As I worked on my first book project, I struggled with all kinds of self-doubt and fear. I wondered why I had even bothered with writing a book proposal.
I had faced several rejections in the past. And I had been unable to follow through on other book projects earlier for a myriad of reasons.
Yet I couldn’t seem to let go of my desire to share the spiritual lessons I had learned, applying God’s principles and promises to my life.
Peace. I had been praying about finding spiritual rest and peace. And I had struggled with the thought of compiling the truths I had discovered while helping others in their struggle with fear—especially with worry, anxiety, and depression.
Prayer. I had voiced a question to God as I wrestled with fear, doubt, and unbelief concerning direction for my book: How can I write a book about finding spiritual rest, when I’m still one of the most anxious people I know?
Promises. I discovered powerful promises in the Bible as I sought God’s direction and moved forward with my book. I hope they will encourage you as you work on your next writing project.
- God will complete the work that He began in me. “[Being] confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion . . . ” (Phil. 4:6 NLT).
- The Holy Spirit will teach me all things and remind me of everything that the Lord has taught me. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you” (John 14:26 HCSB).
- Christ promises to give me the strength I need. “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13 NLT).
What promises from scripture have meant the most to you while you labored over your writing projects?
9 Replies to “Promises for the Writing Process”
In times of trouble the man upstairs is there. I’ve had my struggles as well publishing a book. I’ve got a new short called The Writer Block and I would love your feedback. God speed
Yes, God promises to always be there when we need him. Jesus offered us this promise about our troubles: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1 NIV). Merry Christmas!
If you believe in the Man upstairs,you can go through any kind of pain. The belief in God makes everything possible,even the impossible.
So true! Thanks so much for that reminder. In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
That it all boils down to love, loving God and loving people. Writing is a response to His love for me.
I agree—so important to remember that truth about love! In fact, Jesus said the most important commandment is this: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
Amen! Thank you and God bless you.
Blessings to you too!
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