The first time my friend, Becky, walked into my house, she looked around and said, "Wow. You have a lot of words on your walls."
Yeah, I do.
I'm a writer. I'm all about words. My blog, In Others' Words, is dedicated to quotes, which is another word for, well ... words.
As I sit in my office typing this blog, I can look around me and read words -- sayings -- I've posted all over the room:
- "Does my writing change people?" (This was a question posed by literary agent Chip MacGregor on his blog several years ago.)
- "Pain is inevitable; Misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy." (Quoted by author Tim Hassel)
- "The first 50 years of marriage are always the hardest." (My husband and I saw this plaque and laughed out loud. And then we bought it for ourselves.)
- "Instead of being a victim of evil, you see God's hand in it all and name yourself a victim of grace." (From Robin Jones Gunn's novel Coming Attractions)
- "May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us -- yes, establish the work of our hands." (Psalm 90:17 NIV)
That last quote? It's my writer's prayer. I pray that for myself -- and for other writers whenever I get a chance. It's what I call an "anchor verse."
What is an anchor verse?
A boat's anchor keeps a boat from drifting.
That's what "anchor verses" do for me: They keep me from drifting from what I believe.
Whenever I begin a new book, I hold it up to God and ask him to establish --or give permanence to -- the work of my hands.
When I'm stuck staring at a blank Word document or desperately trying to unravel a muddled middle, I ask God to establish the work of my hands.
I have other verses that anchor me to God as I walk along the writing road. A favorite is:
"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness." (Psalm 115:1 NIV)
If I'm ever asked to sign a copy of a book I've written, I always inscribe Psalm 115:1 underneath my name.
Because really ... the praise and glory goes to his name, not mine.
What verses or sayings keep you from drifting from what you believe as you walk the writing road?