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In which I “get” to write about myself

Today’s blog is part of the #mywritingprocess blog tour, in which I have the opportunity, through responding to four questions, to write about why I write. This is a new and somewhat uncomfortable experience for me. Before I dive into that, I want to thank Heather Mertens for the invitation to this short journey.

 My Hostess

I was first encouraged by Heather Mertens’ blog, 40Year Wanderer, when I read her Open Letter To Christians. In it, she lovingly exhorts us Christians to stop lashing out in anger and hatred toward one another, particularly when it comes to politics. I couldn’t agree with her more. In that Letter, Heather asks,

Would I say what I say to others to God’s face? Would I post that image and quote on His wall should He choose to have one? Would I write that thought and debate that way on His blog?” These are questions we should be asking ourselves.”

I continue to follow Heather because she shares her story honestly, transparently, as a work in progress, as God’s masterpiece, through love and encouragement. Besides, she’s one of those laid back women who is a freelance media specialist, helped start a private Christian school, is a co-founder of 7Cubed.org (a Christian site for artists of all kinds), and is currently writing two (yes 2) books. (Whew, did I say laid back?) Please wander over and join her journey. You, too, will be encouraged by her.

My Writing

1) What am I working on?

For the past four years, I’ve been writing Branches* Family Collection, a series of age-appropriate devotional studies for families with 5-12 year-olds. Each age level takes a small but significant portion of God’s Word and illustrates how they are reoccurring themes throughout the Bible. As parents and children read, respond to the questions and do the activities together, they will see the threads that connect the Bible into a giant, woven pattern that is the beautiful tapestry of God’s restoration for all of creation through Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Each devotional workbook is for the entire family. It’s written to do together. In each section, parents and children are asked to look up Scripture in biblical order so the content of the Bible becomes second nature.

They learn together through spiritual disciplines of Scripture memory, life application, prayer, and spending time with God.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Jesus transformed every aspect of my life. The purpose the prose and poetry of my blog is to pass along the love, peace, mercy and grace that I have, to encourage others, and light up corners of darkness. My prayer is Branches will serve the same purpose, to a wider audience of Christian families.

4) How does my writing process work?

It’s always God’s agenda, His schedule, and the Holy Spirit’s words.

I usually spend morning time with God (and a strong cup of coffee), and write in my prayer journal from 6:30-7:30. I blog or write Branches from 7:30 until around 2:00 when my brain stops firing on all cylinders. Afterwards, I do my best to catch up on comments and blogs I follow, unless I catch a second wind, which is, um, never. So, that’s it about me. Now, about –

My Guests

Well, I was supposed to choose three people to roll this blog forward next week – my mistake – I chose four. (I’m not great at following rules.) Four followers of Jesus. Four people who acknowledge, like me, they are works in progress. Four people who are not just admirers of Jesus, but committed followers; people who allow Jesus to interrupt, interfere with and wreck their daily lives. In alphabetical order by last name they are:

 Jennifer Anderson I Give God All The Glory

In Jennifer’s own words, “I am a daughter of God, servant of the Lord, wife to a patient husband, and mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these 3 men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them every day. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a messy work-in-progress on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!” Amen to that!

Christie Lambert so beloved

Christie is a downhome, Southern girl, wife of a worship leader, mom of three kids, and delightful, honest, and refreshingly welcome voice of love, curiosity and wonder. You’ll definitely want to visit her online porch where she offers sweet tea of Jesus’ words that fill your glass with grace and mercy.

Paul Robinson paulrobinsonwrites

Paul writes outside the box because he understands that’s where God resides. He writes about unity, love and forgiveness. Paul also ministers to men and teens struggling with addiction to pornography at xxxchurch.com – folks that Jesus might have embraced with an extended hand and heart. There, he writes of restoration, isolation and the healing, grace and mercy Christ offers the sick and wounded.

Jeaneen Thomas The journaled journey devotion’s café

Jeaneen writes, “I’m trying to find my footing in establishing a real relationship with my heavenly family. Through my prayers, I’m trying to establish one. I’m asking Him to help. I’m reading His words and I’m asking Him to let me see Him. And I’m simply journaling the journey.” Right along with the rest of us.

