Last week I was with a friend and she said she was reading an advanced copy of my upcoming release, A Family Arrangement. She told me all the things she's enjoying about the story and she said she's amazed that the plot and the characters were made up in my imagination. She marveled that she could get a peek into my mind and heart while she read the story and she asked me a great question. She said: "Do you always write from a good place? Or do you ever write when you're going through tough situations?" Because, to her, it appeared that I was in a really great place when I wrote that story.
|The moment my books arrived on my doorstep!|
But here's the beautiful part. I might be under a lot of stress while writing a story, but often it's within the story that I am able to find my rest. I write because it's the creative expression God has given me to commune with Him. When I sit down to write a story, it's as if He comes alongside me and fills in all the gaps. Sometimes, there are things I put down on paper that I do not see coming. They take me by surprise and overwhelm me with their beauty. Sometimes a character will say exactly what I need to hear, even if I don't realize it at first. It's during times like that where I'm in awe of God's hand in my life and in my story. Those moments refresh me and give me the strength I need to manage all the other areas of my life that need tending.
For some people, they find rest and relaxation in gardening, scrapbooking, fishing, decorating, painting, singing, playing an instrument, exercising, helping friends and neighbors...the list goes on an on. You don't have to be in a good place to do those things well. Often, you go to those places to bring everything back into perspective and to rejuvenate.
For me, and many others, we use our writing.
No, I don't always write from a good place, but while I'm writing, God brings me to where I need to be.
How do you refresh and reenergize? What activity makes you feel closer to God? Are you ever required to do something, even if you don't feel like doing it?
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