Month: May 2016

Author Care

Karen Ball & Erin Taylor Young

21 – Author Care

Too often we authors focus on craft care and career care, and forget all about author care. It’s more than just a “good idea” to take care of yourself, it’s a necessity if you’re going to do this writing task with excellence. Don’t kid yourself that you don’t need to take care of your needs. Remember, God’s #2 command is to love others as we love ourselves. So join us as we discuss how to take care of your most important asset as a writer: YOU!

 

Show Notes

As writers we get too busy doing. We get so busy writing, trying to meet deadlines, and getting that word count in, that we forget about savoring the gift of writing. Of savoring the gift of what God has called us to do, and nurturing that gift within us so we can write with creative passion instead of writing to meet a word count.

 

Tips for nurturing our writing hearts and taking care of the Greatest asset that God has given you: yourself!

1. Start and end your day with God.

  • Consider reading devotionals. We highly recommend Streams in the Desert by Lb common, the revised version
  • Focus on Scripture first thing in the morning.
  • Focus on the Creator’s creation, the beauty around you. Take a walk, sit on the porch with a cup of coffee. Take time to soak it in.

 

2. Understand that it’s okay to take time to nurture yourself. To take moments, or time away from writing to make sure your feeding your spirit in other ways.

  • You might need more sleep, or to read, or walk, or garden, or whatever you need.
  • Remember that writing is a gift to be enjoyed and savored with God.

 

3. Stay away from things that take away your ability to nurture yourself.

  • Avoid comparing yourself to others. It puts your focus on yourself and others rather than God.
  • Your writing journey is for you and God. You can’t take someone else’s journey. Enjoy the journey God has for you.

 

4. Set realistic goals—large or small—and reward yourself for faithfulness. Or if setting goals doesn’t work for you, then don’t.

 

5. Even if you’re not feeling tired and burnt out, continue to nurture yourself. Keep making emotional deposits in your emotional bank.

 

6. Take a spiritual retreat—a few minutes, hours, or even days. Plan a specific time to get away and listen to God.

 

7. Plan to have Sabbath days. Get away from work for a whole day.

 

8. Live in the moment.

  • Be aware of the delights in the moments that God gives you, whether it’s your dog coming up to brush his nose against your hand, or someone to coming up to hug you, or a phone call from a friend.
  • Don’t look on these moments as interruptions. Look on them as living in a moment that for some reason God has brought to you, and take delight in it.

 

9. Understand that author care often requires a sacrifice.

  • Be willing to take the steps you need to.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Enlist the help of friends and family to make this a priority.

 

Books mentioned in the podcast:

Streams in the Desert

Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman

 

Don’t forget about our giveaway!

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Courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, we’re giving away a copy of Tyndale’s Inspire Bible, featured on the last podcast. Check our May 23rd newsletter for details on how to enter!

We want to hear from you!

What do you do that nurtures you? That restores you?

 

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When the Deep Never Seems to End

Robin Lee Hatcher

20 – When the Deep Never Seems to End

Have you ever felt like the deep will never end? Like you barely make it through one tough place and another one begins? Well, you’re not alone! Let gifted author Robin Lee Hatcher, who has known many deep places in her life and career, share words of truth and encouragement to help you dwell in the deep—and come out with the sure knowledge that God is with you every step of the way!

 

Show Notes

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, she is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of American (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Robin is the author of over 70 novels and novellas, and she knows what it’s like to be in the deep.

 

Top Quotes From Robin

What the Deep Means to Me…

“I’ve had very deep places with the Lord, both that I would consider highs, even though it’s a deep place, and sometimes they’re deep because they’re hard times to walk through. But I’ve come to believe through my Christian walk that those deep places are what make us strong and what make us more like Christ. How can we want to deny them or turn them away? We have to spend time in those deep places so that we can reach the high places.”

