June 5, 2012

Devotion ~ An Author's Time


This summer, I thought I'd share some writing posts on how an author spends her time.  

Being an author isn't just about putting word on paper. It's an activity that fills nearly every nook and cranny of your life in one way or another. If you're not actually writing, you're thinking about a scene or character, pondering a lesson you've learned, or working on promotion. Because of this, it's easy for our lives to become lopsided, neglecting one or more ingredients that will make them richer, and will actually enhance our ability to "write" more effectively.
What I'd like to do today and in the coming weeks is to break-down the specific time slots in a writer's life and then concentrate on how to make the most of that time. There are twenty-four hours in a day--plenty of time to accomplish what needs to be done. So let's go to it! 
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"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care." Ps 95:6-7
Time for Devotion ~ One of the most important parts of a Christian author's life is her devotion time with God. After all, we are writing for his Kingdom. Unfortunately, there have been seasons in my life when I thought I was too busy to cram one more thing into my schedule. This error in thinking seems to occur most when I'm on deadline or during heavy promotional times. But I've learned that no matter how busy I am, my day flows more smoothly when I set apart a specific time with God, to pray and quietly reflect on his Word.
"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." Ps 5:33
Some mornings, this may also include singing praise songs from a hymnal or jotting down meaningful scripture in a journal. And don't forget the importance of silence. Step outdoors for a few quiet moments to appreciate the wonder of God's amazing world.
"Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave." Ps 86:11-13
Whatever way you chose, try to spend at least twenty minutes in private worship. More if possible. Next week, we'll look at another important aspect of an author's time ~ writing. Until then, enjoy the moments . 
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