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God Fulfills His Promises!

God put this post in my heart a little while ago, but I feel like it’s time for it now. I discovered that I love writing when I was eight years old. I wrote a poem about a dog in fourth grade, it rhymed and it won an award at my school’s writing celebration. When I think about that poem now, I laugh because it was really silly but it opened my eyes to something that I adored. I am 32-years-old now, so I have been writing for 24 years. That’s a long time!

In my years as a writer, I’ve received tons of rejection letters. With each rejection letter, I didn’t let it stop me. I kept on writing because God put a passion in my heart for writing. I kept applying to writing jobs all the time. For a long time though, it seemed like writing would never be anything but a hobby for me.

Why did I keep writing? Well, for a while, it was because people (mostly my parents) kept telling me that I was good at it. It had also become an outlet, something I did that helped me deal with emotional situations. Finally, I kept writing because the Lord promised that He was going to give me opportunities to use the gift He’d given to me. Mostly, I just kept writing because I loved doing it!

Honestly, I doubted that God would be able to fulfill His promise to use my writing. How was He going to find anyone who wanted to hear what I had to say? I wasn’t as educated as other writers were. I had discouragement running through my head all the time:

“I have nothing to say.”

“I’m really not a good writer.”

“God can’t make people want to read my stuff.”

“I should just give up. Why waste my time?”

Remember, I said the Lord promised to use my writing. I found the ad for Project Inspired on March 28, 2011 and I said a silent prayer: “Lord, this would be the most awesome opportunity ever! I would love to do this, can I?” Then the doubts came back. Well, I sent an email anyway with a link to my blog and Facebook page and I thought, “at least I’m getting more practice applying for writing jobs.”

When I received an email from Project Inspired on April 5 congratulating me and offering me the position of The Christian Secret blogger, I cried! I started praying and worshipping God, then I started running and skipping around my apartment!

God never promises things that He isn’t planning to fulfill. If God has put a passion for something in your heart, whatever it is – dancing, singing, writing, teaching, acting, art, sports, whatever it may be — pursue it! If it seems like it’ll never be more than a dream, then give it to God and ask Him to use it however He wants! He will! If God has made a promise to you, He will fulfill it. Read the story of Abraham, it starts in Genesis 12.

Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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  1. Posted by on September 25, 2011 at 16:00

    Thanks so much! I love this n it helped tremendiously! 🙂

  2. Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 13:27

    That was so inspiring! I, too, love to write, even though I’m only 13 and haven’t done anything huge yet!
    But I have another question:
    I pray, read the bible, and worship God. However, my parents don’t take our family to church, and I REALLy want them to! My mom keeps saying things like “maybe next week”, even though she never takes us, and “we’re too busy”! How can I convince them that our family should go?
    Thanks so much!

  3. Posted by on September 17, 2011 at 17:05

    Hello Jenn , and congratulation. I am also waiting on GOD to fulfill the HE promied me. I had to understand that GOD has to grow us up.Waiting can be hard ,when you not trusting in HE, but i think GOD for the ups as well for the down.It truely can say that HIS love for me is better then life. PEACE MY SISTER!

  4. Posted by on September 17, 2011 at 16:47

    This made me feel good. Since I was little, I always sang in the shower or when I was alone in my room. God has given me a lovely voice, but sometimes I feel like I’m not good enough. I need a microphone to be heard. But I pray that god will make my voice stronger and better, and that I’ll never sing about money or sex or swagger, but I’ll sing about the Lord.

  5. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 18:38

    I love biology! i would be a doctor but they have to go to school for a long time. What do you think Nicole? should I go to be a doctor or to be a nurse?

    • Posted by Nicole on September 21, 2011 at 15:50

      Whatever you feel called to do. Listen to your heart. However, to be a dr will require like 8 more years of school!

      • Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 17:31

        thanks for the advice!!!

  6. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 11:12

    This post is great! 🙂 I’m still exploring different avenues that I think God may want me to take, one of them is writing but I’ve never written stuff outside of stories more or less for fun and I feel like there may be more to it. I feel like I’m being pulled in a certain direction to take my writing to a different level but how do I know if its really what God wants?

  7. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 21:39

    Hello. I am wondering if God really does forgive all sins through Jesus. I keep hearing about the “unpardonable” sin; however, didn’t Jesus promise to wipe us clean as snow from all sins? I am just worried because I went through a period in my life where I was a pretty assured militant atheist. I want to worship Jesus so badly, but I am terrified that I am just going to be sent to Hell. It really is terrifying. Thank you in advance.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 16, 2011 at 18:12

      no you wont~!! dont you worry about a THING. That is the devil trying to persuade you not to follow Jesus. Jesus LOVES you so, so so so much. More than you know. Pray, and ask him to forgive your sins and pray that you want to seek His will for your life. And tell Him you except that He died on the cross for your sins, and that you thank Him. Trust me, God is so happy to have you into His home! You are more than welcomed! Do not be afraid Kendall, that is the best choice you will ever make in your ENTIRE LIFE. I promise you!!! Don’t let the devil get ahold on you and be scared. God gives you a spirit of power, and love. Not of fear. He loves you!! I’m praying for you, 🙂 welcome to the family of Christ!

