See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV).
Upon reading scripture, God opened my eyes and discovered the spiritual realm. Since then, the above scripture has been one of my favorites. I sensed God’s call to write about his peace. Although I prefer comfort, my strength is in God. So I step out in faith, believing He has a purpose, and walk through uncertain times. What a hope from God Almighty that verse is to me during this season of turmoil! Another is that He will never leave me or forsake me. Nothing can compare to his presence!
Our lives are full of memorable first times when we do something we’ve never done. We celebrate most new accomplishments. On the endless list we may recall, such things as the first day at school, friendship, date, dance, kiss, job, car, and love. We etch these triumphs in our minds as a victory over struggles and growth.
God knew that recording milestones along our journey would help us through future hardships when we learn from our past. I discovered that He is forever faithful. Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness. (Isaiah 30:8 NIV) One of the many firsts on this journey is that Dr. Katherine Hayes interviewed me on her December 5th podcast. She deals with suspense and murder. My devotional is nothing like that genre, so what did we discuss? Although, our choice of genre and formula for writing is different. There are things that all authors have in common.
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, your characters must be authentic for people to identify with them. Another essential aspect for all writers is setting the stage or atmosphere. The circumstances surrounding the characters are critical in all writings. It draws others into your story. God, may my struggles and weaknesses help others find direction and strength.
Lord, I give you thanks for the difficult times in my life when I allowed myself to fear. Those moments taught me to stay close to you and rest in your peace. Please help me convey words for the suffering of this world so that they, too, have victory over fear and depression.
What verse in the bible gives you the strength to conquer worry and doubts?
Mine is Psalms 121: 1-2
I’m excited and invite you to listen to my interview about writing. You can check it out on drkatherinehayes.com