Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Scheduling Time to Write

After my post last night, I have decided to make a conscience effort to write often on my blog, even if it is a short thought.  Warren Baldwin presented a good thought yesterday on why we might not blog often, "We simply do not schedule it in!" This makes sense. 

I am currently working on a course on the Gospel of Matthew, a caution from the professor was to be diligent to schedule time to study and read as not to fall behind in the course.  Within ministry, study, creative habits such as writing, and living life we do need to be aware of our use of time, this has been my journey since January.  Some days I simply sit and forget all of the scheduling, which then leads to being behind! Or not writing or being productive at all, (at times this is healthy.)

Tonight while reading the course notes on Matthew a paragraph stood out which I would like to share: 

“So often when Christians accept Jesus as Savior and Lord they too want to accept him on their own terms.  Today’s equivalent to the hope of defeating the Romans may be assurance of health and wealth.  No, we can not fashion Jesus the Messiah in our own image.  He sets the agenda; not we.  Matthew announces this fact boldly.” 

Honestly this really hit home as I read, how many times do I want wealth or health?  And do I fashion Jesus into what is good for me? 

I visited Warren Baldwin’s blog tonight and he posted on “When Job Suffered” this is worth reading.  What stood out in his post was this thought:

“Suffering knows no favorites. The fact that one is leading a good life and has been so blessed by God is in no way a guarantee that one’s life will continue in such an idyllic state. In fact, having such a good life may well be what invites trouble.”

Why is it we believe life should be easy? 

It was good to write tonight, and I am going to learn how to schedule it into my study thought time. A quote I found on my twitter:  "The real joy of writing comes from surprising oneself." from Alfred Kazin's Journals

I believe this is true!  What I miss the most about writing when I am not writing is the joy that comes from the delight and surprise of what is created on a blank page.  I am constantly surprised.
Love to All,

On the InScribe Blog there is a prayer for writers.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Starting Again!

What a morning this day ushered in, and now it is the afternoon, and the first thunderstorm of the year is creating amazing sounds outside!  The rain will hopefully wash away some of the dirt left from winter’s long white covering.  New life is welcomed. I must say, it will be good to see green cover the stark nakedness of the trees in my yard once again.  Rain…it does sound and smell inviting today. 

I have been rather reluctant to write on my blog these days.  I have been asking myself numerous questions:  Why do I write?  Who do I write for?  Is there some deep ego driven reason why I need to write and post on a blog?  My conclusion to the questions is I simply like to write.  I enjoy the whole process.  No more fear.

Learning to let go of fear, and simply do what comes naturally has been a process.  In 2 Timothy 1:7 the Apostle Paul reminds us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and self-control.  As usual this scripture comes to me regularly, reminding me not to walk in fear.  

The bonus with the silence is a little wrestling with my questions is good for the soul.  Wrestling seems to deepen my faith in God. 

Rain, hail and thunder what a good gift to usher in Spring.  Another welcomed gift the desire to write on my blog again, I seem to have had a year of good starts and long periods of silence.  Well, here I go again…

What stops you from writing?  Do you wrestle with fear?  

Love to all,