I’m excited to include a guest blog from
Linda Gilden, a gifted writer and author of the new book Called to Write: Seven Principles to Become a Writer on Mission (co-authored with Edna Ellison). If you are currently writing or you want to be a writer, you will love this book and benefit from Linda’s wisdom and guidance. And I’m having a Give-away. Enter to win (details below) and she’ll send you an autographed copy!
(By the way, have you started getting the clues yet for the “Catch Us If You CAN Spring Scavenger Hunt”? Lots of books and even gift cards are being given away. Start!)
Here’s Linda’s article:
Do You Feel God’s Pleasure?
by Linda Gilden
“Linda, time to come home!” If you lived in my neighborhood you could hear my mother shout from the back door. Mama was calling me to do something.
My reaction? No matter what game I was in the middle of playing or what tree I was in the middle of climbing, I immediately dropped what I was doing, climbed on my bicycle and headed home.
How do you react when someone calls you? Coming home after a fun day of playing in the neighborhood may seem to be rather trivial. But isn’t the motivation the same as it is when we are called to our lifelong vocations?
We want to please someone in authority.
We want to do the right thing.
We want to find joy in what we are doing.
That childhood response to my mother’s call prepared me to answer other calls during life. Learning to recognize and follow the voice of authority has served me well. Relying on my faith in God to guide me has been an enormous blessing.
But how do you know if you are called to do anything? (Tweet That!) Does God whisper in your ear or speak through a friend? What has He given you a passion for? What gives you unmatchable joy?
Answering the question – How do you really know you are called? – is a personal question. The answer can come only from God. Seeking that answer can take hours of soul-searching and prayer. Are doors opening that can only be His doing? Are there opportunities presented that could only be through divine intervention?
Once you have established what God is calling you to do, your goal should be to be the very best you can be. For me, as a writer, that meant learning all I could about the craft and educating myself how to write with excellence for His Kingdom. I knew He called me to write the message He has given me for the world and I needed to stay focused on that mission.
In the movie, Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell had several discussions with his sister about his running. In one of those discussions when she had expressed her displeasure in her brother’s choices, he said to her, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” Liddell was affirming God’s calling on his life.
I may not be a runner. But when I write and communicate clearly with others, I definitely “feel God’s pleasure!” (Tweet that!)
What about you? Have you discovered what God has called you to do? What gives you godly pleasure? Once you discover that calling, pour your whole heart into growing into the best you can be.
Linda Gildenis an author, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of over a thousand articles, the Love Notes series, Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives,and the recently released Called to Write, Linda has ghostwritten or contributed to over thirty books. She directs the CLASS Christian Writers Conference and the Carolina Christian Writers Conference encouraging others to clearly communicate God’s love to the world. Linda lives in SC with her family – three grown children and their spouses, and five, soon-to-be-six, grandchildren – a great source of speaking and writing material! www.lindagilden.com
Called to Write will inspire you to acquire the art of writing and affirm your calling to write for the kingdom of God. Written by two award-winning authors and writing coaches, this book is filled with wisdom about how to keep your writing on track with a gospel focus, identifying seven key competencies every author needs to be a writer on mission. Understand the importance of staying grounded in your area of writing and receive inspiring how-to tips tat make this book extremely practical for every aspiring and established writer. Available at: amazon.com or newhopepublishers.com or CBD
Would you like to win a copy of Linda’s book? Put a comment in the comment section of my blog or email me at Kathyspeak (at) aol (dot) com. I’ll draw the winner on Monday, March 31st.