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I am participating in the ‘Writing Contest: You Are A Writer’ held by Positive Writer. This is my entry.
Just Write 2

In the fall of 2002

God spoke to me. Not audibly, but loud enough in my spirit I responded. It was our Global Impact Conference. We have Missionaries who are serving all over the entire world come for 4 days to our Church to share their mission stories. The last night, after a powerful message the pastor invited anyone who feels called to serve in Missions in anyway to come to the front. God didn’t call me as a Missionary. He told me “Brenda, I want you to share your story.” I went forward, prayed and lifted my calling up to the Lord and laid it down at His feet.

Here is an entry from my journal:

“My vision is overwhelming – I’m praying that God will use my pain and suffering to help others who are suffering. My soul has ached and my heart has been broken. Nevertheless, it is not about me. It is all about Him! I would like to write some sort of Christian book – I commit this to Him! All for His glory! I don’t know how I will begin.”

By trade, my job is to sell insurance. On one particular day, about 6 months later I had gone to an appointment and no one was home. So, as I was just sitting in my car waiting for my next appointment I started listening to a Christian talk show with Dr. David Cox (who happened to be one of my Christian Counselors during my divorce from a marriage of 23 years). He had a guest speaker who was sharing about a “Writing and Speaking Seminar”, hosted by CLASServices, Inc. on May 5-7, 2003. It was as if she was talking directly to me. She said, “If you have ever, even had the desire to write a book or speak then this class is for you.” She went onto say, “Even if you think you don’t have the money, don’t let that stop you.” She stated, “they would work with you on payments” and gave all the details. I was so excited because I had been praying, asking God to show me and guide me if He wants me to write. I had told God I did not even know how to write a book or where to begin.

Later the same evening, I was reading the book “The Purpose Driven Life”. On page 72, and I still have it marked; I read this excerpt from the book.

“Notice that Noah obeyed completely (no instruction was overlooked), and he obeyed exactly (in the way and time God wanted it done). That is wholeheartedness. It is no wonder God smiled on Noah.
If God asked you to build a giant boat, don’t you think you might have a few questions, objections, or reservations? Noah didn’t. He obeyed wholeheartedly.
That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.
God doesn’t owe you an explanation or reason for everything He asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can’t.”

The next day…

I picked up the phone and made my reservations to take this class, which was within a week of starting. I attended the class and gained so much knowledge. I was encouraged and an author suggested; I should do my personal BIO. A BIO is your personal information informing others who you are, by sharing a little about yourself, your experiences and availability. I came away from the class so pumped up and excited about my future. I had also spent a fortune on their books. Which, if you are a book lover, like me, that is what usually happens when you go to seminars. I came away knowing God had arranged this class for me. And the day I heard the Guest on the Radio, it was for me. I was the only person attending who had heard the guest speaker. People came from many different states to attend the seminar and it was right in my city!

Well, fast forward, a few weeks, months and years passed. I continued to pray, serve the Lord and grow in my faith. I never did the BIO because I really, once again, did not know what to do. I started attending a local Writers Group, but over time I was not writing anything for contests or magazines, and ended up quitting. I never could find where I belonged.

Here I am 10 years later!

I was touched by the Master, and Jesus healed my heart and soul. After re-marrying a godly, humble guy and raising 5 kids I have been re-energized. Now, years later I am turning my journal prayers to words, not only for God and myself, but also now for others to see. I have the desire to encourage and inspire others. My husband supports my writing and even edits it for me. God has never let me forget my calling and vision to share my story. I have finally started writing it now. I have gone through an Online writing course, called Tribewriters this year and have gotten the support and guidance I have needed all these years. I have a Website where I blog weekly and continue to share my faith. I have prayed for 10 years for God to lead me. I trust in His timing. I would cry, pray, and lift my tears to the Lord, asking Him to use me and not to let all my pain go in vain.

I am writing.

I have a story to tell!

Me2 at Luau

Please leave me a comment if you feel you have been called to write your story or if you have been encouraged in anyway.

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study.

Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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