Want to be a better writer? Take off your shoes.

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Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Ex. 3:5; Josh. 5:15

Want to be a better writer? Take off your shoes.

 Sometimes when we are writing, the self slips away, out of the chair, gone, but the typing continues.  Then the words on the screen seem to come from a place beyond ourselves, a holy place. In those elusive moments we feel the hands of God take our hands and the result is something beyond our own ability.

 When God appeared to Moses and later to Joshua, He told them the same thing: “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Ex. 3:5; Josh. 5:15).

 Two writers share about this thought:

 So why did God ask them to take off their sandals? I think it was an act of humility, an act of worship. It was a way of acknowledging absolute dependence on God. . . In case you care, one of my idiosyncrasies is that I remove my shoes whenever I’m writing. I do it as a reminder that I need God’s anointing. It reminds me that I am fulfilling a sacred calling.  Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle

 Why should you take off your shoes in the Lord’s presence? Because without shoes you are not going anywhere. You might try to walk, but you will not get very far. . . Barefootedness means immobilization, and so it is a symbol of submission. Being immobile . . . is a prerequisite for all activity, all service. Mike Mason, The Gospel According to Job

Could it make a difference in our writing to take off our shoes? Sometimes our small actions in the physical world can reveal our desire in the spiritual world. We might move into a place of surrender by a small act of submission. 

 Maybe we should all take off our shoes today as we sit down to write.

Try it and let us know what happens.

 Betsy and Laurie

 

 

 

 

13 Comments on Want to be a better writer? Take off your shoes.

  1. Shirley Conley
    February 2, 2015 at 8:15 am (3 years ago)

    I love the concept of taking off your shoes, however, I can’t consider it an act of submission in my case since I’m always barefoot inside. 🙂

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  2. Patricia Hunter
    February 2, 2015 at 8:26 am (3 years ago)

    I loved this, ladies. Thank you. I need a change of routine, and I can’t think of a better way to do just that than to remember I’m standing on holy ground.

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Patricia, A good thing to remember always. Good to see you here.

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  3. Lisa Womble
    February 2, 2015 at 8:51 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with Shirley. I’m barefoot whenever possible. Still, this is a great reminder to lean into the Holy Spirit more during the writing process (and not just when I’m at my wit’s end).

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

      I love the way you describe “leaning into the Holy Spirit.” Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Susan Rae Cox
    February 2, 2015 at 9:59 am (3 years ago)

    I love this! I am going to try it! Thank you!!

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Susan. Let us know how it goes.

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  5. securelyheld
    February 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for this. I’m going to try it. “Apart from Him, I can do nothing!”

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  6. Julie Garmon
    February 13, 2015 at 8:14 am (3 years ago)

    I love this! So….”of Him.” Thank you!

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  7. anemulligan
    February 13, 2015 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

    I love this! It’s exactly what happens! Many times I’ve looked at my computer screen and wondered, “Where did that come from?” and I hear a soft reply, “Me.” The Holy Spirit has the Father’s sense of humor, too. 🙂

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    • Writing Sisters
      February 13, 2015 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

      I love that! The Father has a sense of humor. Makes total sense when we think that he created us!

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