The writing journey is, first and foremost, a journey of faith. And faith requires keeping our eyes focused on what is unseen more than on what is seen.
To see the unseen is called vision. The Word of God tells us that without vision, we will perish (Proverbs 29:18). Vision is keeping our eyes on God’s revelation to us, not on our circumstances.
Practically speaking, this can be difficult to do since we live in a material world that continually bombards us with stimuli that threaten to keep our eyes riveted on the here and now. But looking on the unseen involves using our spiritual eyes, not our physical ones.
The unseen realm is more real than the physical realm. Indeed, all things physical originated in the spiritual realm. What we see as physical is simply a manifestation of what first existed in the world of the spirit.
For example, the computer you use to write your fiction first existed in the spirit realm: the imagination of its creator. The chair you are sitting on first existed in the spirit realm: the mind of the person who invented it. Likewise, your story first exists in your spirit. For the Christian writer, her story first exists in the Spirit of God.
For this reason, we need to draw from God’s Holy Spirit when writing our stories. Only He knows the story He wants us to write for Him. As we look to Holy Spirit Who resides in the unseen realm within us, we will see our stories emerge in the seen realm to bless the world.
Copyright 2014 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All Rights Reserved.
One of the hymns I most remember from my early days as a Christian says that “faith is the victory that overcomes the world.” As writers, we know what it is like to have the world constantly pressing in on us. Health issues, relationship issues, family issues, financial issues try to stop us at every turn from fulfilling God’s call on us to write. So how do we handle these issues? The answer is “By faith”.
Just as it takes faith to obey Christ’s call to write for Him, It also takes faith to persevere in Christ’s call to write for Him. Our enemy Satan and his demons are continually seeking to get us off course from the purpose God intended for our writing. A case in point: my husband recently had to undergo emergency bypass surgery, a situation that cut deeply into my writing time. By faith, I placed the situation in our Lord’s hands, trusting that He would provide me with the time I needed to fulfill His call. As always, He has been faithful in helping me to meet deadlines.
What are you facing today that may be hindering your writing? Place it in God’s hands and keep pressing onward. Our Lord knows your difficult situation, and He will bring you through it. You will emerge a stronger person and, because of what you learn through your experience, a better writer.
Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, All Rights Reserved.
If you’ve been a fiction writer for any length of time, you know how harrowing an experience the writing life can be. In a matter of a few moments, we can soar to heights of elation only to plummet into the depths of despair. But as Christ-Followers first and writers second, we must learn to live the writing life by faith and not by sight.
What does it mean to live the writing life by faith?
Living the writing life by faith means making God’s Word–not our emotions–the final authority in all of our writing-related situations. For example, God’s Word says that everything I put my hand to shall prosper (Deuteronomy 30:9). When I receive yet another rejection letter from an editor, I have a choice. I can either allow myself to become discouraged, or I can stand on God’s Word that says everything I put my hand to shall prosper. “Everything” includes my writing.
Living the writing life by faith means refusing to look at the things that are seen and focusing, instead, on the things that are not seen (2 Corinthians 4:18).
The next time you are tempted to focus on the negative circumstances of your writing life, resist that temptation and focus instead on God’s Word.
Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All Rights Reserved.
What do you see in your writing future? Your answer determines what you have been believing about your writing.
Now, you may be thinking that I’m way off base. After all, how can you believe something until you see it? Good question. The answer lies in understanding the meaning of vision.
If you’re like me, you’ve often heard the phrase, “Seeing is believing.” This is the world’s way of thinking. The follower of Christ lives by Kingdom principles, and one such key principle is that “Believing is seeing.”
A visionary sees what does not yet exist. It exists in his imagination, and he purposes to bring what is in his imagination into physical reality. Everything you see around you was once a vision in someone’s imagination. The reason it became a physical object is that the person who imagined it first believe it could exist and then did something about creating it.
This is precisely what we do with our writing. We envision a story and then we create it. Likewise, we envision a writing future, and then we create it. All with God’s help, of course.
If you’ve been believing wrong things about your writing future, change your vision. Align it with what God says about you in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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