In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, I Write from the Heart
Writing like any other thing in life requires discipline. Most writers will tell you there is pain between pages and blood on the keyboard.
Trying to balance life with writing is a struggle many writers face. They take writing retreats to get away from the daily distractions so they may concentrate on their work.
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As a writer, juggling writing with family, and other obligations, becomes a delicate balance.
One of the biggest frustrations a writer faces is when the words come quickly and they cannot get to a place fast enough to put those words down.
To get pulled away from writing when the urge to write is bursting inside is very frustrating. When you can't get to a keyboard at that moment because of other obligations.
Words, phrases or thoughts can be lost in space very quickly. What about those paragraphs and pages that are spilling over in the mind?
Keeping a notebook on hand helps but sometimes the writing pours out like a flash flood. How does one maintain a sense of balance? It's not easy and non-writers don't understand it.
Frustration is suppose to be the sign of a struggling artist or painter, not a writer.
When frustration happens, take a breather. Take a moment to just savor the moment.
Excuse yourself to anyone who may be nearby. Run to the bathroom. You keep paper in the bathroom, don't you? Repeat the idea or thought in your mind over and over as you run to your paper stock.
Get those thoughts out, pour it over in summary fashion, in outline form. Don't worry about the spelling or if it makes any sense, just get the ideas out. Once you have released the thought or the idea and you feel a quieting in your spirit, then you are done.
By releasing the ideas you wanted to express, you free yourself to enjoy the rest of your day.
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
About this writer
This writer knows the balance of keeping things outlined. There are so many fragmented articles on my computer that are ready to be completed any time.
There are just as many idea starters as there are thoughts ready to throw down on paper.
Starting with a prayer, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I can begin. When I have finished my article, post, or piece, I close it in prayer.
With the sign of the cross, I ask, "put a blessing on this work Lord. Let it breathe your breath, let it transform and renew, let it open an heart, move a spirit, or speak to another's soul."
Then I thank God for allowing me to do what I love.
To be the writer I want to be. I must do it this way. Otherwise it will fail. For me, this is important. I have a message that God imprints on my heart. In my writing when I feel compassion, it's like a stamp sealed with the symbol of the cross.
For Christ made it all possible for me. My life has taken so many turns and to end up writing is something that still amazes me. But I remember I'm looking at it through my own eyes. If I see it through God's eyes, I realize that it is His purpose and His will.
For this I am thankful. To my readers, I'm grateful. To my online viewers, I'm amazed. And to my family, there is nothing that can ever replace you.
“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” - Charles Spurgeon
About keeping a journal
Journaling is a great adventure. To find out what your truest self thinks, try journaling.
Most therapists will recommend their patients start a journal. Why? Because it is therapeutic. Writing underlines the heart's feelings. It expresses the thoughts of one's soul. In the spirited writer, they have the ability to connect on a deeper level with God.
By changing your thoughts, you can change the direction of your life. Every individual has the knowledge within themselves to be average, to excel, or to be lazy. The difference between these types is in their thoughts.
With writing, your soul opens up and the spirit's voice is heard.
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In the end, all that will be left are the words on this page.
Maybe a light will shine in a darkened place, maybe a soul that was lost will be found, maybe a broken heart will find healing, and maybe there's a chance these words will do something great.
This is my hope, my dream, my reason for writing. Taking it as it comes, writing when the spirit moves and renewing my soul, I am gaining a new sense of freedom.
For I know He makes all things new. He turns the tears to laughter and He gives back everything that was lost.
To be able to write is a blessing. For God chose me, to break me, so that I could see this clearly. I write, for I am a writer. And I have faith, for I am a child of God.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I write. Amen.
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