Oh the joys of being able to write again. It has been too long since my last post on this blog. I realize some of you may think I have forgotten about you. Truth to tell, I have been insanely busy with holidays, deadlines at the church and publishing a book. Did I mention publishing a book? Boy, did that take up a lot of my time. And, now that things have settled down, I’m able to write, and it feels great!
There are many times I’ll wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my next book. The voices in my head continually speak to me, begging me to write their story. You may think I’m insane for saying there are voices talking to me. But, the truth is, even though I write my characters stories down, and that can be daunting, they talk all the time—it’s getting them to shut-up that’s the trick. In all honesty, I am currently working on my next novel. When the time comes, I will share my discoveries with you—perhaps a little morsel for you to chew on.
However, with all the craziness of life there is one common thread I must keep focused on. This is the most important thought that must remain in my mind at all times. The Prophet Isaiah says this;
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You…” Is. 26:3
There is complete and utter serenity when we begin to place our minds and thoughts on Jesus Christ. There is no better place to be than in His everlasting arms of gentleness. I find in my early waking moments, when my characters are blaring their thoughts, I must focus instead on Jesus. The question I have for you is this… what causes you to lose focus on Christ? What brings about anxiety and restlessness of mind and spirit?
Philippians 4:6-7; “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It doesn’t matter what goes on in our thoughts or minds. It doesn’t matter if we have fear creeping around in the dark recesses of our soul. What matters is that we bring our petitions before an Almighty God, who through Christ Jesus. This will keep our mind at ease. Yet, Christ will not guard our heart and mind if we do not bring our fear and anxiety—those voices—to God first. It’s amazing at how much peace God brings to our wayward soul when we learn to focus on Him, instead of focusing on the thoughts and daily anxieties floating around our mind.
Our prayers to God don’t merit badges by our many words. Our supplication and prayer should, however, be an intensity of earnestness in extended prayer by fully transferring the burden of our soul into God’s righteous hands. As my favorite author, Ted Dekker says in one of his novels…. “Pursue the Great Romance!” Allow His Great Romance to enwrap your heart and soul and stay your thoughts on Him. So, in your business of life, don’t allow characters and voices to talk you out spending time with our beloved Creator. Pursue His Great Romance and allow Christ to wash over you with peace of mind and soul that only He can offer.
Writing for Him,
J. B. Sisam