Writing to make disciples




Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19, 20, NLT

I’m always excited to hear when my Pastor puts emphasis on our congregation going outside of the walls of our church to share the good news of Jesus Christ, for it’s just a reminder of our primary purpose as Christians – to go and make disciples.

Did you know that your primary purpose as a Christian writer is also to go and make disciples? For you are called to write words to help others know about the good news of Jesus Christ. You are called to write words to let others know about his compassion, love and concern for others. You are called to write words to let others know of the wonderful plan God has for their lives when they choose to place their faith and trust in him. You are called to write to let others know of his desire to heal them from their deepest hurts and their deepest wounds.

Christian author Marlene Bagnull states: “While we may never never go more than a few hundred miles from our homes, our written words can go around the world and make a difference for all eternity”.

Are you ready to use your written words today to make a difference for eternity? Then go, write and make disciples!

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Responding to God’s call to write:

As you reflect on the great commission found in Matthew 28:19-20, in what ways is God wanting to use you today to write to make disciples? Post your answer on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

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You’re not home yet

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21

Remember the story of the old missionary couple who returned from Africa on the same ship with President Teddy Roosevelt  who was returning from an African safari? As they approached the New York harbor and saw all of the fanfare occurring for the President, the man became discouraged because no one greeted him and his wife  with the same fanfare  as they arrived home from a long and difficult missionary trip.  After sharing his feelings with his wife, she gently whispered in his ear: “But dear, you’re not home yet.”

As Christian writers, every so often  we’ll need the Holy Spirit to gently whisper in our ears and remind us of the same.  For as we write to inspire, empower and encourage others, the applause and recognition we may want for our labor may not always come. Even though we may publish work that honors God, we may become discouraged when others are recognized, rewarded and appreciated for their writings, while ours go unnoticed.

How can we overcome our feelings of discouragement when we don’t always receive the rewards and recognition we feel we’ve earned as Christian writers? By reminding ourselves that we’re not home yet.  For when we finally arrive at the shores of our heavenly home, there will be a huge crowd of witnesses there to welcome us for our labor, and a heavenly father waiting  to tell us: “Well-done, good and faithful servant. Well-done.”

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Responding to God’s call to write:

How will you encourage yourself to keep writing and publishing for the kingdom, even when you’re not rewarded or recognized for doing so? Write down your thoughts in your journal today.

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No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it is painful! But afterward, there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:1, NLT

I was so excited.  After spending hours combing through pictures for my cover, choosing the right devotions for my manuscript and uploading my content to my self-publisher,  I was finally ready to publish another manuscript to sell the general public.

Until I showed it my writing mentor.  After she shared her feedback and offered a list of recommendations for improvement, all the joy I felt inside about my new manuscript quickly turned into pain.

Like the painful feedback I received about my new manuscript, receiving negative feedback about your manuscript can also be painful, especially when you’ve spent hours writing what you thought was a great one.  Although painful, remember the intent of the feedback is never to hurt you but to help you improve your writings. Go ahead and cry if you need to, but after you’ve dried your eyes, get to work incorporating the changes recommended to improve your manuscript, then submit it again until you finally hear your editor say:  “____, your manuscript is ready for publication!”

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Responding to God’s call to write:  If you haven’t already done so, locate and join a writing critique group in your local area, based on your genre, to help you hone your writing craft and get you ready to submit your work for Christian publication.

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He won’t forget!

God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward his name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.  Hebrews 6:20, NLT

I plan to return to the workforce soon because my finances require me to do so. But I can’t help but wonder as I prepare to return:  “Has God forgotten all of the time, energy and work I’ve invested into my writing ministry since I’ve been home, and the time I’ve invested in ministering to other writers?

The Bible says that God never forgets his faithful ones. For example, God didn’t forget Noah after he faithfully built the ark. God didn’t forget Abraham after he was told to leave his homeland for another.  And God didn’t forget Rahab when she was told to hang a scarlet rope over a wall when the Israelites destroyed Canaan.

