Search is the prompt word for #FiveMinuteFriday and also for Day 28 of #write28days. This has been quite a busy month of writing, but I have enjoyed it. The discipline of writing every day helped me to hone in more on my writing style and confirm my desire for this blog.
My goal continues to be that of encouraging others and pointing to our loving God, who is full of mercy.
In Him I find joy even in the hard times.
LOOKING FOR WORDS
For inspiration, I took time to search definitions and synonyms, scriptures, photos and my art journals.
Sometimes I had to do a lot of thinking, searching and praying. I even recruited a couple of friends to pray, read my drafts and give advice.
If the words didn’t come right away, I knew that I needed to wait. Sometimes I needed to search my heart. Other times there were certain conversations I needed to have in order to prepare me for the writing that day.
When the writing was done for the day, I still searched for the right photograph or art page to use. If I could not find one that specifically fit, I would look for one that would work well to overlay with a scripture from the blog post.
The whole process taught me that even in writing, God’s timing is best.
SEARCH FOR GOD’S PRESENCE
I discovered something else this month, too, about the presence of God.
It’s not that I doubted His presence with me; it’s the fact that I became more aware of it. Joining The Presence Project was a good step, because it encouraged me to be intentional about seeking God’s presence.
First, because of participating in The Presence Project, I was more aware of God’s leading in my writing for #write28days. I learned that it didn’t do any good to worry about the words, because that would not make them come any faster. If anything, the worry would drive them away. When I chose to relax and wait, the words came when they were needed.
Second, because I took the writing seriously, the prayers and conversations with two close friends and other family members were crucial in my awareness that I was not just writing for myself.
I needed to be intentional to write words that were true out of my own experience, not just spout off Christian cliches.
So I became more aware of God’s leading in the writing.
Lastly, the #write28days challenge itself became a search for God. The Presence Project, conversations with friends and family, scripture reading and prayer – all helped me become more aware of the presence of God in my life every day, moment by moment. I realized even more how much He means to me and how He loves and guides me.
Psalm 32:7-8 (CSB)
You are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and show you the way to go;
with my eye on you, I will give counsel.
As I was working on this post last night, I knew I would have to wait until morning to finish. But, before I shut down the computer this song came to mind. I hope it blesses you and reminds you that God fills a need we all have. No one or no thing can ever fill it completely except God.
You can find the rest of my series HERE.