Encouragement for Writers

Whether we’re beginning writers or multi-published, we all get discouraged. Sometimes it’s tempting to say, “I quit.” But, I hope this devotional offers a bit of insight and hope.

When I read passages from the Bible, I can’t help but relate them to the task of writing. This morning Psalm 37: 4 jumped out at me.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

So as Christians and writers, we delight ourselves in the Lord daily. How can editing tough passages and receiving rejections from editors and agents be delightful?

First, I believe we should firmly understand our identity—who we are. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2Corinthians 5: 17. We are different creatures now with new purposes and motives. We don’t write for our own glory but for His.

Next, we trust in God’s leadership. He has the ability to accomplish his work in us. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3: 5. Even if things aren’t going like we think they should, trust that God is in control. Since I received another rejection letter today, I can speak with certainty and first hand experience.

So, now that means God will give me the desire of my heart. Right? Yes, definitely. Whether it’s publication of a novel or another use of our writing talents, God will accomplish His purpose for us and we can delight in that. Then someday, we’ll hear those words: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Dear Lord, help me to trust in Your perfect plan for me through my writing. You instilled the desire within my heart so I can be confident You have a purpose for my work. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Encouragement for Writers”

  1. Melissa, isn’t that the truth. As soon as I get my manuscript halfway written, I realize I need to go
    more deeply into my characters which requires extensive rewrites.

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