“God is caring enough about your story that He is writing it right now,” Wendy K Walters of Palm Tree Productions, explained Thursday, March 14, during Release the Writer held at Cedar Creek Resort.  “He finds you fascinating.”

photoJust last week I was determined not to come to this conference even though the resort is 10 minutes from where I live. Writing is my life, my passion. How often does a Christian Writers conference come to Columbia, MO?

The last one I can remember was one my friend, Linda Ordway, and I held. I think we called it Spirit Empowered Writing. Recently, a woman called me asking advice for a book she is doing. She reminded me of the conference “I led” back in the 90’s.

“Really,” I said. “I don’t remember leading the conference. I just remember organizing it.”

“Yes, you led a session I went to and I’ve been thinking about putting the Bible study I’ve been leading these past 20 years into a book.”

Fear of imperfection

Isn’t that interesting, I thought. I’ve been thinking about writing a book for the last 20 years as well.

Thinking about it, though, doesn’t get it written. Sitting down at the computer and writing, every day, does.

I’m trained as a journalist. Some who want to write a book have no formal training. For them, fear of writing is a given.

I am not afraid of writing but I am afraid of the book not being all that I want it to be. I’ve written a lot of words. Are they the right words? I am afraid of imperfection.

Hurdles

“Get over the hurdle of I can’t,” Wendy said. “God has called me and I will obey. At the moment of the whisper, with no other details, I said, ‘Yes, Sir. I will obey.’ I’m committed before I know how. Say, ‘Yes, Sir.’ He won’t give you step B until, you have done step A.”

Standing on the back deck after eating a delectable meal, I thought about how much I want step B. I tend to want to know where I am going and how I am going to get there. God, though, just wants me to trust Him for every step. After I take the first one, He will show me the second one. Not before.

Touching heaven

“Bring out God’s genius through your book. Touch heaven and bring it through your book. Learn how to plug in to Him and the words will flow naturally.” You can tweet this.

Wendy K Walters knows what she is talking about. She touches heaven in her books. The words flow.

I can’t write this book but God can write it through me. Even with journalistic training and years and years of writing and editing publications, I cannot write this book without the Author guiding me every step of the way.

Anointed hands

I am an extremely weak person. He is an extremely powerful God. I know He has touched me, anointed me for this task. I will write with intentionality.

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands!” (Psalms 90:17)

The sunset reflected perfectly in the water, vibrant deep blues and rich oranges with just a touch of pink. It was literally divine.

I saw Him there in the beauty of nature and in the beauty of the people sitting at the tables around me, different ages, different religious backgrounds, different experiences, all mirroring the Creator.

God is writing His story. I am the scribe. What could be easier?

When God shows up
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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.