Friday, February 22, 2019

My favorite verses and quotes for Christian writers

I can remember hardly any of the real details. I don’t know what I was wearing, how old I was, where we were, why my writing dreams came up. I can’t remember any of that. All I remember with clarity is my mom saying “I can’t wait to see what kind of awesome Christian writing you will come up with” and me thinking, “Christian writing? I am not going to be a Christian writer. That’s so dorky.”

I don’t feel that way at all now! I’m excited every time I feel like God is giving me a story and I am always very curious to see how it’ll all pan out. Sometimes I find out how that work touched someone else and sometimes I don’t, but I always know there is at least one person out there being moved by something I’ve written.

Still, sometimes I need a little encouragement. Sometimes I don’t really want to share the stories I feel called to share. Sometimes I get negative feedback, sometimes even from people I expected to be supportive. Sometimes I submit freelance articles that are rejected with a note like “Less Jesus talk, please.” Sometimes I am certain someone else could have written the same story much better. Sometimes I wonder if anyone is really even getting anything out of something I poured my heart and soul into.

That’s when it’s time to look up at my writing board and reignite my passion for these words. I’ve got a great mix of quotes and verses up that get me inspired again each and every time.

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)

“Thank God, I can keep the shadows of my life out of my work. I would not wish to darken any other life- I want instead to be a messenger of optimism and sunshine.” –LM Montgomery

"He has sent me to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." (Isaiah 61:1-3)

“A book can’t change the world on its own. But a book can change readers. And readers? They can change the world.” –The Read Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

"You should be a light for other people. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing the book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right-in the way that's best for us." -The Railway Children, E. Nesbit

"But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." (Luke 8:15)

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