Saturday, November 18, 2006

Encouraging Words from God and . . .Jerry B. Jenkins

Here's the encouraging words in Jeremiah from the Lord Himself to the Jerusalem exiles in Babylon: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to give you hope and a future." A few thousands years later it still holds true for you and me. Words to live by.

Today I needed some encouraging words about my writing. Even though I received one acceptance letter, I also found a rejection. Then again, rejection is part of the writer's life as are the harsh words of family and friends who are just a tad bit ignorant. We persevere.

A writer continually works out his craft; writing daily, reading, accepts the useful critques/edits of her work and ignores the useless rederick of those who might be jealous of goodness knows what. I know, I don't usually get that harsh. A little snippyness is healthy sometimes.

However, help comes from unexpected places. My son walked in with the Saturday morning mail and gave me a letter from Jerry B. Jenkins. I realize, of course, it's only a form letter but it's quite a really cool and personalized form letter. Here's some of it . . .


Warm greetings to you! It's common to start to feel bogged down at this point in the two-year course, so my reason for contacting you today is to offer you some encouragement. I can certainly identify with the solitude that a writer feels. It can feel like a lonely profession at times. Don't ever forget that you are a part of a larger community of writers in the Christian Writers Guild who are working to sharpen their skills just like you are. You are not alone. Keep going. You can do it.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Okay, I'm good now. I guess I should start reading his novels.

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