Please be sure to visit these wonderful people. They are light and salt and possess the heart of Jesus. And please come back on Friday for the continuation of my Sermon on the Mount series: Blessed are the Humble.

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*Branches is named for John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

18 comments

  1. Just found a moment to catch up on my readings. Please keep my family in prayer.

    As always, I love visiting your blog and am touched by your compelling thoughts. I can’t get enough of your beautiful, thought-provoking, soul-searching posts. Thank you for your obedience to God and love for God. You are truly a blessing.

    Congrats on the Blog Tour journey you’re now traveling in this writing project. It’s awesome and designed specifically for you and others who will share pieces of their life that we may get a glimpse of God working through and in them. He will get all the glory. I look forward to the book. Congrats!

    Thanks for introducing us to Heather. I visited her blog and couldn’t help but to follow. Love it. Grateful for the connection.

    I hate to run but I have more reading to catch up on 🙂 Take care. Blessings!

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    1. I will certainly keep you in prayer, sweet sister. I pray for healing, comfort and reconciliation – and a continual thirst for God.

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      1. Thank you for your prayers my sister. God bless!

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  2. […] a few minutes and get to know Susan (@susanirenefox). Hey, while you’re there, why not check out Susan’s #MyWritingProcess blog post, the rest of her nominees, and the wonderful woman of God, Heather Mertens (@40YearWanderer) at […]

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  3. Nice Susan…I really like when writers answer questions about themselves…it’s nice to get to know a little more about you. 🙂 Blessitude

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    1. Thanks, Lorrie. I never do this; it was a great opportunity to commit it to “paper.” Now it’s public. 🙂

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  4. I love your big beautiful heart full of Jesus, Susan. I want your Bible study and I want to tell everyone about it!

    You bless me with your kind words. Your Jesus ALL IN kind of love.
    Your life filled with joy.

    🙂
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather. In God’s timing, an agent or publisher will express an interest. In the meantime, I have learned so much in the writing, and have come to know His heart. It’s been a blessing.

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  5. Susan! 🙂 I can’t even hardly WAIT for the book. And I am so very eager for the continuation of Sermon on the Mount. Your writing is anointed, indeed. I already know it’s going to be such a blessing to each and every family. Thank you.

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    1. Your welcome. Thank you for the encouragement, and back ‘atcha! 😉

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  6. Reblogged this on I Give God All The Glory and commented:
    Tag, I’m it! Susan Irene Fox at ‘susanirenefox.com’ invited me to join the #MyWritingProcess blog tour (a big thank you to Susan). I will be posting about my writing process next week, as well as revealing my nominees. But in the meantime, please take a few minutes and get to know Susan – she’s a lot like the rest of us – a Jesus follower, new Christian, and unfinished human! We can most certainly identify with that, huh? Hey, and while you’re there why not check out the rest of Susan’s nominees, as well as the wonderful woman of God who invited her to join this journey. If you’re Twitter social, search #MyWritingProcess to find countless others – across all genres of writing – who have participated in this blog tour. Btw, did I tell you I’m super excited, honored, and humbled to give God a voice in all this? Because I totally am!

    Thanks & God bless you all!

    Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  7. I’ve been excited about your family Bible study since first you told me. I know it will be so beneficial to all who take part. I only wish I would have had something along these lines years ago. It has taken you a long time but then those things worth doing always do. Thank you for suggesting other blogs about Jesus. Your support has always been a godsend to me.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. The sentiment is mutual. The other bloggers are wonderful. They are on their own journey of traveling closer to God, and helping others do the same. I’ve been blessed to read their blogs. They are beacons of light, as are you, my friend.

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  8. Hi Susan
    It’s great knowing more about what you do and knowing you as a person! Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us…….God bless!

    Rolain

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    1. Thanks, Rolain. This was a challenge, but I guess I need the practice getting “out there.” Difficult for us introverts. :-/

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      1. Haha….I can only imagine!!!

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  9. Lovely. Nice to hear what you do with your day and why. A worthy project, in His name.

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    1. 🙂 Hey, thanks, Beth. I truly wish I wasn’t brain dead at 2pm, but sure enough, it happens daily. (sigh) Good thing I have Netflix.

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