Last week I had the opportunity attend a Christian writer’s conference in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. It was a privilege to be surrounded by people filled with a passion to serve the Lord through the avenue of writing. While I was there, I felt a peace from God assuring me that He wants to continue to awaken my writer’s heart. There were a lot of things that resonated with me and a lot of wonderful insight that I brought home with me.
One of the keynote speakers at the conference talked a little about what God’s purpose is for those of us who have been called to write. He explained that God wants us to write because He wants to spend time with us, create with us, and develop intimacy with us. And of course that concept is not limited to just writers.
That message resonated with me because as a wife, a mom, a homemaker, and a writer, I can see how God is using each one of these areas to further develop the relationship I share with Him. And the more connected I am to Him, the better I can make a positive difference in the lives of those around me. Sometimes I’m in such a rush to complete a task, to get something published, to overcome a parenting obstacle, to see the final result—but God desires for me to embrace the process and not miss what He’s trying to do in me along the way.
God will bring our calling into fruition as we allow His timing to unfold in His time and as we allow His plan to unfold in His way.
God wants to do something in us as we tap into discovering what it is that He has called us to do. He desires to teach us, to shower us with His love, to heal us, to draw us closer to Him, and to reveal truth to us. He also wants to do something through us as we reach out to help others and make a positive impact on this world.
Another thing that resonated with me at the conference was the word JOY. One thing I’ve felt over the past two years as I’ve embraced my writer’s heart (and also the roles of being a wife and mom)…is joy. Not that every moment has been easy, but I feel content more than ever before. Something comes alive in us when we discover that God created us with purpose and that He wants to use us as a shining light in a dark world.
Another speaker at the conference shared this quote:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ~Fredrick Buechner
There’s joy when we embrace what we are meant to do, and when we realize that the deep passion God placed within us is meant to collide with a world that desperately needs us to share that passion. We are the vessel through which God wants to share His message with the world. Through us, He wants to breath life into the darkest places of the world. Through us, He wants to bring hope to the hurting and lost souls. Through us, He wants to spread His love like a wildfire that won’t stop burning.
We are the ones He’s chosen to use to get His message out to a world that craves something better. And no matter how much the enemy wants to deceive us into believing otherwise, our world is longing to hear the truth about who God is and how deeply He loves each of us.
We can trust the One who has called us to do great works for His Kingdom. He will do mighty things in us and through us as we yield to His plans for our lives.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
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