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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Verses for Faith and Writing

Gail Gaymer Martin has a great post up today at her blog, "GGM's Thoughts."

Verses That Guides Our Faith

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Whether we're writers or readers, we often struggle with failure. We feel as if we've been swallowed up by our problems, and it's so easy to forget our successes because our failures loom up like a tsunami and overtake us.

Life can do that, if we let it. When I worked as a counselor for many years, I ran a self-esteem group for teenagers, and one of our activities was to have them take a clean sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. At the top of one side they listed my successes/what I can do well and on the other they wrote my failures/what I can't do at all. You can probably guess what happened. These teenagers had a full sheet of failures while some had nothing on the success side, and those who did could list only one or two things.

You and I have abilities and talents, and we can succeed, but what stands out in our minds is where we fail. When we take on a project that's important to us, we fear that we will not succeed and when the project results seems to take forever, we can easily lose heart.

As writers, this is so common.

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