Parting Words From The WORD . . . Write It Down

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

The life of a writer can be discouraging. We can work for years on a book, writing and praying and editing and praying and rewriting and praying and editing and praying . . .

Some days the words just won’t come. Sometimes they come quickly, only to be found unworthy. If we’re wise, those words are thrown away.

But we keep going. We work hard until we finally think it’s ready. Yes, this can take years.

Then we pray and work even more until we generate the courage to hit SEND. We’ve reached our goal!

You’d think we’d be able to take a breath now and move on to the next thing. But no. There’s no relief, because life is now in limbo as we wait for an answer. For months. Sometimes years.

I pray that this week the words are coming for you. Good words. Engaging words. Compelling, inviting words.

I pray that the response you receive is a resounding “Yes!”

But what if it’s not? What if this is a time when the words won’t come and the rejections won’t go? What if this is a time when you’re crying out to God, asking Him why He doesn’t intervene?

Don’t give up. Instead, remember these words, spoken by the God of the universe, to the prophet Habakkuk, when he questioned God’s perceived inaction:

“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it…” Habakkuk 2:2

It’s our responsibility to write it down. It’s our responsibility to make it plain.

And whether it’s published by a large traditional publisher or simply posted on our own blogs, others can read . . . and run with it.

Don’t give up. Write it down.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,


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  • Beth Fortune

    Thank you Vonda for this reminder! Hab 2:2 has become one of my favorite scriptures and I needed to see it before me once again. Thanks again!

  • Vonda, the message of “Don’t give up” is so important — as is the truth that God can use our words even if they’re only published on our own blogs. So amazing to know that God will indeed use the messages he gives us to write down!

    • Yes, I had an experience just last week with a blog a friend wrote. I hate just been talking with another friend who was troubled and couldn’t find peace. We finished talking and I went to my email, and there was a blog post that was perfect for her. I sent it to her and also sent the writer a quick note of encouragement that her post was being used that very day to comfort and encourage.

      She responded by sending a list of such posts from her blog, which I was able to forward to my friend. What a blessing to see God’s hand at work, orchestrating the events that led to that blog being used by Him!

      • What a great testimony of how God uses blog posts!

  • Marilyn Turk

    Amen, Vonda! Sometimes the discouragement comes from the circumstances around us – health, family, unexpected challenges. I keep thinking about getting away to my writer’s escape from the world, maybe somewhere on a beach far, far away from the burdens of daily life. But I know I can’t wait for that fantasy life to happen before I write. God put me here, now, and maybe He wants me to use these daily challenges as inspiration so my writing will help others deal with theirs.
    Thank you for your encouragement.

    • So true, Marilyn! I’m like you, I keep wishing for time to get away and just write, but that never seems to happen. Even if I do get away, it’s never as long or as quiet or as focused as I hoped it would be.

      You’re right. He wants us to write in the here and now, in the middle of the why and how. Thanks for joining in!

  • Judith Robl

    Vonda, you are always right on target with your Parting Words. Thank you for your fidelity to His purposes in your life. You are a blessed, blessing and cherished Daughter of the King.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Judith. I LOVE how God orchestrates the direction of the posts to meet our needs as writers, speakers, and readers. He is so faithful!

  • Laura Leathers

    This morning I’m preparing to go to the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference. You were the speaker last year for this event. How appropriate it was to me to read your words of encouragement before embarking on the journey. I thought about how I came away from the conference with such encouragement and grand ideas. Now preparing for the conference I was questioning why was I going again when it doesn’t seem that I didn’t produce. But then I remembered about what I had been studying, writing it down, and then sharing it at a women’s conference. Then seven months later that speech was developed into a a Bible study all because I wrote down as I studied His Word. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • Hi Laura! So good to hear from you this morning. Believe me, years ago–in 2002 to be exact, I was precisely where you are today. I had spent a lot of money going to the BRMCWC the year before, came home all excited, and did nothing. Fear had taken over.

      When it came time to register the next year, my husband asked what I had to show for attending it the year before…and of course, I had nothing. So I promised him I would work in the upcoming year. And I did.

      I came home, began to apply all I had learned, and that was the year that things changed for me! I discovered that the only way to fail was to NOT write. Otherwise, I was growing and learning and stepping out in faith that He did have a plan for my life, and writing and speaking would be a huge part of it.

      Edie Melson and I met at that first BRMCWC together as total newbies. We discovered we lived only 3 miles apart, and have been best writing buds since. You’re going to LOVE her! Give her a big hug for me.

      And take to heart what she says. Then go home and apply it!

  • You had my heart with the first line. Thank you, Vonda. I needed this. Bee needing this.

    So much love and gratitude,

    • I had to go back to see what the first line was. And yea, it’s true! Can’t wait to see what God has in store for your book and I’m looking forward to getting back to work on mine!

  • Offering God’s inspired words always lifts a weary heart. Thanks, Vonda.

    • You’re so welcome, Robin. Looking forward to seeing you at CCC in August!

  • Vonda, thanks for this encouragement. Some days are sooo difficult to keep pressing on toward the goal God’s set before us. I have to keep reminding myself even if no one else ever reads what I write, God reads it, and that should to be enough reason to keep writing.

    • Sandy, I just want you to know that God is faithful to use our writing to help others, even if we never realize it. I was up well after midnight last night, talking with a friend from church who is going through an extremely difficult time. Then today, I see your post and it’s exactly what she needed to hear. Thank you for being faithful to write it! I’ve already sent her the link to your post. And for others who are going through a hard time, here’s Sandy’s post:

      You’ll be encouraged!

      • Vonda, thank you. It never will cease to amaze me how our God works. I write my blog posts ahead of time, always praying the people God wants to read them will find them and be encouraged through His words. The post you mentioned was scheduled for a different day. I rescheduled it to post yesterday. Only God …

        • Wow–that gave me cold chills! The friend and I were up late last night, talking about the situation…and God has you change your post date to the very day she needed to read it. Thank you, Jesus!

          And thank you for your faithfulness to write it…

  • Ellen Gee

    Thank you Vonda. I needed this today.

    • Me, too, Ellen! Sometimes we’re writing things for ourselves. 🙂