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What Editing Has Taught Me Spiritually

In my last post, I talked about some practical tips editing has really grounded in me more as a writer.

Now, to move on, I would like to share what editing The Thrall’s Sword has taught me spiritually. (If you would like to learn more about my soon-to-be-published novel itself, click here.)

I have realized many things about God through this editing journey. I have learned that Jesus is the best Author whom I can totally trust and rely on to make my life into a beautiful masterpiece. When I trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse my soul, He deletes all the bad stuff out of me bit by bit and adds good stuff to me to make me more like Himself–holy and righteous before God the Father.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Still, it really isn’t about the adding or the deleting, it’s about the becoming. It’s about the getting closer to God Himself. It’s about touching a little more of heaven each page at a time.

This is a story I want to live each day, basking in His grace, totally aware that my salvation is a gift and so is this beautiful journey of becoming like Him.

It is only through Jesus, the Author of life, that anything could turn our clear, coherent, and powerful. Without Him, my life would be a mess of unnecessary gibberish, loose ends, and frustrating tangents. With Him, I can live out the grand adventure He has set before me with boldness and courage, just as I was created to do. (Ephesians 2:10). As I keep handing the pen to the good Author and Editor of my faith, I can have confidence that one day I will see His face. (Hebrews 12:2-3; 1 John 2:28)

Can you have this confidence, too?

God didn’t make any mistake in creating you, dear friends. He created you for a purpose: to live in this world like Jesus (1 John 2:6).

Give up trying to write your own story and hand the pen to the perfect Author. Let Him lead you and guide you along the pages, to achieve a satisfying story full of meaning and purpose. When you do, you can trust that every detail of your life God is work out for your good (Romans 8:28).

I certainly love Him, and I hope you do, too. Because no matter what happens in this crazy world, even in these climatic moments, God will bring about the perfect happy ending for those who choose the side that is good.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

“I have told you these things, so that in me [Jesus] you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:31

 

 

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What Life is All About

This summer I will be attending a discipleship program for 10 weeks. Prayers are very much appreciated! ❤ It’s amazing how living life and growing in my faith and meeting people and getting to know them can affect and improve my writing, helping me write honestly and from my heart, since my heart is expanding into more meaningful territory. Though I may not have much time for working on my novel, I know this experience will be life-changing. And I know I will have time to slow down and ponder what life is really all about. 

As much as life seems like it’s all about the going and moving and chasing and running round and round here and there getting success and getting a family and getting a house and getting getting getting — as much as it seems like that… I think it’s more about the slowing down. The stopping. The stillness of a summer evening when the sun is slightly down and the stars are slightly out and you finally get the freedom to ponder. To rest. What really matters gently settles in your heart and peace befriends you in the coolness of the day that is coming to an end. The busyness kept it away for so long. You wish you could always be like this. Accepted. Your life of running didn’t fill you up. It left you empty.

What’s the point? Just being here is all that matters. So much for the trying. The trying and trying. You could never be enough to fill you up. As soon as you get big you deflate like a balloon who really tried its best, but the one needle-sized hole threw you off again. You need something inside you to stay the same. Unchanging, consistent – if you could just be that, you could at least understand yourself again. Whoever you are.

Because life isn’t about the rushing and rushing to inflate yourself only to soon get deflated again. It’s not about turning yourself into someone you like only to hate yourself the next day. It’s not about that.

It’s about the slowing down. The stopping. The understanding and taking it in. The breathing in the cool evening air and looking up at the beginnings of the little stars that decorate the galaxy in meekness and power. What wonders they are. Echoing the beauty of a King who sits on His throne in splendor, ruling in meekness and power.

Unchanging, consistent — He’s what’s inside you, filling you up. That’s what life is all about. Filling you up with the staggering wonder of your Ruler and Savior, until you have no room to worship your every whim and desire. Until the reality of the highest Power towers over you, and at the same time draws near you and woos you gently, swaying to a new song, speaking tenderly to you as the sun melts into the west and the stars glitter the night in deeper grandeur and purer joy.