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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week Fifty-Seven: Donna Shepherd


Writing On Purpose

 

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever-do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

 

 We write to tell stories. We search for the perfect rhyme, or research to produce interesting non-fiction. When I create anything, whether it’s a poem, a piece of fiction, or a song I’ve composed, I feel joy. And God must feel joy, too, when He sees His creatures create. I believe God must be pleased when we create something because He instilled creativity in us.

 
Recently I wrote a children’s book where I created a land from a child’s perspective. What fun it was to come up with a new place filled with crazy animals. How joyful it must have been for

God when He created this world. Who doesn’t believe God has a sense of humor when you consider the aardvark? Or a giraffe? Or a toucan with a beak almost as long as its body?

 

When God inspired the Word of God, He literally breathed— by the power of the Holy Spirit—His words into the writers. When I read the Bible, I see the personalities of the writers coming through. God used their own vocabularies, styles, and experiences to convey His truth.

 

Will everything I write be God-breathed, be published or even publishable? How I wish. But whether I write about the loss of a front tooth or the importance of prayer in a Christian life, I believe God inspires the creativity, and in that way, I am Spirit-led.

 

The best seller by Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? urges us to find our purpose. As a Christian and temple of the Holy Spirit, I endeavor to allow God to direct me in everything I do, including my writing.


Does everything I write have to have an overt spiritual message? I don’t think so. God made the beautiful flowers for us to enjoy. Would we only paint images depicting Jesus? If we can
paint for fun we can write for fun while using the talent God has given us.






Donna J. Shepherd, children's picture book author and inspirational writer, has hundreds of articles and devotions to her credit. Her writings appear in Daily Grace for Women, Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms, and The Best Grandma in the World to name a few. Her children's books feature short, playful rhymes and humorous illustrations. Donna is founder of Greater Harvest Workshops and Middletown Area Christian Writers, and in demand as a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and singer with over thirty years of experience. Visit Donna on the web at http://www.donnajshepherd.com.

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