From Dust to Delight (2)

From Dust to Delight (2)

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“I will run the way of thy commandments,

when thou shalt enlarge my heart.”

Psalm 119:32, KJV

In this same psalm, the writer’s soul lay in the dust and melted with heaviness. Depression withered his heart. But, now, his heart  is renewed to the point of running instead being face down in the dust. What has happened?

  • He prayed,
  • believed God heard his prayer,
  • and where he once ate dust, now he feasted on manna from heaven—the word of God.
  • He chose the truth of God rather than the lies of the world.

Where once, as my dad would say, “He was lower than a snakes belly,” now his heart blew up bigger than a hot air balloon with the joy of the Lord. His circumstances may not have changed, but his perspective did.

Before the word was written, the psalmist chose the way of the writer of Hebrews.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about

with so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us lay aside every weight and sin

which doth so easily beset us,

and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

Hebrews 12:1, KJV

The call rang out across the field, “Get ready. Get set. Go!” My eyes did not leave the 50 yard goal line. My 8 year-old mind fixated on the silver dollar waiting for the winner. I didn’t look to the right or left—always ahead—with my skinny long legs pumping at the speed of light(an exaggeration noted). As I crossed the finish line, my lungs burned and my legs felt like a bowl of jelly. Neither mattered. I won the silver dollar. The prize was worth the pain.

My race was a sprint.

The one we run as followers of Christ is a marathon,

filled with obstacles along the way,

and challenges which perfect our race, making us stronger.

In my race, only one received the prize,

but in the Christian race

there is a prize for all who make Christ our goal—

He is the prize.

Let’s take the first step and lift our heads up from the dust and say with Paul and the writer of Hebrews—

“I press toward the mark for the prize

of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus …

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

who for the joy that was set before him

endured the cross,

despising the shame,

and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured

such contradiction of sinners against himself,

lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Philippians 4:14; Hebrews 12:2, KJV

When the race seems to never end, your lungs begin to burn, and your spirit turns to jelly, remember the Lord enlarges your heart to receive—

Strength for the race: “Then he said unto them,

  • Go your way,
  • eat the fat,
  • and drink the sweet,
  • and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared;

for this day is holy unto our Lord:

  • neither be ye sorry;

for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10, KJV

The love of God as your motivation: The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,

Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:

therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Jeremiah 31:3, KJV

His promise of a prize: “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion

  • with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads:
  • they shall obtain joy and gladness,
  • and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:10, KJV

When we run the way of Jesus, according to his word, in obedience to the Father, he inflates our hearts to receive all we need to run our race with joy—for he is our rejoicing. He raises us up from the dust into his delight.

One more promise:

“But my God

shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19, KJV

What will you rejoice in today? Write it down. Think on it. And delight in the Lord with rejoicing. If you will, share your rejoicing in the comments that others might rejoice with you.


The Writer’s Heart: Rejoices

The Writer’s Heart: Rejoices

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4, KJVRGB72_Nazarene'sPrice

It couldn’t be there, but my curiosity kept bringing me back to my laptop. Expecting nothing, what could I lose? The better question, what could I gain? I typed my name in the search bar of Amazon books. Wow! My book, The Nazarene’s Price, appeared ready for purchase as an e-book. I stared in disbelief for a moment, and if I could dance, I would have done a happy dance. Instead of hurting myself, I rejoiced with great rejoicing overwhelmed with how the Lord has blessed me in this journey.

I don’t know where you are in your writing journey, but I hope to encourage you as others have me.

The Beginning:

  • Starts with an idea born in the heart. Don’t discount it, but commit your path to the Lord. Rejoice in the adventure.

“Delight thyself also in the LORD;

and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD;

trust also in him;

and he shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:4,5

  • Commit your way to the Lord,
  • but in the committing learn and persevere by taking opportunities to grow in the craft.
  • Receive encouragement and knowledge through writing conferences and on-line courses.
  • Seek out other authors who understand the journey, the disappointments and the successes.
  • Join a local writer’s group.
  • Rejoice in the people who want you to succeed—and return to others the help you’ve been given.

Commitment includes doing your homework.

  • Read books on writing.
  • In seeking an editor and publisher, study, The Christian Writer’s Guide,  and visit publishers’ websites.
  • Hear what other authors say about publishers they have used.
  • Check the guidelines carefully and follow them to the letter when you submit your manuscript.
  • Rejoice in the place the Lord has provided.

When you receive your acceptance letter and a contract:

  • Be ready to work with your editors and publisher. They want you to do well. It doesn’t mean you have to accept every change suggested, but be open to their comments. They know the craft and the business.
  • Learn from them to make your manuscript the best it can be.
  • Rejoice in their instruction.

More to consider:

  • Commit to praying for your publisher, editors, cover designers, other authors, and your readers.
  • Commit the success of your writing into the Lord’s hands and watch him bring his design for it to pass.
  • Then rejoice when faith turns to sight and you see your book’s cover on the market,
  • or read a review that says what you’ve written has meant something to another.
  • Rejoice because after committing the writing to the Lord, you can know—

“Therefore, my beloved brethren,

be ye stedfast, unmoveable,

always abounding in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know

that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV

Ours is to tell the story of Christ in fiction, non-fiction, books, blogs, articles, plays, or whatever avenue the Lord has taken us on. His is to give the increase. We all have his story to tell.

Commit your writing to him.

Trust him to lead.

He will bring it to pass.


What’s the best writing tip you would pass on to new aspiring authors?