers that were full of heart, and prayers that lacked luster and thought.. Prayers full of scripture, and prayers full of drama. Prayers of faith, anxious prayers, and prayers that I just simply could not understand... another case of the deacon and his lost dentures? ...Perhaps.
"He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love."
(Song of Solomon 2:4)
This one, is everything...
When I think about banners, and what they symbolize... I can only conclude that we are simply unable to escape God's eternal, uninterrupted, unconditional, very LOUD love... And who would want to?
I'm thinking Jesus told me flat out.. about two and a half years ago..
"Perfectionism is stunting your growth."
Dear Church Baby,Believe again. Believe always.. You're preparing in time, for life in eternity. Stay fresh. Stay open...teachable, and hopeful... Fix your eyes. Imitate Christ. He's Cornerstone.
God is faithful.
His hand and safekeeping is evident. Count it a privilege to have been marked at an early age for His service. To know better, see better, and be a light in this world.. To be taught before many discover...
Jesus - the answer.
Never lose your wonder. Never lose your awe.Stay on course... church baby.
Read "Dear Church Baby, Part 1" Read "Dear Church Baby, Part 4"
"Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard....there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore." (Psalm 133:1-3)
Psalm 25:14-15: "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare."
Ephesians 5:18-20: "... be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father"
Ephesians 4: 15-16:
"... speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love..."
"And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise."
Galatians 3: 29
"One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: "…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body."
"Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.…"
My parents separated when I was 8.
They divorced when I was 13.
When I came across this video, it was all too real to me..
It reminded me of the heartache I endured.. his words mirrored mine.