Someone once said, “I never want how I write to interfere with the message God has given me to write.”
When Norman began cancer treatments in 2006, a friend introduced me to “CaringBridge“, an amazing site designed for families to keep friends and relatives informed through times of severe illness. I found my near daily writings, and the comments received to be cathartic. I could relate my thoughts and emotions as well as updates on Norman’s health to those I loved without the discomfort of being face to face. Those who read my posts often commented how much they appreciated being able to stay informed without having to ask me face to face and risk causing pain. When we’d meet, they already knew, and so we could have “normal” conversation. CaringBridge was an amazing gift.
I carried on writing to my small following for about a year after Norman’s death, then had my site printed into a book, which I cherish to this day. I don’t read it often, but in the back of my mind, I know it’s there, waiting should I wish to remember all God did during those months. During this time, many commented on how much they enjoyed my writing, and encouraged me to pursue writing my story.
I wrongly thought when I finally began writing, because I was gifted, I was ready.
Babies are infused with all that is needed to grow and become adults, but it takes time and a lot of hard work to prepare them for what they were born to do – become fully functioning adults. I look back over my earlier blog posts and notice many imperfection. Mistakes today I try to avoid.
I’m growing. Growing takes time. For all of us.
I’m grateful for the many professional bloggers who share what they know through webinars and training material, giving me the ability to grow as a writer.
Jonathan Milligan, “Blogging Your Passion” (I find his material outstanding.)
Ruth Soukup “Elite Blog Academy” (A blogging friend highly recommends her material.)
Both offer free webinar training from time to time, as well as courses you can purchase to take you from beginning blogger to one who is able to monetize (have an income through blogging). Also, you may wish to look at the book I recommend in “Resources”.
“Compel Training” by Proverbs 31 ministries is an online Christian writer’s guild, with a monthly fee to participate. I highly recommend them, as I gained immensely from my time as a member. They have a closed, limited membership with open enrollments throughout the year. They do this in order to maintain quality of service among their members. The fee for membership is about 25.00 a month, and covers member forums, weekly training in all aspects of writing, as well as opportunities to hear from published authors on a variety of topics. I went to the site recently, and they currently offer a free download, “Winning the Battle of Discouragement, 31 Lessons from Writers” for adding your name and email to their waiting list.
I chuckled when I read the title.
Write, and write, and learn from others. Journal, write letters, blog – even when you are discouraged. Learn and grow. Never assume You’ve arrived.
And remember, God will use even babes, with all of their mistakes, as long as they are yielding to his process.
God has given us a gift and a calling as writers, but we must be willing to take the time needed to grow up.
While growing, we must also trust the God who called us to write will also complete the work he’s begun – bringing us to the place he has for us as writers.
My job is to persevere and not give up. His way, his time.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
With love and prayers,
p.s. You may also wish to read the first two posts in this series:
“Encouragement for a Weary Christian Blogger” and “Write for an Audience of One”