Don’t be so quick to believe what you hear because lies spread quicker than truth.
I don’t know about you but I need a change of scenery. I’ve been going around the same mountain for so long that I can’t tell the difference between the truth and a lie.
The mountain I’m referring to is the writing mountain. Write? Or don’t write? God, what do you want me to do?
Writing was not something I had chosen for myself. My family and I had been taking care of my dad who suffered a heart attack. He woke one afternoon from a nap, looked up at me and said, “ I know what you need to do.” Humoring him I replied, “Ok, dad what do I need to do?” He grabbed my arm, looked me in the eyes and said, “You need to write children’s books.”
Years later circumstances fell into place and I was taking online writing classes. I took the first class and enjoyed it so much that I took the next class. But something happened. I became discouraged and began doubting myself as a writer. I stopped writing for six years until Breath on Paper gave me a reason to write again.
What kept me from writing? The battle between the lies and the truth. The voice that constantly whispers in my ear what I think to be true. He says:
“There’s nothing special about you.”
“And you want to write children’s books?”
“No one is going to buy your books.”
“You’ll never be a good enough writer.”
“You call that writing?”
Where do these whispers come from? I’ll tell you. His name is Fear. And he is a liar. He means business and once he has you in his grasp he suffocates the life out of you.
I’ve experienced life behind his prison walls. I know what it’s like having fear keep you from doing what’s on your heart. I want to write but when I sit down at the keyboard and stare at the blinking cursor on the screen, the whispers become louder and louder and I am powerless to move.
What frustrates me about my time spent in my prison cell is I know better than to believe the lies.
John 10:10 states: the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I sabotage myself in to failing by allowing myself to believe the lies rather than stand on the promises of God. I need to see myself as He sees me.
I am a new creation in Him! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24)
I am saved by grace. (Ephesians 2:8)
I am a daughter of Light. (Thessalonians 5:5)
I am chosen and called by God. (John 15:16)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you( -1 Peter 5:7). That’s what I’m going to do. Give it to God. I’m going to let Him deal with my fear. I will no longer let it paralyze me.
MINISTERING MUSIC: Fear Is a Liar by Zach Williams (official music video-youtube)
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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be foundhere.