Friday, May 08, 2009

Soul Talk-Part 3

The will is the decision-maker of the soul. It is that free gift given to us by God because we are made in His image. 

In order to be powerful, the will must be surrendered to the Holy Spirit. A will that is stubborn and desirous of its own way is not a healthy will. To insist on one’s will above God’s will is idolatry and rebellion. To submit to God’s will is to foster a healthy will. 

Why is it so important that a writer have a healthy will? The reason is that the will is the vehicle of grace. Without a surrender of our will to God’s will, we cannot receive His grace. And His grace is absolutely essential to our writing according to His purpose. Without His grace, our writing is empty and lifeless. With His grace, our writing is powerful. 

Surrendering to God’s will brings great joy. Let our prayer continually be, “Your will be done in my life, Lord, and in my writing.”

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3 thoughts on “Soul Talk-Part 3

  1. I’ve written from both sides MaryAnn.

    We are misguided if we believe that we can live outside of His saving and sustaining grace and expect Him to guide, bless and use us and our writing.

    Writing without asking for, waiting on and submitting to God’s will , even for a short piece, cripples my ability and diminishes my productivity. I come away feeling inadequate and dissatisfied.

    When I open my heart to receive and work with God’s will, my writing is richer and has more impact. Plus I walk away with the kind of fulfillment that comes from knowing that I have done His will in pursing my passion.

    May 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM

  2. Let our prayer continually be, “Your will be done in my life, Lord, and in my writing.”

    If you pray this prayer, you must be serious about it because it’s possible that God’s will doesn’t include publication. I always wonder, when does a writer stop trying to get published? How do you know it’s not God’s will for you and simply stop persuing editors and agents? The problem is sometimes it takes 10 years or more and often hundreds of rejections before it’s finally your time.

    I guess it all comes down to a close relationship with God. When we have that, we’ll know if we should keep going or not.

    May 11, 2009 at 7:33 AM

  3. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the latest book…I know I’m supposed to be working on something else, so it just isn’t flowing. I should finish the other project first. Thanks, MaryAnn! You’re always a blessing!

    May 12, 2009 at 12:13 AM