Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:11).
Some sit upright, others lie in their beds, still others recline over two chairs. Many are indoors, some in nature, others in their favorite coffee shop. Some are in total silence, others with worship or modern music in the background. Some do it at night, others early morning, and one only on Sundays. Several have no set schedule.
What am I talking about? Writing
I asked our Rest Ministries devotional writers in our writer’s group how they produce devotionals and to my surprise it sparked weeks of conversation amongst us with more than 150 replies.
Some of us write our devotionals quickly, while others labor for days. Some take longer editing than writing the original draft. A few writers begin with the Bible verse and others have to search for hours to find just the right verse once the body of text is complete.
Writers wake up from their sleep with a word or phrase that God has placed on their heart and those devotionals flow. The Holy Spirit is guiding us through these; they are fun to write, with little effort.
What we seem to marvel at is one thing. We all are chronically ill but somehow we find the time to create devotionals and love doing such. But with our illnesses sometimes it is difficult to go about our daily living activities. Still we find the ability to write. There is no logic to this fact.
We all agree there is only one way we can write–God allows it. We have been given this God-given talent to create, despite our illnesses. It gives us immense pleasure to share with our readers but we give the credit and glory to our Savior.
He is the one that deserves all the credit.
Prayer: Dear God, Thank You for providing us with strengths despite our illnesses. Allow us to identify and share our strengths with others, in Your glory, Amen.
About the author:
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three children. She is a retired elementary school counselor who discovered her love of writing about 35 years ago. Laura is the disability/chronic illness advocate for her church and also enjoys running a HopeKeepers group. She is writing a book about her illness, dysautonomia: the deregulation of the autonomic nervous system. She had a pacemaker implanted in October 2013 as a result of dysautonomia slowing her heart rate.
What are your strengths?
This Kari Jobe singing “You are Here for Me” and before she sings her words may touch your heart. As you uread this devotion you may be wondering what God has planned for you. What gift is He going to provide you with and how long to do you have to wait. This song’s lyrics encourage us to know God is for us. For you. For me. He loves you unconditionally He is speaking to you. His words right now, as they have been in my life before, may be “wait.” But He never stops loving you. -Lisa