Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lent Day 18: Who's talking?

Are you listening?
Last night I met with other writers for the monthly meeting of the Northwest Christian Writers Association. I highly recommend the organization for aspiring and published authors.

The opening devotional spotlighted grace:
  • G - everyone is gifted. (Those in the room are gifted with writing, among other things.)
  • R - we're redeemed. Rescued. Given a testimony to share.
  • A - we're anointed to minister (writers: through writing); God's authority goes with us.
  • C - we need commitment and courage. (Writers are criticized and scrutinized.)
  • E - we need endurance. (The path to publication or any other worthy goal is often long ... lined with rejection and failure before recognition.)
I was ready to go home at that point. Full of things to think about.

What do you hear?
Even before our word-crafting session, an exercise to stimulate writing creativity. We were asked to choose one scripture from several on a handout. Then we wrote for 5 minutes "without editing your writing."

I chose Isaiah 55:8-9, 11 for my writing meditation. God tells the prophet (also a writer):
So shall My word be that goes forth
from My mouth;
it shall not return to Me void
but it shall accomplish what I please.
And it shall prosper in the thing
for which I sent it.

This tells me God's Word is:
  1. Purposeful. God is intentional in sending out His word.
  2. Proper. It comes from His mouth with intentionality, force, and character.
  3. Prosperous. It is effective and accomplishes what God sets out to do.
  4. Pleasureful. God is pleased when His word does its work.

The Word spoke worlds into existence. His words fill all of creation with movement, breathing among us -- the power of God-with-us.

What does the Word speak to you?
Who's talking to you today?

Do you schedule time to listen to and hear the Word -- through scripture, prayers, the church, and other believers?
  • If so, what does He say to you? 
  • If not, why not? You are missing out on the Grand Conversation, the mystery of a God who created us for relationship with Him.

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