Do You Need Inspiration?

A woman I know was charged with the task of writing a formal, yet difficult, letter to a government entity. She, along with a group of other parents, are making a formal complaint hoping to change the way a certain demographic of students is treated in public schools.

Writing inspiration

This woman was not sure how best to phrase and format the official complaint. She told me that in this advocacy process, she was learning to wait on God to guide her. So, unsure how to proceed, she waited and prayed.

A couple days later, she opened her Bible and happened to read the beginning chapters of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes, in the land of Persia. Nehemiah had received a report that the walls of Jerusalem were in disrepair.  As a Jewish man, this news saddened him. The King noticed his demeanor and asked him what was troubling him.

Nehemiah told the King what was troubling him and made a serious request of King Artaxerxes. He asked the King to allow him to return to Jerusalem to oversee the repairing of the walls of that city. The woman charged with writing a formal complaint to the government, told me that as soon as she read this passage, she knew how she was to phrase and format her letter. She knew she needed to follow the same outline that Nehemiah had used to make his request to King Artaxerxes.

Often, as writers, we face this same issue. We wrestle with the best way to present an idea, frame a conversation, or illustrate a point as we write. We also struggle with the next actions we should take to take to move our works to publication. Sometimes, we lack direction for the next steps in promoting our books.

As I listened to this woman’s story, the words from a song I learned as a teenager played in my mind. The lyrics go:

I must wait, wait, wait on the Lord.
I must wait, wait, wait on the Lord.
And learn my lesson well.
In his timing, he will tell me where to go,
What to do, what to say.

Are you following this advice? When you struggle with the best way to write or present something or the next action to take with your book, do you pray and ask God for guidance—and then wait for his response?

A regular discipline of writing or marketing activities is an important practice. However, this practice should never replace waiting on God for inspiration and guidance. Putting something aside for a time as you wait to hear from God can bring better results than pushing through in your own strength.

If God has called you to write or publish something, give yourself the time and space to allow God to direct with divine inspiration. When you allow God to inspire and direct, your writing and marketing activities have more impact and produce more fruit.

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