1 Corinthians 4:7
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
1 Peter 4:10 ESV
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Romans 12:6-8 ESV
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Lord, You know I have always, my whole waking and able life been of a mind that God made me to write and tell stories. And You know that once Alice was born I was finally able to write and self publish my first novel. But, Lord, You know as well that I am intimidated and feel futile about writing because as much as I’m finally able to get words on page and out into the world, I see no earthly returns and no recognition. Remind me, Lord, that the gifts You give are for Your Glory, not mine. I need to keep using my gifts and talents because You find pleasure in knowing I am doing what I am called to do, but also because You have a plan much more intricate than I can see. Remind me I am sewing seeds, Lord. Remind me that this novel may sit mostly unread on a virtual shelf for what feels like ages to me, but You gave me the dream to write it, the ability to do so, and the reason for it is beyond me because it is Your reason. Please, Lord, bless that work to Your purposes, guide me onto Your path for what to use this gift for. Lord, I know You can make any request a reality and I pray You will allow me to someday help support my family with this gift and be able to share my stories with the world a large in a much grander way. I Thank You, Lord, for the gift of language and the love of it I have been given and I Thank You so so much for how this gift nourishes and refreshes my Spirit!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I hesitated to add this part, but feel like I need to: If you’d like to read my first novel please click here: http://tinyurl.com/ojq5yvw