There are times I can’t even believe how God shows up in my life.
I sure hope you have that experience. I’m alway surprised and yet I shouldn’t be because God’s been surprising me my entire life.
Well, as you know I’m working on my first full-length book, a devotional for Christians who struggle, or have struggled with depression/anxiety and never want to face it again.
Well, the writing part has been easy. I’m constantly reading about mental health issues, anxiety, and moods in general. My library records are proof of that. I wonder what the librarians think when my books come in. (We have a small library so I order books online most of that time.)
My mind is constantly mulling over ideas of what to write about. I always have plenty of information to pull from. And then there is my own experience with depression and that of many others I know and have come acquainted with over the years through teaching Bible classes, counseling, and as a hospital chaplain.
When I sit down to write, it’s like my fingers are writing with little conscious awareness on my part. It’s actually a little ethereal feeling at times, like something outside of me is moving my fingers.
I don’t think I’m unique in this regards. I hear other writers say the same thing. It’s actually very exciting.
I am also concurrently working on a fiction book. It also seems to be writing itself because I’m letting the characters tell me what they want to say and do. I’m not contriving anything and I have no real plot in mind.
Again, the characters are letting me know what is happening next.
I wondered about that. Is that even an acceptable method of writing a fiction book.
Shouldn’t I have an outline?
So I bought some highly recommended books about writing. One of them titled, “On Writing” was written by someone whose books I have not and probably will never read. It’s just not my type of book.
Stephen King, no less.
I mean, really. What would Stephen King possibly have to say to me? (Meaning, of course, that he writes horror fiction and I’m writing a Christian devotional. Nothing against the man at all.)
As it turns out, a whole lot.
That’s what I mean by God showing up in the strangest ways in just the ways we need.
Once I got past the language, and was able to cipher out the “meat”, I realized that I felt totally validated with how I’ve been writing. Things like avoiding adverbs whenever possible. I do.
Using the few words possible to say something and eliminating all unnecessary words. I do. (Which, in conversation though, I have a hard time doing.)
And there is so much more.
We need to always remember that God can give us what we need in the most outlandish ways.
This might be the most outlandish yet.
I hope your day is a truly blessed one.
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