Several months ago when Ashley posed a general question of interest in writing for a blog, I mused over it a bit. Writing has never been a big thing for me, and I wondered if I even had it in me to come up with things to say.
It didn't leave my mind, though. It kind of stuck there, so I contacted Ashley to let her know I was interested in writing for this blog she was starting up. And here I am! With several other wonderful ladies, and you, the reader!
“Who am I, writing for something like this? I'm not involved in any women's ministries, I don't teach, I'm not super-involved in anything like so many other people... surely what I have to offer will not measure up.”
I can't deny I thought something like that as things got off the ground. I felt a bit like Moses when God spoke to him through the burning bush:
“Moses said to the Lord, 'O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.' The Lord said to him, 'Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go: I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.'”
God gives us the words to say! We all have different stories to tell, different thoughts, different perspectives. I was just one patch to the quilt! It makes a beautiful whole when we live in the round, doesn't it?
In writing these entries, I have come to a deeper understanding of God and his Word, and, something I didn't really expect, discovering new things tucked away here and there in the Bible.
Do you know Malachi 4:2?
“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.”
I haven't yet figured out how to work it into a post (oh, wait, I just did!), but I love the image of calves prancing around. And what a comforting image to visualize righteousness warming us like the sun!
Looking at different translations also can be rather interesting in terms of syntax and word choice. In the New Living Translation, the calves are “leaping with joy” when they're “let out to pasture,” and the American Standard Version has them gamboling. Interesting!
If you're looking for a way to strengthen your relationship with God, I would suggest writing. It can be in one (or more!) of a multitude of ways:
– You could write for a blog. Start your own, get some friends to help out, or even just write without searching for an audience. Sometimes just getting things down to sort your thoughts helps a great deal.
– Start a prayer journal. On each day, write what you prayed for. Keep track of how God answers each petition. And make sure you have a healthy thank-you list!
– Simply journal. Get a notebook and a pen that feels good and write how your scripture readings each day struck you, how God spoke to you, what you got out of a passage. It's often interesting to go back and see what inspiration you got out of a particular verse.
– You could even write your prayers down. Maybe just as an outline, maybe each and every sentence articulated. Whatever might help you to not flounder, fumbling about for the right thing to say during your prayers.
How can writing for God further your relationship with him?
See You In The Round!
*Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.