Seek Him First, by Jodi Whisenhunt

Why do I prefer to go clean the toilets rather than sit down and write whatever the Lord places on my heart?  Because I forget Matthew 6:33, which says to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  Jesus promises that if I do that, He will give me the things I need and some things I don’t necessarily need but that I want as well.  If I seek Him first in prayer and devotion, He will reward me with countless ways to glorify Him.  He’ll provide me those 30 minutes of quality writing time.  He’ll give me a day free from the pain of my rheumatoid arthritis.  He’ll let the baby sleep through the night!

So, how does a very unorganized person, such as myself, gain the discipline to seek God first in all I do?  Well first, I have made a commitment to Him that in all I do, I want to glorify Him.  I desire to live my life in a manner that pleases Him.  I want every decision I make, every action I take, every word I write, every breath I breathe to be what God desires.  I don’t want to get in His way, because when I do, I stumble and struggle. 

Secondly, I pray.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray continually, or pray without ceasing.  I must be diligent to do just that.  I make a conscious effort to stop and pray before I ground my son for dumping his freshly washed clothes back into his dirty clothes hamper when he’s too lazy to put them away.  I must pray before I step out of bed in the morning that I will be able to step out of bed, that my joints will move freely and with ease.  I must pray before I sit down to write.  I know the Lord has blessed me with desire and ability, and I must use it for His purpose.  I will be useless in all these areas if I do not seek Him first in all I do.

Writing is work.  My youngest won’t sleep.  My daughter won’t behave if I’m not watching her.  I could continue making excuses, or I could seek God’s wisdom first.  When I seek Him first, He will allow me that time for work.  Not only that, He will bless my work and perhaps gradually increase my allotted writing time.  He will improve the quality of that time and of all the work I do for Him, from writing to raising my family.  May it all be to the glory of the Lord!

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Wednesday’s Meeting

Dear Writers,
We had a most productive meeting Wednesday evening and wish that each of you could have been there.  Listed are the items accomplished.
1.)   We decided to meet at Panara’s in June just for a change and for fun.
2.)   We prayed for each signed up writer individually with a star to indicate those writers who are working on a project.  (The prayer discussion revealed 16 projects in progress.)  Each of you were prayed for by name.  Our prayer was that you will know how you can put your writing in its place.
3.)  We exchanged information and loaned writer’s books.
4.)  We, as a group, helped one of our writers summarize her new book into one sentence.   A one sentence summary of one’s book is requested as a part of a proposal for an editor.  
5.)  We divided into partners to exchange manuscripts for reading and critique.
The last set of partners left about 8:45.  All in all a good night!
We’re writing for Him,  Joann

Welcome!

Hello World,

This is history in the making. Jodi has set up the very first blog for the First Baptist Church, McKinney, Texas, Christian Writers.

Since our beginning in January of 2007, we have had 10 official publications from our writers. Some of us write in a Christian way for the secular presses, some write for Christian publications, but our goal is always to fullfill the Mission Statement our church has accepted from us.

Please consider its worth:  “We, the writers in the Christian writers’ group, realize the power and far reaching effect of the written word. Our goal is to motivate new and existing writers to use actively their spiritual gifts of writing. We pray earnestly that the Father will use our works to proclaim His love far beyond the scope of our ideas wherever our words may go. —Christian Writers’ Group, FBC McKinney.”

Thank you, Jodi, for this fine blog and welcome all who will use it!

We’re writing for Him, Joann