Sunday Inspiration for Writers

“My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Though the context of this verse refers to Paul asking God to take away the thorn in his side, I couldn’t help but apply it to my WIP and my life. Oh how so many try to be so strong, so smart, so “on top of our game.” Strength is viewed as superior and heaven forbid you reveal any hint of weakness.

But isn’t that exactly what we’re supposed to reveal in our characters? What is their deepest fear and how do we take and use that fear to create the black moment where life as they know is about to shatter? A fear so devastating it’s a wonder the character…and the book for that matter…will survive and find that happily ever after? Isn’t that the moment the character (and the author) turn to God and plead for His intervention?

HELP!

If it isn’t, it should be. We endeavor to breathe life into our books. What is life without the same faith you instill in your own worries, your own prayers? Do we trust God to lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil as we walk with Him every day? Why shouldn’t our characters call on the same Almighty presence?

The bottom line is they should. I must confess, when I try to outline the path of my stories, I try to figure out the resolution of each calamity. If I can’t, I tend to try some other obstacle I know Ican overcome. So therein lies a question for me: Where is MY faith? Am I willing to write a character into a corner I can’t get them out of, praying the Lord will? Most of the time, I don’t.  Forgive me Lord, for my faith is weak.

My challenge to myself is to overcome my propensity to go the easy route. The good Lord gifts me with ideas for books. I pray I turn to Him for guidance so that I always write the book the Lord placed on my heart.
 
Blessings and have a great week!

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4 Responses to Sunday Inspiration for Writers

  1. I love this, Audra! We had a speaker today that talked about how we are always reaching for control…not depending on God and His guidance in our lives. And it’s so true, isn’t it? I love that saying…”The problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps crawling off the altar!” Ha! That is soooo me!

    Thanks for a great reminder to look to God.

  2. I love the living sacrifice crawling off the altar, LOL!! Isn’t that so true? I am eternally guilty of laying my problems at Jesus’s feet, and then snatching them back.

    What’s up with that??

    Trust and faith are just as important in my character’s lives as they are in my own. I’m constantly striving and praying for help, and maybe even listening to His answers along the way, too.

    Thanks for stopping by, Sherrinda!

  3. We are control-freaks-of-the-highest order.

    Sigh.

    You done good, kid. This is lovely.

  4. Thanks, Ruthy : ) I need my hands slapped more often than I like.

    Who needs control anyway? Just give it up…ha! Easier said than done : )

    Thanks for stopping by, kiddo!