I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Writer's Covenant for 2011

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created ... "
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

God is the master communicator, the great initiator. He shapes us in His image and imprints in us His same desire to create and communicate. He ignites the creative spark, which becomes the catalyst for our desire to craft stories that cause others to respond.

God also cares about what each of us writes, custom-tailoring our messages and stories to who we are--while teaching us life lessons as His inspiration flows through us.

As 2010 draws to a close, consider this Writer's Covenant for the coming year:
Since ancient times, God has used human language to reach men and women. God Himself first wrote His messages on stone (Exodus 31:18), then in His Son (John 1: 1-2), and now in our hearts (2 Corinthians 3:2). We are indebted to both His written Word and to the writings of gifted men and women. Though we are imperfect tools, in God's hands and with his Help, we resolve that this year we will:
  • stir up God's gift within us
  • persevere when writing is hard, when we are tired, when our attempts are rejected
  • remember that when others seem to have greater gifts or natural ability, no one else possesses our combination of personality or experience
  • submit our talents and efforts for God's use and direction
  • seek to learn more of our craft while working to develop our skills so that we grow as writers and as God's keen instruments
To achieve these goals, we covenant with Him to:
Date___________ Signed__________________________________________

Lord, sharpen our ears to hear your thoughts and inspirations. When You speak, help us give undivided attention, so that we receive the full impact of who You are, producing results infused with the maximum of You, the minimum of us.

Open our eyes to see clearly, glimpsing your long-range cause and effects, identifying triggering story events and far-reaching consequences.

Open our hearts to change and grow through encountering You, through loving You as You deserve, and to give out of the overflowing abundance.

Open our mouths to praise You and to encourage others.
Strengthen our hands to write as your inspired and faithful scribes.

~Delores Topliff

(Covenant adapted from an unknown source)
Photo by ba1969/stockxchange.com


  1. At last year's Deep Thinker's retreat, Rachel challenged us to find a scripture to pray over our writing. I chose 2 Cor. 3:2-3 because all power & success come from God. Plus, I love the beauty of knowing *I'm* a letter from Christ and I want my writing to resonate with my readers' hearts.

    Wonderful post, Dee. I especially love this line: stir up God's gift within us. To me, that said to step outside of my writing comfort zone to see where God will lead.

    Printing out and signing my writer's covenant.

  2. Covenant--another word for commitment. Only this commitment is backed up by God, not just backed up by me.
    Thinking what I want to put on the fill-in-the-blank lines, Dee. Printing my copy out too.

  3. Beautiful post and just what I needed. It is so hard sometimes to keep writing when it seems no one will ever read your work. But you reminded me Who I'm writing for. Thank you.

    I, too, am printing out the commitment and praying about what I'll fill in.

  4. Wonderful post, Dee! I definitely have some goals for early 2011 writing-wise, but your post helped me think deeper than just "first draft done by Feb 24!" Which, incidentally, is my goal. But yeah, your thoughts and the covenant components you listed really go deeper...I am, as you wrote, an "imperfect tool." But God doesn't require my perfection...only my willingness and surrender!

  5. Dee, thanks so much for your thought provoking and proactive post. I, too, am printing out the covenant, with every intention of filling out those bottom, blank lines. :)

    Being a creature with many shortcomings, I find it easy to compare my perceived lack with others' perceived strengths. I especially liked the part of the covenant that said:
    "remember that when others seem to have greater gifts or natural ability, no one else possesses our combination of personality or experience."

    It brought my eyes back to the Lord and off of those around me (again).

    Thanks Dee! Happy New Year!

  6. Dee,
    Thanks for the great reminder. That covenant is awesome. I am most definitely gonig to try to uphold my end of it this year.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement. I am thrilled that so many of you are printing and signing. Thankful to be taking this writing journey with some of the neatest people on earth! Have a truly blessed and Happy New Year!

  8. Dee - What a beautiful post! Sometimes its easy to get wrapped up in the trappings of book publishing...is it good enough?...will it get published?...you know the heartfelt worry over our project, our baby. But when we do it for God, none of that matters.

    Thanks Dee for your reminder!

  9. Dee you have an amazing insight into the heart and soul of God, AND what He wants for us and our writing. If we commit our prose to Him, Pray and obey, we WILL be successful.

    Thank you for your commmitment to the Writing Kingdom!