It’s that time of year when people make New Year’s resolutions. Some folks mark this transition by taking quiet time to reflect and listen for God’s direction for the new year. Whatever way you choose to acknowledge this seasonal change, this is a great opportunity to re-dedicate your writing life and gifts to God.
When God calls you as a writer, it is important to stay in the flow of His Spirit:
- Worshiping God with your whole heart, mind, body, and spirit.
- Devoting prayer time on a regular basis to talk with God about how He would have you use your writing gifts.
- Spending quiet time in God’s presence so He can transform you – this will affect your writing and your message, and more importantly He will transform your life.
- Studying and meditating on God’s Word, so His Word will remain fresh in your spirit.
- Submitting your writing gifts to God and surrendering yourself to His plans for you as a writer (and as His kid).
- Remembering to re-dedicate your writing life and gifts to God on a regular basis.
All of this takes ongoing commitment and intentional practice. It doesn’t matter how surrendered you were when you started out as a writer for God. As time goes on and life takes its toll, it is so easy and tempting to shift gears. Despite that you started by the Spirit, you end up writing and planning by your own strength. You may not even notice it. It just creeps in.
When you write in your own strength, you miss God’s best for you. For example, you don’t want to be stuck in a past mode of writing, if that’s not where God is calling you in this new season. That’s why it’s important to re-dedicate your writing life to God and re-surrender yourself and your writing gifts on a regular basis.
While re-dedicating your writing life and gifts to God is a practice you can and should follow throughout the year, this time of New Year celebration is a wonderful time to practice this re-dedication.
It is always best to let the Holy Spirit lead you in your prayer time. But this prayer might help you get started.
Thank You so much for calling me as a writer. I am humbly grateful for the privilege of writing and sharing words so that people will be encouraged, challenged, inspired, and drawn closer to You. I invite You to keep working in my heart, so the words I write will be shaped by Your love and truth.
Lord, I want to stay present with You in each season. I want to flow with Your Spirit, and I want to follow Your very best plan for me as a writer. Help me to stay present with You as I write. Help me to be fully present in the current season with You. I ask You to mold and shape me as a writer and as your child each day in the ways You know are best.
Lord, I don’t want to write in my own strength. I want You to lead me. Please cleanse me of any ways I have been writing in my own strength. I invite Your Spirit to lead me in all that I do, including the privilege of writing. I lay my writing gifts at Your feet and ask that You cleanse them, renew them, and restore them to me in the ways You intend for me to use them.
Help me always to write from a place of resting in Your Spirit. Thank You for Your amazing love.
In Jesus’ name. Amen