....."I had created that first blog to get outside the walls of the church, but the women in the church (ministry wife bloggers) were asking for more help, more encouragement. I believe that God set me up a bit. I needed to expand my worldview outside the church, in order to see the part of the world that He knew I could speak into.
God loves his church. I love His church. God sees her pain and her hunger to please Him. He loves these women and I believe that His heart is broken as He hears them worry and stress about being good enough for Him. God, the Father did not set up the strict and confining rules that most churchwomen are working so hard to obey. His acceptance and delight in each of us is not based on how many chapters of His word we have read that day. It is not measured by how early we got up to spend time in prayer that morning.
The truth that we are loved and accepted by God is a simple one. But it is a hard one to believe. There is something about typical church life that slowly and subtly convinces us that He wants more from us than we can give. That we can never be good enough, work hard enough or give sacrificially enough to please Him. But those are lies. God loved you at first sight. He loved you enough to call you to Himself when you were running away from Him and living without Him. Why do we think that He loves us less now than when He first saved us?".....
This month I am being intentional about giving a set amount of time to my WIP each day. (My Work In Progress - A short book that I hope will make the reader more loved on the last page than the first.) Today is only the third day of the month and I have already wanted to give up. But today was a good and productive writing day.
I still have my freelance clients to keep up with each week and that small income is crucial, so I cannot let those deadlines slide. This is where 'community' can become a beautiful thing. Fiction writers have had a longtime tradition of challenging one another to write huge amounts in the month of November each year in a movement called National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. This year there is a new creation just for us NONfiction writers, Write Nonfiction In November or WNFIN. We register and declare our personal goals on the website and then check in and give or receive encouragement as the month moves along. There are no winners or losers, just a group of people who understand this silly thing you do.
It is only the 3rd day so I don't really know more than one other person in this particular group, but my REAL online writing community has already been established for the last year with a FaceBook Writers Group that I belong to. These people have amazed me with their sensitivity, ridiculous offbeat humor and practical help in the writing life. I have had serious freelance questions answered there and have even added some tips of my own. Thank you Julie, Tonya, Michael and others, you guys crack me up, guilt me and inspire me every day.
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