Friday, 30 October 2015

My Capacity as a Writer


This is the second last post in my series for the 2015 Write 31 Days Challenge. I actually can't believe that I've done it. What is even more remarkable to me is that people in my real life and those I've met online have been encouraged and responded to my words. I write to bring God glory for what He has done in me; I write to share encouragement with others; I write to know myself better. For the first time ever, I am starting to consider myself a writer. 

From a young age, I loved words and putting those words together. I have won awards for pieces I wrote in primary school and was even a finalist in a national competition in high school. Despite all this, I have never regarded myself as a writer. I have received three prophecies from five prophets (two individuals and a team of three) in two different countries over the course of my teen years. Every single one talks about me writing a book one day. It is something that I have filed at the back of my mind but could never bring myself to believe. 

Then when I veered far from God's path in my late teens, I was convinced in my core that I had forfeited all right to these prophecies. It has been 12 years since that tumultuous time in my life. God has done some incredible healing work in my life over that time but there has still been that niggle deep down that I will have to settle for second best in His plans for me. I don't think I realised how much that is still inside until I sat down to write this post and the tears started flowing. That belief is a lie. 

I am a writer, as God created me to be. I don't know what that will look like in the future. There may be seasons of very few words. I do know that the ability to sit and have words flow out this month has been energising, uplifting and brought joy in my life. My capacity as a writer has come leaps and bounds in this challenge. I am more confident to seek out opportunities to further this in my life. I recognise the need for this avenue of thought to have space in my life, although I don't think that will be daily after this month is over! 

So now, I keep leaning in to God. He is the source of truth, grace and wisdom in my life. Without Him, my words will not have the foundation that I desire. I choose to be open to how He may use me in the future, whatever and whenever that is. 

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14 comments:

  1. Tears! That belief is absolutely a lie! You were born to be significant for God in whatever way He chooses you to be. I believe in the hopes, dreams and words that have been spoken for you (since before you were even born!). I do hope that, while you won't have the pressure of having to write every day, that you will continue to blog regularly while you wait for the direction of what to do about that book!

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    1. Thanks Mum. Your encouragement means so much to me.

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  2. God's word is unchanging! I'm so glad you choose to believe God and NOT the lie. :) Your words are such a blessing to us all.

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    1. Thanks for that encouragement friend!

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  3. Amen! May God continue to work in you and through you as you seek his will and fulfill his calling in your life.

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  4. I love that you came to realize that you are a writer!!!! Beautiful!!!!! I have heard that as a writer we are encouraged to write everyday - not to necessarily post it but just to do the actual practice of writing. I am wondering if God is going to write a book through me as well and since I have no idea right now, I am just going to work on the practice of writing everyday. Be encouraged sweet sister!!! God has great plans for you for sure!!!!!

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    1. A great practice to implement. I don't think I'll manage every day with the season of life I'm in but definitely a lot more days than I have been! We'll both have to keep writing and see what books develop!

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  5. I feel the same, finally starting to call myself a writer.

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    1. I hope it helps us both to write in a fresh, more confident way!

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  6. Great post! Follow God's leading and you will have peace! :) And know you are a writer! I understand feelings of inadequacy but you write, therefore you are a writer! :) And I agree with Larissa - practice writing every day (whether you share it with others or not). Something I also intend to continue after this 31 day challenge. Visiting here from the 31 Dayers Facebook group!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely want to up my writing going forward.

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  7. Found your post;-) I can really relate to this and I'm still kind of in awe of the fact that we all wrote so much! Love this: "I do know that the ability to sit and have words flow out this month has been energising, uplifting and brought joy in my life." So true. Can't wait to see how God uses you as you continue to walk in obedience to His call on your life to write--and be a WRITER!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to search it out!

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