Christian romance author LoRee Peery writes to feel alive, as a way of contributing, and to pass forward the hope of rescue from sin. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. LoRee clings to I John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. She has authored the Frivolities Series and other e-books. Her desire for readers, the same as for her characters, is to discover where they fit in this life journey to best work out the Lord’s life plan. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author. She’s been a reader since before kindergarten. One day she slapped a story in her lap. “I could write better than this.” (Lofty assumption, eh?) Her dear hubby challenged, “Why don’t you?” Thus her writing journey began many moons ago.
Writing with Humility
by LoRee Peery
Biblical concepts and specific words strike me at different times as I read scripture. I suppose that’s why the Christian life is considered a journey of growth. A word that hit me recently is humble.
I’ve heard testimonies of those who prayed for a specific virtue, such as patience or wisdom. Then they were assailed with unimaginable trials they could have never dreamt up. I’ve never been courageous enough to pray for something like humility.
Don’t get me wrong, I pray for all manner of things at all hours of the day or night. And I HAVE to pray when I write.
Second Chronicles 7:14 is the verse I read that made me pause at the word humble.
And if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (NASB)
July being a patriotic month, I could go off on a political tangent, but I will refrain.
The long and short of it is, I need Jesus. Without Jesus in my life, I am nothing. Without Jesus in my life, my writing is nothing.
Writing takes faith. Faith involves trust. In Him.
When it comes to humility, Jesus is our prime Example. In John 5:30, Jesus said He could do nothing on His own initiative. He came to earth to fulfill the will of our Father.
Every writing project, even this devotion, leads me to seek help in order to do the will of our Father in heaven. In other words, I have to get over myself. Any skill I may think I possess has been given to me by my Creator. Going before Him in prayer, asking Him to come up with the words ultimately is for His glory, not mine. I cannot do it myself.
The greatest example we have of humility is Jesus. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul encourages us to have the mind-set we see in Jesus. He existed in the form of God and lowered Himself to be born like a human, and live among sinful men.
Can you imagine what it took to humble Himself and accept death, on our behalf, on the cross? I can’t comprehend it. It chokes me up when I consider what He did for me. What He did for you. He could have called 10,000 angels to save Him.
He saved us before we knew it (see Romans 5:8). He chose me for reasons only known to God. Can I do any less, than seek Him for all I need, including the words that I write?
Dear Holy Father in heaven, thank You for your Word. Thank You for your promises. You are my Helper, whenever I don’t know where to turn or what to do first. Forgive me for frail feelings when I’m overwhelmed. You are not a God of chaos. Thank You for the example of Jesus. Amen.
Shattered by the loss of her parents, Deena pours her love into her patients at an assisted living facility. When the son of one her charges starts showing up to spend time with his mother, Deena’s wary heart is warmed by his attention to his mother…and to her. Simon is plagued by his ex-wife’s disappearance years before. When he meets Deena, who closely resembles the woman, he fears his attraction is based only on Deena’s looks. But she exhibits a warmth his ex-wife never had. Dare he risk his once broken heart? As two lonely souls pursue a tentative, budding love, secrets and lies come forward to tear them apart. Can Simon and Deena overcome loss and allow their hearts to mend?
I also find that I do a lot of praying when I’m writing. I’m thankful He gives me the answers or tells me when I’m heading the wrong direction. I recently deleted everything but one chapter of a half-done novel (about 40,000 words) because it was all wrong. The new version is so much better.
Thanks for the reminder LoRee about WHO we right for and WHO should get the glory.