  8. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 20:02

    This has been really encouraging. 😀 I, too, am a writer, and I’m also a trumpeter. I love the talents that God has given to me for me to use for His glory 🙂

  9. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 19:48

    I LOVE writing! I’m SO happy for you! 😉 I’m struggling with deciding if I want to be a photographer or a writer. It’s confusing me! I love writing, but I also love photography. And writing fiction is awesome! I’ve written several fiction books.

    • Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 23:42

      RJ, God doesn’t only give one single talent to people. Some people have one primary talent, some have several. God gives to us according to His will. If He has given you passion for both photography and writing, then do both! God has given me gifts of writing, teaching, and exhorting (that pretty much means I tell it like it is, but I do it with love). If you have more than one God given gift or talent, pursue as many as you can. God will increase your love for one or the other if He only wants you to do one, but until them write and shoot your heart out!

    • Posted by Nicole on September 15, 2011 at 21:00

      you have? OMG that is SO cool!!! why can’t you be both a photographer AND a writer?

  10. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 19:30

    For some reason,I have a strong love for babies and children! I love singing and playing my flute and piccolo! On youth sunday,I led a song,and one of the adults of the church said that I did an awesome job and that he sees the increase in me. I said thank you,although I really don’t know what the increase is.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 15, 2011 at 19:41

      that’s fantastic!! Praise God!

      • Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 21:50

        I firmly belive that God has a calling on my life and he is going to do amazing things with me! Same goes for all of you ladies!

  11. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 16:39

    Hi I love writing too I’ve always loved writing, I’ve wrote stories all of my life. I hope to be an actress, model, or author and illustrator when I grow up. I already model for senaverauniforms.com and dillards. I act and sing, and have a modeling and acting agency. Wish me luck!!

    • Posted by Nicole on September 15, 2011 at 16:58

      that’s amazing Ali! you can totally do it! Just keep your focus Christ-oriented and you can do all things!

  12. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 15:19

    Loved this article. Especially since I love to write as well, i could easily relate to it. Thanks for this article Jenn!

  13. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 13:43

    Awesome post! I still don’t know what my God-given talent is yet! I’ve always wanted to be a teacher- maybe that’s it? I’m not sure yet, but I know in time- if I keep praying to God and Mary- that They will tell me what it is when it’s my time! 🙂

    • Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 23:38

      Monica, don’t discount the dreams that you have as a child. If you have always wanted to be a teacher, then God may have given you a talent for teaching and communicating difficult concepts to people in ways that they can understand! The gift of teaching is an awesome one, keep praying and God will confirm His plan for your life!

  14. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 12:35

    Wow! Loved reading this article. It has inspired me even more, and I hope it inspires many people! Thank you for writing and not giving up, you are awesome!!!

  15. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 10:54

    I love to write too! I’m only 13, and my book isn’t even published yet, but, I’m gonna finish up my book, and try to get it published.
    I also like to sing 😀

  16. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 10:52

    This is really cool!!! I’m actually a writer my self. My mom wants me to send in my stuff to a publisher just to see what they would do with it. I’ve always thought i wasn’t that good and she was always over estemating my talent. But this really encouraged me. Thanks! God bless! 😀

  17. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 10:43

    I’M an author! I don’t write blogs or anything, but I do write stories, have been for almost six years, and counting. It’s almost everything to me. If I didn’t have a pencil and paper and a pencil sharpener, my world would probably end. That’s how important it is to me. Like you said, writing is like an emotional baggage removal. I get to write what I want, how I want and no one can tell me no. Other than being an FBI or something, being an author is all I can see myself doing. But i’ve been really down on myself lately… I’ve been suffering from Writer’s Block for a few weeks and my imagination is almost DEAD. I keep thinking “Maybe I shouldn’t be taking this road” but I still can’t give up hope. There are times where I’m so close, but then I think “what on earth are you doing? you’re talented, this is everything to you, why would you give this up??” all of my teachers tell me how great all of my writing is and it just kind of builds me up. I actually pulled up my story in the Word document right before I read this. And now, I feel like I NEED to go on. There’s like this pull… like it’s something I have to do.

    In another phrase, I found my passion again. 🙂 thank you so much for posting this! This was something I definitely needed to hear.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 15, 2011 at 17:02

      that makes me so happy!! Glad Jenn’s article really motivated you!