Posts Tagged ‘Michael Card’

Writing Tips From Jesus: One


But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. John 8:6

On this earth nothing we write will last. All is temporary, even the old classics are fading as new writers rise up.  In a thousand years or even a hundred who will be remembered?

 In the Bible God wrote twice.  Once with his finger reaching down to give the law on two stone tablets.  Then again as Jesus wrote with finger, this time scribbling in the sand.

When Jesus wrote men were ready to stone a woman for adultery.  Jesus made a space in time.  He slowed down the action as he scribbled and the men were changed. No one knows what he wrote.

It’s the idea that art is something unexpected and creative and creates a space in time where we can hear God.  Michael Card.

 Perhaps no one will remember our words, but if we can create a space for God though our writing our readers can be changed eternally. God can speak into that space and time.

What is your goal as a writer? Bestseller list? Fame? Few attain those goals and the satisfaction is temporary. What if we could shift our focus and write from the perspective of eternity. The best writing creates a space in a reader’s mind and heart for God to enter.

A blog, a tweet, a story written for our children, a devotional message in the church newsletter, a lesson prepared for a small group. All writing is important and at the same time all writing is just scribbling in the sand. 

Some are called to be prophetic goads, and some giants may hammer in firmly embedded nails. But the rest of us can aspire, with no tinge of shame, to scribbling in the sand.  Philip Yancey

What do you think?

Betsy and Laurie

Do You Want More Joy?


But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy  Galatians 5:22

I want more joy.  I can come to my desk with the spirit of drudgery or the spirit of worship. With worship comes Joy.

“We have forgotten that the call to creativity is a call to worship.” 

Michael Card

Somewhere along the way I learned that work was the opposite of worship. I learned wrong.  When I engage in my work as worship, I can write with joy.  If I am writing with a sense of the wonder and expectation I revel in my work and experience joy:

The joy of creating.

The joy of connecting with God.

The joy of sharing myself with others.

 It helps to come with a sense of expectation to the desk instead of dread.  When I lose myself in the writing I do my best work.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” 
Marianne Williamson

“when we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus”
Corrie ten Boom

How do you experience joy?  Do you want more?

Betsy and Laurie

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Can You Write WIth More Love?

Creativity and Worship



“We have forgotten that the call to creativity is a call to worship.”  Michael Card

Enjoy Sunday, The Writing Sisters