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Autumn Musings: What Will Spill Onto Your Page?

Hi, everyone!

We call today a "Blue Moon Monday" - the fifth Monday, when none of the Seekers are scheduled to post! Ruthy often hosts on these "Blue Moon" days, but she's been super busy with her other job.

You DO know Ruthy's family has a pumpkin farm, right? She's been super busy with that for the past couple months!

So today I'm sharing a post I wrote a year ago...and it's just as appropriate this year as it was last year.

Enjoy!

What Will Spill Onto Your Page?

 

Autumn Musings: What Will Spill Onto Your Page?

Hey, y'all. Jan here with a thinking-type post.

(Yes, I can talk Southern. My years in West Texas and in Kentucky taught me how!)

I've been convicted of something lately, and I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

Let's start here - 

Autumn Musings: What Will Spill Onto Your Page?

I'm teaching school-age children at Bible Study Fellowship this year, and we're studying Matthew. The immersion into this study (not only my own study, but in preparing to teach) reminds me that what we put into our hearts is what is going to come out.

In this section of Matthew, Jesus is talking to the Pharisees. You know, those religious leaders who were all about religion...but not so much about God. Like many of us, they thought they knew God. They thought they were obeying God with all their laws to "help" people follow God's Law.

But Jesus had a special name for them: brood of vipers. He uses that term more than once! Like I told the students in my BSF class, that means that He considered them to be a nest of venomous snakes.

I don't know about you, but I don't want the Lord of the Universe to consider me to be no better than a venomous snake.

I don't want my heart to spew out poison - untruths, slander, and even "mistakes" when I'm trying communicate to my readers about Jesus and His world...which covers 100% of what I write about.

But as writers, we are constantly filling our heads and hearts with knowledge - research for our latest novel. Sales statistics. The best price points. Reading blogs and listening to podcasts about writing and marketing.

As we watch the news or read the newspapers, we fill our minds and hearts with the noise of the World.

As we go about our non-writerly lives, we deal with family issues, church issues, and what in the world to fix for dinner.

When our heads and hearts become filled with the things of this world, what will overflow into our writing? 

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

What's the answer?

We must balance all of that - over-balance all of that - with God's Word.

Not just reading scripture, but delving deep into it.

Not just reading someone else's teaching on scripture, but studying it for ourselves.

Even if my daily word count suffers...

The time spent in God's Word - just me, my Bible, and the Holy Spirit - is never wasted. That's treasure to fill our hearts.

Autumn Musings: What Will Spill Onto Your Page?

My prayer for all of us is that our heads and our hearts will overflow with Jesus, and that is who our readers will encounter in our books.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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15 Comments on Seekerville: The Journey Continues: Autumn Musings: What Will Spill Onto Your Page?

  • Jan Drexler
    on October 31, 2022 | 12:39 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "Welcome to Seekerville, everyone!
    I've set up a virtual luncheon buffet to enjoy while we chat. Tea sandwiches, a light potato and leek soup, tea, coffee, and lemonade (not too sweet!) to drink. If you don't see your favorite, just ask our classy chef Wil Scott to fix it for you!"
  • Sandy Smith
    on October 31, 2022 | 14:04 Sandy Smithsaid :
    "Always an appropriate post. Thanks, Jan."
  • Debby Giusti
    on October 31, 2022 | 14:09 Debby Giustisaid :
    "Thanks, Jan, for posting this lovely blog! I'm so grateful to be writing Christian fiction. Including my hero and heroine's spiritual journey and the lessons they learn as their faith deepens warms my heart! I always give thanks that the Lord led me to the inspirational genre!"
  • Carol J. Garvin
    on October 31, 2022 | 14:35 Carol J. Garvinsaid :
    "Thanks for this, Jan. There is a lot of noise in our world right now--much of it overwhelming--and it's good to be reminded that I need to balance its effect by immersing myself in His Word. It's the only real comfort, and the only true wisdom to be found most days."
  • Jan Drexler
    on October 31, 2022 | 14:58 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "Thanks, Sandy!"
  • Jan Drexler
    on October 31, 2022 | 15:00 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "Oh, yes, Debby! I spent Saturday fleshing out the spiritual arc for my characters in my new WIP. Such satisfying work!"
  • Jan Drexler
    on October 31, 2022 | 15:04 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "I often think of the old hymn, "A Wonderful Savior Is Jesus My Lord," and my favorite lines in the refrain, "He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock that shadows a dry, thirsty land; he hideth my life in the depths of his love, and covers me there with his hand."
    Immersed in His Word - what a wonderful place to be. :-)"
  • Erica Vetsch
    on October 31, 2022 | 16:34 Erica Vetschsaid :
    "Such a good reminder, especially as we enter the busiest seasons of the month for many. I'm enjoying a Bible study of 1 Timothy, and have been convicted week by week!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on October 31, 2022 | 20:53 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Jan, thank you for jumping into the void and fixing things! You rock!

    I find so often that my research and my stories feed my faith like a stream feeds a river... and that flow is like the best gift ever. "
  • Glynis
    on November 01, 2022 | 07:32 Glynissaid :
    "It's always a good time to remind us to dive deep into the Bible. Most of us don't do it enough and I would say that unfortunately it shows!"
  • Jan Drexler
    on November 01, 2022 | 08:05 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "I love the way studying the God's Word turns our thinking right side up!"
  • Jan Drexler
    on November 01, 2022 | 08:06 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "Authors get the BEST benefits from our conversations between our books and God's Word, don't we?"
  • Jan Drexler
    on November 01, 2022 | 08:06 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "Amen, Glynis!"
  • Connie Porter Saunders
    on November 01, 2022 | 14:03 Connie Porter Saunderssaid :
    "Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jan. This thoughts especially resonated with me: 'The time spent in God's Word - just me, my Bible, and the Holy Spirit - is never wasted. That's treasure to fill our hearts.' Treasure indeed!"
  • Jan Drexler
    on November 01, 2022 | 18:17 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "The most valuable treasure of all!"
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