I have only been calling myself a writer for a few short weeks. I wouldn't miss this experience for the world. It has already been an incredible ride. Although there have been ups and downs and stressful moments since I started, it has only fueled my desire to write. So far, I have had no trouble finding words or something to say. My God is right beside me on this adventure, and I can't really speak for Him, but I am loving it! It's unlikely that any of this would be possible without God, and I do believe that He is all I need in this world and my only desire is to serve Him well for however many years I have left.
Late last night, I was struggling with the use of "YOU" and "I" and became utterly confused and frustrated. After God intervened, I suddenly realized that the whole piece would be better without any "YOU" or "US" or "WE" statements and only minimal "I" statements. The major player in any devotional is God and everything included in it should point to Him. A devotional is FOR Him, ABOUT Him, and seeks to draw others TO Him. In light of this writer's revelation, I realized that my previous devotionals and Bible studies could be improved. As I considered this, I realized I don't want to set a precedent of revisiting old pieces of writing every time I learn something new. Resisting temptation is not easy. The reality is, mistakes can't always be undone. Learning from them and moving on is part of the process. Adding salt to the same soup will eventually turn it into an inedible mess. Therefore, I will leave well enough alone and move forward. My writing style has been refined as a result of God's guidance
Karen Butler Ogle