"Are you so hungry for God’s involvement in your writing that you’re willing to call it quits until you sense his presence?"
This is a powerful, loaded, 18 million dollar question!
Allen goes on to remind us that we don’t just need his presence in our writing—we need his presence in our life.
Afterwards I said, "Dude, then we should never be without His presence."
Right. Therein lies the hitch.
Far too often when we sit down to pray, or worship, or deal with the kids, household chores or a difficult co-worker/family member/neighbor, or to write that book, we have no reality of the presence of the Holy One in us, with us and willing to move on our behalf.
It's the battle Jesus referred to as, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!”
Just how do we tap into the divine? How do we recognize His presence?
Here's a little bit of my story.
Yet, along the way, I would see and feel changes that would enable me to fellowship with His presence.
As a writer of stories, I want His fragrance to be in and on my writing. I long for the power of story to impact the reader's life.
As this is my life's work, I am hyper-vigilant about partnering with the Lord.
I want to write in such a way my work endures to the age to come!
But what does that look like? I have to partner with Him to figure it out!
A few years ago I was writing my second trade for Thomas Nelson, Diva Nashvegas, now called Nashville Sweetheart.
It was hard. Oy!
I was writing about a country superstar, which I am not! Nor had I met Sara Evans yet, so I had no one to talk about the intricacies of life on a tour bus, life on the concert circuit, life in the studio ... you get my meaning.
I read biographies, made phone calls to entertainment attorneys, dreamed, imagined, thought, prayed, cried, prayed and cried, and in the end, just had to just grind it out!
One morning during prayer at church, the Lord whispered to me, "Isaiah 41:13."
“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
I was so encouraged. He's helping me! We are getting 'er done!
He said, "What makes you think I'm not?"
"Because it's hard!"
Ha! I burst out laughing.
"Just because it's hard doesn't mean I'm not helping you."
A year later Diva Nashvegas became my first award winner.
The book didn't tear up the sales charts nor catch the eye of an influencer who could help "get the word out," but that award call was such a sweet kiss on my heart from the Lord. "I'm with you."
Back to Allen's question. How do you tap into God's presence as you write? Before you write?
Her novel, Once Upon A Prince, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist.
Her novella A Brush With Love releases Dec 30th. And the final Royal Wedding book, How To Catch A Prince, releases in Feb 2015.