Monday, November 04, 2013

Power Up - NaNoWriMo Prayer - Day 4

Dear LORD,

Bless my writer friends with the energy and stamina to complete the 50,000 word task set before them.  Guide them to make right and healthy choices - to not stay up (too) late, not overdose on caffeine and sugar, but to make healthy choices so they may stay alert and focused.

Keep their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual batteries charged.  And also keep their electronic batteries charged up, as well!  In this day of laptops, Wi-Fi, and Internet don't let them suffer technical glitches that would discourage them.  May the only power surge they experience be one from Your Spirit, that encourages, inspires and helps them in their writing.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Let the River Run - NaNoWriMo Prayer Day 3

Dear LORD,

I pray for my NaNoWriMo friends that the words flow from their hearts and minds through their fingers and on to the paper (or computer screen).  The current might be fast or it might be a mere trickle, but let them be comfortable with the pace with which You have set to release their thoughts.

If any dams should block their way, I ask You to break them up; pulverize them so their creativity might stream forth.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

God and the Great American Novel - NaNoWriMo Prayer Day 2

So, it's day two of National Novel Writing Month  or NaNoWriMo.  I'm thinking about all my writer friends and wondering how to pray for them today.  Did you know God is an author, too?  Sure, we all know He wrote the Bible (I don't think any of my NaNoWriMo friends aspire to that level) but the Word also says He is the "author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2).

God knows what it is like to write, to create, just as they are doing.  Though He does not struggle to find just the right word, and has never had to edit Himself; still He knows the process and how much work it is to compose.  When He created us in His image, one facet of His personality that He imparted on them was the love of words and The Word. 

The entire Hebrews passage follows for context:

  1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.                                Hebrews 12:1-3

NaNoWriMo is just one small lap in the race set before you all.  I pray that in this portion of the race you are able to set aside all the encumbrances, sins and distractions that might keep you from your goal and that you endure this challenge to the final chapter.

Friday, November 01, 2013

No No NaNoWriMo

A number of my writer friends are partcipating in NaNoWriMo (that's National Novel Writing Month for you ill-informed), in which they will attempt to write a. 50,000 word novel by the end of November.

I am not participating. I do not write fiction. Correction: I do not write fiction WELL so I am wisely forgoing the attempt.

However, because I love my friends and want to support them in this adventure, though I will not be accompanying them I will help them "carry their baggage". That is, I pledge to pray for them each day of their novel journey. 

Today, I ask God to bless their efforts. It is from Him they received their gift and desire to write.  He blessed them with great imaginations. During NaNoWriMo, may they bless Him back with their compositions.