Friday, January 26, 2018

Balancing the Gift

If you’re looking for great writing tips, you won’t find any here. I may repeat something I’ve heard, or read, but there are experts, and enough seasoned writers around able to give good advice. I’m still learning the craft—the rules—how-to’s—and generally the art of balancing it all. For me, the last one is the most challenging. 

I’ve struggled with validation, social media, and a myriad of expectations. Then I remember why I write. 

Deuteronomy 4:19 And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.

The gift became an object of worship.

So if writing, singing, or any other talent is given by God, we must strive to find the balance of enjoying the gift, learn how to hone it, but never let it become greater than its purpose—honoring God with it. For writers that means letting God decide whether a manuscript is published, or sits in a drawer that never sees the light of day, with the realization that God is the one glorified either way.

Hang in for the long ride and blessings on your journey.

Penelope makes her home in Indiana, where she lives with her family and serves in her church. A student of the Word, she occasionally teaches Bible studies or Precepts. She holds a BS from Methodist College and a MS from Boston University, but is pursuing the life of a writer.

A Powerful Voice and A Furrow So Deep are Christian Romances published through Anaiah Press, LLC.


  1. I'm so excited to see your name here, Penelope! And a wonderful topic to open with. I am in constant need of your reminder for balance. Thank you!

  2. Thanks. Appreciate your warm welcome:-)

  3. I'm happy to see more writers posting here. Thanks!

  4. Great post! Thanks, from another Indiana author.