Teach Me

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“Teach me, O LORD,

the way of thy statutes;

and I shall keep it unto the end.”

Psalm 119:33

Do you have a favorite teacher in your past? Three instantly come to my mind, each from a different stage of learning.

  • Mrs. Brewer taught first grade through fourth grade in our one room classroom divided into two by folding doors. Mrs. Brewer was my only teacher through those years, but that’s not why she was my favorite. She taught me penmanship in the third grade. I got to use an old fashion ink pen that had to be dipped in a jar of ink. Mrs. Brewer taught my class how to write with our arm rather than our fingers. We filled our lined primary paper with a connected spring of the letter o and a connected row of lines similar to an uncrossed t. It was fun, and I learned from this grandmotherly teacher.
  • In seventh grade, *Miss Claus taught me how to diagram sentences, which meant I learned the parts of speech and how to use them. Miss Claus always smiled, even when she finished correcting a student.
  • High school introduced me to *Mrs. Paddington, my bookkeeping teacher. She taught me to stay away from bookkeeping as a career.

Each of these ladies and a parade of others, including those who faithfully taught me the word of God, added new dimensions to my life. I thank God for all of them. He used each to teach and prepare me to live for his glory.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,

do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Colossians 3:17, KJV

The Lord continues to be my greatest teacher in all of life, and he can be in yours.

“It is written in the prophets,


Every man therefore that hath heard,

and hath learned of the Father,

cometh unto me …

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,

whom the Father will send in my name,

he shall teach you all things,

and bring all things to your remembrance,

whatsoever I have said unto you.”

John 6:45; 14:26, KJV

I enjoy learning, not for knowledge sake alone, but for growth as a person. The Lord still gives me those I’m learning from—*Lena, Ellen, Lily, Rhoda, and Richard—to name but a few. These are all at least ninety years old. Some would say they have lived their purpose, but no. Lena, Ellen and Lily live in the joy of the Lord as their strength. Rhoda hosts a bible study in her home, and has a heart for the lost. Richard faithfully waits on the Lord in his many trials and always has a smile.

All are living out God’s purpose:

  • teaching me God’s faithfulness in every age.
  • They are examples of how to live in any age with joy.
  • I want to be like them when I grow up.

To accomplish that, my desire is to continue growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, until the day he takes me home to be with him. To him be the glory.

“Teach me, O LORD,

the way of thy statutes;

and I shall keep it unto the end.”

Who was your favorite teacher? Why? If still living, today would be a good day to tell him/her.

*Names have been changed.


The Writer’s Heart: Writing

A Writer’s Heart: Writing

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“Now therefore go,

and I will be with thy mouth,

and teach thee what thou shalt say …

and will teach you what ye shall do.”

Exodus 4:12, 15c, KJV

Moses made all kinds of excuses why he shouldn’t be the one to go and speak for the Lord to Pharoah.

  • The people wouldn’t believe the Lord called him.
  • They wouldn’t listen to him.
  • He couldn’t talk well.

Most authors can identify with Moses. When beginning the writer’s journey, we write because we enjoy writing. There is something inside moving us to tell our story through the written word. Our own beliefs and fears can hinder us from seeking to enter our written words into the world.

  • Our acquaintances won’t believe our writing is a calling or real ministry of the Lord.
  • What do we have to say others haven’t said?
  • Our circle of influence is small.
  • Who will listen, anyway?
  • There are others who write so much better.
  • Why bother?

When our fears meet truth, we are enabled to overcome the fears and do what the Lord is teaching us to do. Has the Lord called you to write for more than personal enjoyment and growth? He did me in an unusual way and with a particular mission.

I didn’t know the mission when I first started writing to share with others. As an adult, I’ve had a heart for missions and God honored the desire, not by sending me to a foreign field, but through ministering to youth in bible studies and mission trips to Native American reservations, and encouraging others on the foreign fields. During those years, the Lord opened opportunities for me to hold workshops in a couple women’s conferences and speak locally. Then about seven years ago, I began blogging. Here is where the Lord gave me a growing platform to fulfill the desire to take his word around the world—and I didn’t have to leave home, family, or comforts. I only had to wait on the Lord to see that desire come to fruition.

Has the Lord called you to write?

Then write. He will be with you as He was with Moses and me.

Would others respond to my written word? Yes, and others will respond to yours.

  • The Lord will prosper the word he sends out from us.
  • We can’t allow rejection to dictate our obedience or desire.
  • We can rest in where the Lord will send his message.
  • We may not know where it lands but know the work will not be in vain.

Authors wonder how our work can be accepted when we read other authors (our favorites) who write better than we do. Instead of hindering our progress,

  • allow them to encourage us, teach us.
  • Keep listening and learning in the way we should go.
  • Take advantage of the many conferences offered. Find the ones that speak to your needs and fears.
  • Make connections with other authors and writing groups.
  • Keep writing.

The Lord hasn’t called us to write other author’s stories but to write our own. Our own is unique to us, evolved from our time, study, and experience with the Lord, and written from our perspective. What if Matthew, Luke, and John had looked at Mark’s gospel and determined there was no need for their gospel? We all would have missed out on the full story.

Moses grew as he followed the teaching of the Lord’s purpose for him. As the Lord has given each of us a ministry, let’s trust him to give us all we need to bring him glory in the work we do in his name. He has called us to be his witnesses and writing is one of the tools we’ve been given.

As we share the life Jesus desires for all to have, not all will receive or even like the words we write. For those who do, we have this teaching from the Lord.

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil,

this is the man who hears the word and understands it;

who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth,

some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

Matthew 23:13, NASB

Ours is to do what we’ve been called to do and rest in knowing God will bring the increase—in his time.

What’s the greatest obstacle you face in writing? Mine is marketing. But the Lord is with us in that, too. We need only ask. Now, therefore go, write. The Lord will teach you.