It seems counterintuitive to return to work when my desire for so long has been to write on a full-time basis. But I believe God will not forget the work I’ve done while home and how I’ve sought to help others through my writing ministry. For He is a just God and in his own time and way, I know he’ll bring me home again.

Responding to God’s call to write:

How are you dealing with those times when you think God has forgotten the time and labor you’ve invested in your writing ministry, especially when you feel like you”re moving backward rather than forward on your journey to write for Christian publication?


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The Comeback kid

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead. I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:13, 14

A story is told about a football player who received the Comeback Player Of The Year Award. The outstanding football player made a mistake in his past that cost him jail time, but after being released from prison, he was given another chance to play football. Because of his efforts to forget his past and move forward with his life again, he was voted by his peers as the comeback player of the year.

The apostle Paul also had some mistakes in his past. He tormented the early Christians and held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr. But instead of focusing on his past, he made a decision to put it behind him and move forward with the new plan and purpose God had for his life. After focusing his energies on his future instead of his past, Paul became one of the greatest missionaries of all time.

As an aspiring writer, are you beating yourself up because you didn’t accomplish all that you set out to accomplish in 2017? Now that 2018 is here, it’s time to forgive yourself and put your past behind you. How? By remembering the plans God has for you as his Christan writer and striving to reach them by setting the writing goals you’d like to accomplish this year. In spite of your past, it’s not too late to recover and make 2018 your best writing year yet!

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Responding to God’s call to write:  If you haven’t already done so, take time to write out your goals for how you plan to make 2018 your best writing year yet!




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Did you finish what you started?

I suggest you finish what you started a year ago, for you were the first to propose the idea, and you were the first to begin doing something about it. Now you should carry this project through to completion just as enthusiastically as you began it.  II Corinthians 8:10, 11, NLT.
Did you know I am terrible at finishing what I’ve started? Whether it’s the completion of a room I’m redecorating, a work assignment I have been given to complete, or a manuscript I’ve begun, I struggle with bringing a project to completion.
The Corinthian Christians also struggled with bringing a project to completion. A year after proposing an idea to collect money for their brothers and sisters in the church at Jerusalem,  the project was still not completed. To encourage them to complete the project they started, Paul wrote them a letter.
Did you begin a writing project at the beginning of 2017 that has yet to be completed as the year draws to a close?  If your answer is yes, I encourage you to finish what you’ve started. Determine first what has prevented you from finishing your project (e.g., procrastination, lack of time, work, social media). Then create a plan for how you will finish your writing project before the year ends. For as Paul told the Corinthian believers: since you were the first one to propose the idea for your manuscript, you are the only one who can bring it to completion.
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Are you guarding your writing time?


With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard what has been entrusted to you. II Tim 2:14

I’m fascinated by the soldiers assigned to stand guard at Buckingham Palace to protect the queen and her family.  For in spite of the many distractions and other annoyances they encounter from tourists, sightseers, pests, and the weather they never allow their distractions to deter them from their assignment to protect the queen.

Like the guards at Buckingham Palace, you also have been given an important assignment – to stand guard of your writing time. For the time you spend writing is very important work  God has assigned you to do for his kingdom. The time spent writing is the time when God wants you to write his answer to a lost and dying world. The time spent writing is the time where you’ll write to offer inspiration, hope, encouragement, comfort, and healing.

But watch out! For just as the guards at Buckingham Palace are bombarded with distractions to keep them from their duty to protect the queen,  you’ll encounter distractions to keep you from your duty to write for the kingdom. How can you overcome these distractions when they occur?

By tapping into your power within. For as the soldier taps into the inner discipline he has acquired through his soldier training, you have an inner power that was given to you when you became a writer for the kingdom – the Holy Spirit.  As you draw strength from your resource within, He will help you overcome any distraction you face.

You’ve been given the charge today to protect your writing time? Are you ready to stand guard?

