Write With Power

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What power there is in the pen. The power to allow a reader to step into a world of our creating and experience truth, love, revelation, joy.  Or with stories we can take a reader to a place of fear, hate, abuse. Our creator God has made us in His image to create. It’s up to us how we will wield that power. 

  • Light or darkness
  • Love or hate
  • Building up or tearing down

“A farmer went out to sow some seeds . . .”  Jesus begins a story that is layered with meaning but simple.  The reader, even years after the telling, has room to move around in the story.  Jesus loves the reader.

“A man had two sons . . .”  Jesus begins again and our hearts are drawn into the narrative, listening and experiencing, not manipulated and controlled. In humility Jesus creates the world of a story and gives it to us. 

In the best writing the author is invisible. The reader enjoys the story without awareness of the writer’s agenda. The author’s intent and focus as been on the reader, not on himself. 

As writers, storytellers, mothers, fathers, teachers we use words every day. The most powerful words are spoken or written in love and humility.

How will you use your words today?

Betsy and Laurie

 

18 Comments on Write With Power

  1. Lisa Murray
    February 23, 2015 at 8:31 am (3 years ago)

    Betsy and Laurie,
    Beautiful reminder! Writing can be incredibly powerful, yet as you describe, “the most powerful words are spoken or written in love and humility.” That has to be the heart and motivation for others to open themselves to listen! Blessings!

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 23, 2015 at 8:58 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Lisa. We all need those reminders! It is a simple truth but can be hard to enact.

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  2. joan taylor
    February 23, 2015 at 9:21 am (3 years ago)

    Absolutely love this! I am grateful to be called by God to scribe words that encourage, empower,and enrich the hearts of people to be everything that God has created them to be.

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Joan. Writing is a blessing for the writer as well as the reader, isn’t it?

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  3. Alice Wisler
    February 23, 2015 at 9:31 am (3 years ago)

    Encouraging post! Helpful!

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  4. goodnessofgodministeries
    February 23, 2015 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    So true.

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  5. mmoston
    February 23, 2015 at 9:57 am (3 years ago)

    You’ve said so much in so little… powerful, important, encouraging

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  6. Susan Rae Cox
    February 23, 2015 at 9:57 am (3 years ago)

    I love your messages! Thank you!!

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  7. Carol Guthrie Heilman
    February 23, 2015 at 10:24 am (3 years ago)

    A wonderful reminder. Thank you! And I have always loved Johnny Cash. I was not familiar with that song. Thanks!

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm (3 years ago)

      That song strikes a chord with me – such a humble man.

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  8. sustainabilitea
    February 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Not only the use of words in writing can be powerful, but the use of words that we speak, something to always remember and use carefully.

    janet

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  9. Shawnelle Eliasen
    February 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for this. It spoke straight to my heart.

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for letting us know, Shawnelle.

      Reply
  10. securelyheld
    February 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    “In the best writing the author is invisible. The reader enjoys the story without awareness of the writer’s agenda. The author’s intent and focus as been on the reader, not on himself.”
    Praying the Holy Spirit will guide me more and more into this truth. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Tara
    March 6, 2015 at 11:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Love it when you said, “In the best writing the author is invisible. The reader enjoys the story without awareness of the writer’s agenda. The author’s intent and focus as been on the reader, not on himself.” That’s exactly what I hope to do in my children’s books and novels! But it can be so hard!

    I’m new here but felt like I’ve just met kindred spirits through reading your last few blog posts.

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