**Thanks to all who visited and commented on Keli Gwyn’s interview last Monday. The winner of the giveaway (your choice of Keli’s book or a copy of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons) is Donna Pyle! Donna, I’ll contact you for your info.**
Sometimes, life is uncertain. It gets us down. We aren’t sure of anything.
But then, we read something from God’s Word or hear a song with Scripture, and it does something to our souls.
It renews us.
Reminds us that there is more to this life—to this moment—than what we can see.
I wanted to share with you some of the Bible verses that have meant a lot to me lately. I’m going to share with you why they’ve spoken to me as a writer, but I fully believe they can speak to you whatever, whoever, you are.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
My understanding is so limited. I can’t see what is ahead on my writing journey. I only know that if I take the next step—the one He’s illuminated for me—I am on the right path.
Philippians 4:4, 6-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! … Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’m not supposed to be anxious, even when I’m waiting for an agent or editor to respond to my submission. And I’m supposed to be thankful—and rejoice—at all times. Yep, even when I get rejections.
Because it’s an opportunity to turn over my turmoil, my doubts, to Him, the only one who can give me peace.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
This one gives me chills. Every time. He’s promised me that I can do this. In His strength. Not on my own. And that’s so often how I try to do things.
Such a good reminder.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.
If my desire as a writer is truly to honor and glorify Him, I need to give it to Him, and trust Him to take me wherever He wants—which, ultimately, is where I desperately want to be.
Jeremiah 29:11b (The Message)
I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Again, He’s got this. Why do I worry? He wants good for me, not bad. He wants to hold me, not let me go. He wants to give me the desires of my heart. I just have to make sure the desires of my heart are in line with what He wants for my life.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…
Sometimes I find myself wanting to write for the wrong reasons. Instead, my heart wants to forge ahead with nothing in sight but Jesus.
To know Him and make Him known…
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Amen and amen.