Friday, January 25, 2013

about those plans ...

Today's writing prompt is straight from the Word of God, and I hope you'll write with me.  It's about something everyone faces - what happens when God takes over.  Let's start with Holy Scripture:

"People can make all kinds of plans,
    but only the Lord’s plan will happen." 

          -Proverbs 19:21

And how about a quote from My Utmost for His Highest:

"Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him.  The way to make room for Him is to expect Him to come, but not in a certain way. No matter how well we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that He may break in at any minute." -Oswald Chambers

So how about it?  Get some BIC [butt-in-chair] writing in today, starting with an article, short story, or poem about this:

It was a day when s/he/I had planned everything just right.  But the Spirit had another idea...

Freewrite without editing for at least 15 minutes.  Go back and edit as needed, paying particular attention to content and punctuation this week (everyone can hone skills, friends).  Post it with courage in the comments section below.  I'd love to read your heart!

Yesterday as I sat in on a fifth-grade technology lesson, the teacher explained that as we type more and more, our fingers gain "muscle memory," and we retain the ability to press the right keys without even thinking about it.  I was thinking the same about writing this morning.  If we practice often and abundantly, we'll find things like grammar, metaphors, voice, and punctuation coming without as much deliberate thought as once was required.  

"The surest sign that you are achieving literary sophistication is when your writing begins to seem effortless" - Renni Browne and Dave King in Self-editing for Fiction Writers

Do you know how that happens?  Only with much practice. And, of course, prayer.

Fridays are for writing ... so let's get to it!  Trust God with your plans, your writing, your time, and your life.  Look for Him to come, and look for it to be good.  Today, once again try this: open hands.

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