 

What led to the writing of The Forgiving Hour

I didn’t know if I had the talent or the courage to write the book…My first husband had multiple extramarital affairs…but the first affair was what the story was based upon. One day the mistress came to our house to pick up my husband, so I saw her…Three months after that, we put our marriage back together as best as unbelievers could. Three years after that, I was attending a Christian conference… a young woman came over and joined us at our table… suddenly I realized that this was the mistress. I knew she’d come to the table knowing who I was, I just didn’t know why she’d come to the table…I would love to tell you that I was very spiritual for the whole conference and just soaked it all in, but the honest truth is that all I knew was where this gal was seated throughout the day. When I went home that day, I spent the night asking God why she had come to the table… About 3 o’clock in the morning, God spoke to me very clearly and said she was there because I needed to forgive her. I said to the Lord, “I forgave her, I forgave him, everything is fine, fine, fine!” He said, “No, she needs you to tell her you forgive her.” I stood up, and I raised my fist to the ceiling and I said, “You’re God. You tell her.” But by 6 o’clock in the morning God had His way with me…I found her at the conference the next day… I said to her, “I know who you are and I forgive you.” I can’t tell you how much that changed her life, but I know that it changed mine. It freed me forever from ever holding onto bitterness…

God had to do a lot of healing in my heart and in my life to prepare me for that place where I could actually tell that story. I had to be willing to wait but also to hear when it was time.

 

What led to the writing of A Promise Kept

I married Jerry in 1989. Unbeknownst to me he was an alcoholic… I had no understanding of addictions at that time…It took about three years for things to get so bad for him that there was no hiding it from me. We were married for 17 years with alcoholism being the predominant feature of our marriage… There were many very painful hard times…when you’re married to an alcoholic, it’s a lonely place to be.

The first time Jerry went into the DTs it drove me back to the foot of the cross…I held on to the foot of the cross until I could feel the slivers in the palms of my hands. One of the things that I have learned is that’s exactly where I belong. And that’s exactly where I want to stay, hanging on to the foot of the cross that hard all the time.

Around 15 years into the marriage I felt God say that He was going to save the marriage, so I just knew Jerry was going to get sober. But instead, things just got worse and worse and we ended up divorced…I thought maybe I just hadn’t heard God right.

About five years after the divorce I heard God say, “It would bring me pleasure if you and Jerry got back together.” From that moment on, every time I would see Jerry, I felt God nudging me to say something to him, and I just refused for quite a while. Finally it was uncontrollable, and I just blurted out to him, “Do you think we could put this thing back together?”…He started to cry…

God kept his promise. He saved my marriage—He saved it through divorce… I’m married to a different man. God got Jerry aside, away from me, and they did business. The changes in him are real and they’re deep. That was a promise kept.

 

About writing in the midst of the deep…

Sometimes you’re just burned out by the emotions of it and then it’s a matter of discipline sitting down and putting words on paper.

You can’t trust your feelings about your work. You have to rely on God and the gift that He gave you. Don’t listen to that negative voice that’s just whispering failure, failure, failure.

I immerse myself in the Word all the time…always trying to go deeper in the Word.

 

About Bible Art Journaling

It’s my Bible for showing artistically what God is teaching me at any particular time. It really has enlivened me, seeing Scripture in a whole new way for me, meditating on the Lord and letting Him show me a Scripture that He wants me to then work on. The visuals really do help me remember Scripture.

 

Final words of wisdom… 

I would encourage people to be in the Word because those deep, difficult places are never going to arrive when you’re just all ready for them.

You have to build yourself up all the time. When we know Him and trust His character we’re not going to be thrown into the places of doubt.

There was a time when I was weeping so hard I could hear my tears splash as they hit the floor, and I was asking God why—because of Jerry’s alcoholism—why, why, why? I realized what I was saying wasn’t just why, but “why me?” God answered me, and He said, “Why not you, Robin?” And I had to go, “Yeah…why not me?”

Christ suffered on the cross, and I am called to become more like Him. And it’s the deep places, the hard things in life that put us in that refiners fire that we all want to avoid. But that’s what burns away the chaff, and we come out silver and gold on the other side.

What Jesus spoke to me one time was, “Robin miracles do exist but what we do most of the time is that I ask you to be yoked with me, and we’ll walk through it together.” So I would encourage people to be yoked with Jesus and walk through whatever deep place they’re in with Him because it will be easier yoked with Him.

 

Where to find Robin on the web: robinleehatcher.com

 

Links to Books Mentioned

Forgiving Hour
The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher

 

A Promise Kept
A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

 

Announcing a Special Giveaway, Courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers!

We’re giving away one copy of Tyndale’s Inspire Bible just like Robin uses for her Bible art journaling!

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We want to hear from you!

What do you do when the deep never seems to end?
Have you ever found yourself clinging to the foot of the cross, as Robin puts it, so hard you feel the slivers in your palms?

 

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Does it seem like the deep will never end? Here’s encouragement from one who understands!

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