Devotional by Janet Grunst
Today I’m happy to welcome author Janet Grunst as she shares an inspiring devotional.
When I first felt God’s call to write fiction there was a story germinating in my mind that wouldn’t let me go. I had regular columns in local papers, but I knew nothing about writing fiction. There was so much to learn before I even started.
And, with two active little boys, how would the time to write this story? I promised God if He would give me 2-3 hours a day, I would devote the rest of my time to my husband and sons. He was faithful and provided those hours and I obediently walked away from my work, even when it was hard.
The adage, “God does not call the equipped, but equips those whom He calls,” became much more meaningful to me.
I learned so much in the months spent writing the story that would later be A Heart Set Free, not only about the writing craft but about myself and God’s provision.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
God prepares us for the work He calls us to do. The Lord doesn’t allow our insecurities to let us off the hook from doing the work He entrusts to us. But He supplies all we need, as we need it, to get the job done. Each day I let the characters tell their story on my word processor. I just tried to keep up with them. At the time, I had no clue about the difference in being a panster or a plotter.
I like structure, I make lists, and prefer to plan things out. By the time, decades later, when I was trying to complete my second novel, A Heart For Freedom, I was more aware about the process of writing fiction with both internal and external goals, motivation, and conflict. Plot points, inciting incidents and where all these were supposed to appear in a novel.
So, I set about trying to plot out the story. With my personality, I should be a plotter, but it didn’t work and I really struggled. The same thing happened with the novella written last summer and the third story I am in the midst of writing.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
I believe God was telling me I’m not going to be a headlight for you, Janet. I want you to trust Me to provide everything you need for your stories each step of the way. This isn’t about your plans, but what I want to do through you. Depend more on Me to direct you as you write, in the same way I’m guiding you through the story of your own life.
Are you feeling God’s tug or whisper in your life to accomplish something new?
About the Author:
Janet lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that can communicate the truths of the Christian faith, and entertain, as well as bring inspiration, healing, and hope to the reader.
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