One Writer’s Encouragement for Hearing God’s Will

Welcome fellow Texas girl, Jayna Morrow, who’s got a great message of encouragement from a time when she experienced a fresh start in her own writing. (Love the bluebonnet cover, Jayna!)
Thanks, Bev!
For me, writing is therapy. Upon completing any project, I reflect on what I learned and anchor it to Bible scripture. My debut novel, Garrett, was a last-ditch effort to jumpstart a writing career that was going nowhere. Like Garrett, I was at a point in my life where I was ready to give up. The plan I had for my life just wasn’t working out. That’s when I stumbled across this scripture:
“You can make plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21
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And that’s when it hit me that I hadn’t consulted God about what was in the plan for my life. All I knew was that I had the urge to write around the clock and there was nothing I could do to make it go away. I know. I tried to quit writing for an entire year and couldn’t. Garrett Hearth felt the same way. An injury had ended his athletic career and he believed that his life held no purpose beyond that.
But Garrett Hearth is a fictional character?
There’s a saying that goes, “art imitates life far more than life imitates art.” Oscar Wilde wrote those famous words. So can we learn and grow through our art? I believe so absolutely. But more importantly, can God speak to us through our art? YES!
In my novel, Garrett finds an entirely different purpose than the one he had in mind. In my case, it was all a matter of turning my gift of writing over to God. Until that time, I had been writing traditional romance and going nowhere. A small voice told me I should be writing inspirational romance. Then a Christian friend told me the same thing at about the same time. That solidified things for me. I completed a Christian romance novel, and that’s when things started happening.
A double lesson from one scripture.
Sometimes the plan you have yourself isn’t the one God intended. And sometimes the plan matches up, but you’re not doing things for the right reason or in the right way.
One solution for both lessons.
Pray, pray, pray, PRAY! Turn your life over to God. Whatever your purpose, whatever your talent, whatever your interest or hobby. Find a way to glorify God in all things.
About Jayna:
Texas romance author, Jayna Morrow, has been creating imaginary worlds since a young age. As an elementary school teacher, Jayna juggles the demands of molding young minds, raising two precious daughters, and spending time with her husband/best

Jayna Morrow

friend…while making time for her passion of writing romance novels.
Find Jayna at www.jaynamorrow.com or www.facebook.com/JaynaMorrow

on Twitter @JaynaMorrow
~ Sweet Life, Sweet Romance, Sweet Home ~
*GARRETTAvailable now from Prism Book Group*
*GABRIEL – Coming soon from Prism Book Group*
*HOLDEN – Coming soon from Prism Book Group*

 

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