Joy in Writing


Monday night I searched files to see what I would bring to a new writers group I got invited to earlier this year. I chose a devotional I sent out in 2016. I’d been tracking it for quite a while and then I got busy with other things and let it go. I thought: if I bring a devotional that is already published, it probably won’t need much critiquing. So, I got online to check e-mail and sure enough, an announcement from the publisher said they’d accepted the devotional and the tentative date was for September 25, 2016. If you want to check it out I’ve included the link here:

It’s called “For the Love of a Daughter.”

That made my night and then when I found the tucked away home of the writer who invited me, I prayed that it would go well. The last critique group I attended had a writer who criticized my Bible study, Chapter One so harshly, I left wondering if I was delusional and if any talent I thought I had really belonged in the land of dreams. I looked to the leader of the group for a suggestion to lighten up or to be kind, but she remained mute. As I headed home, I thought God said in His still small voice, “I didn’t call you to this group.”

This past year I ran into the leader of the group at a library gathering to hear a poet, and she invited me to attend the writers meeting they host there. I told her “Thank you for asking me,” as I pocketed the slip of paper with the time and day they meet. A Christian friend saw the exchange and encouraged me to join them; she had recently started to attend. I told her I’d pray about it, and I did. I didn’t sense any leading to be a part of their meetings and then this opportunity arose.Writing Groups(photo from

The members of the home town gathering may be different by now. Maybe that particular author didn’t feel well that day and so she got cranky over my offering. I don’t know. What I do know is that the group on Monday night was gracious and did line-by-line critiquing where necessary, grammatical editing and gave suggestions on the flow of the work. One lady is beginning a novel and I told her I wanted more description, less telling and more showing without actually using those words. What I did tell her was that I wanted to see what her interaction with her grandmother was like. I wanted her to set the scene.

One of the writers asked me what type of article was I writing, where did I picture it being published? I wrote an essay on health for mature readers, but the market I thought I’d send it to seems to be out of business now.

Then the published author thanked me for making it out and for the contributions I added. She and the others blessed me and I hoped I could bless them. Now that I’ve met them, I’m going to bring a more substantial project. We each had fifteen minutes for the reading of the piece and then the comments from the other wordsmiths. I hope we’re able to continue for a long while. We’ll see what the Lord has in mind for us. I’ve wanted a writer’s group for a number of months. I’ve learned that God’s timing is best. Isaiah_40:31, (KJV) says:  “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

May God bless you.

4 responses

  1. Good to see you got constructive feedback. I have had negative feedback which I later realised had not been constructive, just negative towards me. For our own well being we need to differentiate between constructive helpful critiquing ,and negativity from someone who does does nto like what you wrote.

  2. You my dear appeared to have been faced with a demon spirit of discouragement and condemnation from another being. There are many people I ran across in churches that were part of Lucy’s plan to trip up others so that their gifts would be squashed out before they get started. In so much we are to test the spirits of those who say they are prophets, we must also remain diligent of those spirits that would plants seeds of doubt, discouragement, etc. 1 John 4:1 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. You could feel the wrongness of the what was being said as if an attack on you personally and not really as helpful encouragement for your being to continue growing. A lesser person would have cried and stumbled and not continued. In all things as believers, we are to do so in love and grace towards one another. You know the ear markings of the evil one if it’s destructive, tearing down and discouraging.
    You must be sure to rebuke the hurt of that fiery arrow or dart that was honed in on you and make sure you not replay that event in your mind and heart.
    Blessings sister because you know Father God and Savior will always steer you in the right path.

    • Amen. The lady attacking my work was from another faith and in a secular place. I have been hurt by people of faith because none of us are perfect and some are not really saved. Thank you for the great reminder to rebuke the hurt of the fiery arrow or dart from the evil one and to be sure and not replay the event in my mind and heart. To God be the glory for the good things He’s always doing. I see so many answers to prayer lately, I’m overwhelmed. Thanks for your advice. It’s a word in good season.

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