How Writing Can Keep You Focused On The Vision God Has Given You
February 29th, 2012
Sometimes, in the midst of all of the good things that my life is filled with – marriage, writing, ministry, my studies to become a social worker, the “day” job (which is actually overnights) that pays the bills, family, friendships, etc. – and some of the other unexpected challenges that life brings, I actually feel a little overwhelmed and exhausted. There are times when I find myself feeling like a ship without an anchor.
In those moments of feeling so very, very human, I do something very simple: I sit down, write the word “Truths” at the top of a piece of paper, and then I begin to write out the things that my Creator has shared with me and revealed to me (and more often than not, taught me the hard way, since that is the only way that I seem to learn some lessons) through the years.
I do not write down everything that I have ever learned. But, I do write down the things that have meant the most to me and helped me the most–the pearls of wisdom that I treasure most. I write down the visions that God has given me of who He created me to be and what He has placed within my heart to do.
The page always ends up filled with a myriad of words: scriptures and song lyrics, quotes from those whose lives and writings I have learned from, thoughts about who I am and what my heart cries are, and anything else of worth that comes to mind. If something moves me deeply, challenges me greatly, and has left an indelible mark… I write it down.
That simple list of truths helps me to see myself and my life in perspective and reminds me of who I am and what truly matters to me. And, in those moments, I am always reminded of a simple and beautiful truth: I have been created with a purpose… and filled with that which I need to fulfill that purpose. It is that which fills me to overflowing that falls out onto the page. And, I know that it is within me for a reason.
My Creator built me exactly the way that He did with His own purpose for me and for my life. From the DNA that I am woven together with, to my individual character and personality, to my unique heart and mind, to the gifts and desires that He has given me… it all began in Him. First and foremost, I was created for fellowship with Him. But, I was also created as a vessel of His love and His grace. And He has filled me with everything that I need to fulfill His purpose and calling for my life.
He has done the same for you.
He has entrusted each of us with Himself, placing His own Spirit within us. And He has entrusted us with so many other things that we often fail to see as belonging to Him. Our bodies, our spouses, our families, our friendships, our homes, our educations, our careers, our professional relationships, His ministry through us, the spiritual gifts and visions that He has given us, our own unique identities, our passionate heartcries–all of these things and more have been entrusted to us, for His purpose.
So, when you are feeling a little lost, or overwhelmed, and desperately need some guidance; do not look to the world for your answers. You do not need another ‘self-help’ book, checklist or formula to help you “get it right” to please Him. Simply ask Him to give you a vision of the woman that He created you to be, and why. The truth is, what you are called to do will flow naturally from choosing to be who He created you to be. You simply need to remember the truths that are already written on the walls of your heart. So often, we focus our search outside of ourselves, when He has already placed the answer – His Spirit – within us.
His Spirit abides within you. My prayer is that you will learn to let Him guide you in truth, and use the gifts that He has given you… because they were placed within you for a purpose. Choose to pursue and honor the vision and heart cries that He has placed within you… because He placed them there with a purpose. In the words of an old Carman song, “The desire is the confirmation. The destination is clear. God would not put it in your spirit, if it was not going somewhere!”
In the weeks and months to come, I will be sharing with you many of the “Truths” that my Creator has already taught me, and others that He teaches me, in the time to come. Because I know that He has placed them in my heart and given me a passion to share them, for a purpose.
In the words of Jeremiah, “But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him, or speak any more in His name,’ then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.” (Jeremiah 20:9)
I encourage each of you to take the time to write the word “Truths” at the top of a piece of paper, then fill the page with the things that begin to fill your heart and mind and flow from your spirit. It can help you rediscover your focus. Even more importantly, I encourage you to seek every day to truly know your Creator, and live the truths that you know, to make Him known.
My hope and my prayer for each of you is that those things that He has filled you with (including His very own Spirit) will begin to burn within you in a way that you cannot bear to hold inside… but will pour out and share with a world that desperately needs to know the One within you. Don’t hold back the fire that He has filled you with, or shut it up within yourself!
Margaret Ann is the Director of HeartCry Ministries, a small non-profit organization committed to helping individuals find and fulfill their God-given purposes, and helping those in need. She is also a freelance writer and poet, working on several writing projects. Her focus is on helping others see Jesus for who He truly is, minus the distortions of religion and the misrepresentations of Him and His message that are so prevalent in society today. After graduating from Texas Bible Institute in 1994, Margaret Ann met Adam, a kindred spirit who shared her vision, challenged her, and quickly became her best friend. They were engaged seven weeks after meeting, and married in the Fall of 1997. She has now returned to college to complete her degree in Social Work.