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Responding to God’s call to write: What strategies have you put in place to guard your writing time? Have you asked God for his help today to overcome your distractions?


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You can get back up again



The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:15

I am a huge admirer of tennis star Venus Williams. For in spite of the many times she falls short in her quest to win a major tennis championship, she always finds a way to get back up again.

In 1994, after bursting on the professional tennis scene, she became the world’s No. 1 tennis player, the first African American woman to do so, after winning seven Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in singles play.

But in 1998, an expected foe arrived for Venus on the tennis circuit in the form of her sister, Serena Williams. Initially winning most of the Grand Slam tournaments during the early years when they played against each other, Serena began to overpower and outplay her older sister, causing Venus to lose every Grand Slam final she played against Serena between the years of 2002-2009.

To add insult to injury, in 2011, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that left her fatigued and experiencing joint and muscle pain, and she made the difficult decision to stop playing professional tennis. But two years later, after a change in diet and her training schedule,she returned to the tennis circuit and won another woman’s singles title.

Venus continued to play professionally until she powered her way back to Wimbledon’s Center Court this past July, and then advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open in early September. Falling short again of winning the coveted Grand Slam title at both events, when asked if she would retire after her losses, Venus graciously replied: ” It’s nothing complicated. I will continue to play tennis.”

Sometimes you’ll find yourself knocked down by the sting of rejection when submitting your work as an aspiring writer. But no matter how many times your work is rejected, like the tenacious Venus Williams, get back up again.

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Start first in Jerusalem

And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samara, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8b

After Jesus’ Resurrection and before he ascended into heaven, he commissioned his twelve disciples to share the good news about him with the world. But instead of commissioning them to share the good news first at the end of the earth, he told them to start in Jerusalem.

It’s important to follow the same strategy Jesus gave his disciples when you begin writing for Christian publication. As a new writer, rather than submitting your work to a national publication, start with a local one. For example, submit your article to a local magazine or newspaper; submit a poem, devotional or short story to your church or community magazine; write your own blog and send it to family and friends, or write an opinion-editorial piece and submit it to your local newspaper. As your work is accepted for publication in the smaller markets and your credibility increases as a writer, then you’ll be ready to submit to the larger ones.

Ready to start making a difference in the world through your  Christian writings? Then start first in Jerusalem.

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Writer’s prayer: Father, thank you for calling me to write for publication and for the reminder to start first at home. Amen.

Responding to God’s call to write for publication: Research one or two local markets you can submit your work to for publication.

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Where can I get my writing ideas?


In an recent documentary about his life, An aged and famous singer was asked where he got his ideas for his great and enduring songs. Without hesitation, he  responded: “I just listened-in and observed the world around me.”

According to Ethel Herr, in her book, An Introduction To Christian writing,  ‘’Ideas swarm around us everywhere – in all we see, hear, read, touch, experience, do, feel and learn about. The secret is to reach out and grab the inspiration.”

Where can you reach out in the world around you to find your writing ideas? Ms. Herr suggests the following places:

  • Yourself – ideas can be found in your past and present experiences, hobbies, journals, dreams and lessons learned in daily life.
  • Your family – ideas can be found in familiar sayings, experiences, relationship problems and bits of colorful ancestral history
  • Your friends – ideas can be found in their experiences, hobbies, distinctive points of view, insightful conversations
  • Your church – ideas can be found in sermons, church members, special projects and programs, attitudes  
  • Your community – ideas can be found in neighbors, club and organizations, historical landmarks, social programs
  • The media – ideas can be found in stories of people doing interesting things, letters to the editor, classified ads, TV shows and movies
  • Miscellaneous sources – ideas can be found in books, travels, the content of your purse, conversations you overhear, the doctor’s waiting room

Struggling to find ideas today as an aspiring writer? Then look around, and you’ll find your ideas are everywhere!

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Writer- to-Writer: Name one place from which you generate your writing ideas? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

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