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

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Serpent is Hungry

Discouragement--The act of disheartening, or depriving of courage; the act of deterring or dissuading from an undertaking; the act of depressing confidence--Websters 1828 Dictionary

There's a voice in each of us that slanders our gifting or call. It tells us we'll never make it or the mountain is too high. It's a well honed voice crafted to such perfection that once wielded, never misses. It's called Discouragement.

It comes on the wings of a rejection letter or harsh critique from a trusted co-laborer. Or it comes slithering up from our own vain imaginations to keep us from taking the chance once again and putting ourselves out there.

From time to time this beast will wrap itself so tightly around our courage that we can't seem to function in even the most routine and mundane situations. And that's when we begin to question our gift.

The enemy of your soul would love nothing better than to neutralize you where you stand. To nullify your God-given calling. To strip you of everything God intended you to be. Even devour your calling if you will.

Don't fall for it!

2Corinthians 10:5 NIV Has this to say about our thought life.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Take those thoughts, that tell you things contrary to what God has already said, captive.

You have been called to a holy calling. You have gotten this far. Take a look behind you. Remember when writing was only a dream? Now here you are, putting words onto paper electronically or otherwise. Some of you have attended conferences, joined critique groups, received rejection letters.

Praise God, you climbed a mountain!

Writing is hard and anyone who tells you differently doesn't write for a living. It's just as hard for writers to write as it is for mechanics to fix cars, doctors to diagnose patients and teachers to teach a classroom of kids. It's work and nothing less.

James 4:7 tells us this:
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

So beat down that Discouragement, stop your whining and get back to work...YOU CAN DO IT!!! Because you refuse to give up.


  1. Ginger, what an encouraging post. It's so easy to listen to Satan's lies...we're no good, no one wants us, we're not good enough, "you think you can write?" On and on, he lies. 2 Cor. 10:5 is a verse I cling to. Sometimes when he's attacking I start with A...Almighty, B...beloved, C...my Creator...really brings peace.

  2. You have perfect timing for this post. It's so easy to become discouraged in this business, but as I read this morning, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverence." James 1:2-3.

    Blessings to you,

  3. I needed this today. It seems like everything has been going wrong this month.

    My hard drive died. My dad fixed it. Then it died AGAIN.

    I had a fever for a week. I got better. And now I'm sick AGAIN.

    It's been so easy to get discouraged by all the little things cutting into my writing time, but I can't let discouragement wrap its coils around me. God is bigger than any problem that comes my way, and He can carry me through. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  4. I have to admit I had a little trouble reading this post. I have an incredible phobia of snakes to where seeing them in photos freaks me out. I almost dropped my computer when I came to the site.

    However, this is a great post, G. Writing is hard, and when you work so hard for a long time and don't see the fruits of your labor, discouragement dances in your thought process. We have to remember God is in control of our writing, and nothing is going to happen without His knowledge. He is the great timekeeper!!

  5. Ginger, what a great post! Like Pat, one of the verses I have clung to over the years has been 2 Cor. 10:5. That "taking thoughts captive" is so important! I also loved how you equated writing with other, better known occupations, validating writing. :) It is valid because God gives the calling and blesses with the inspiration and ability to complete the calling He places on us. Thanks for your powerful encouragements! By the way, I'm on the lookout for dragons. :)

  6. Ginger - I knew you wrote this! Your voice shouted out from the electronic page. Thank you so much for your ongoing words on encouragement.

  7. Ginger, awesome post. SO encouraging. Completely what I needed to hear. Let's talk soon, buddy.

  8. Wow, amazing timing, Ginger.
    I wasn't so much discouraged about my writing as I was about . . . well, everything.
    This, that and, oh yeah, that other part of my life.
    Thanks for throwing me the life line.

  9. Ladies I am very encouraged by all the feedback! thanks :)

  10. G~ BEAUTIFUL post! You know what I love best? (I mean besides the powerful and encouraging message.) I love that even though your name wasn't at the end, and without checking the schedule, I knew this was you. I could tell, the same way I have begun to recognize the voices of all my blog mates. Voice is a beautiful thing! Love you, G!!

  11. Yes, Voice is (and Voices are) a powerful thing. Hardhitting, powerful and effective.
    Thanks and many blessings!

  12. Heidi's right. Ginger, I was wondering who posted but could only imagine this written by you. I could "hear" your voice. Great job! Thanks for the encouragement!