Why Every Woman Should Write Down Words for God

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I sat on the small couch, sinking in the middle. The cushions as old as the hills. I was all empty tank and tired and parched for some kind of hope.

To believe again. In anything. To feel again. Just any way.

Then he asked me, “Are you writing?”

“No.”

I said it dry, but my mind was alert. Surprised. Why did he ask me that? Premarital counseling never addressed this. He didn’t know. About the deep down urge to pick up the pen. The way I’d been coming alive through written words since the days of my youth. And how now there was only dry ink, a deadness in me. Because what do you have to offer or say or share when all you see is dark?

“Why,” he asked.

And then the heat started. At the top of my head, like a light shower. Moving down my body, my back. The Spirit was there. In the room. Moving through some kind of lie I didn’t know I had believed.

“Because….” and then I started to break. Like a shaking. Tears welling up. Before I could come up with an answer, he said

“Because that’s what he tried to steal from you. Satan, I mean.”

“Yes,” I replied. Yes. And it had been working.

The lies are sometimes so much easier to believe.

You begin to believe your voice doesn’t matter. Your broken story is too broken indeed. And write about it….What are you thinking? You can’t even write.

Sometimes the loudest critic is in your head. And Satan jumps on that train because,

SISTERS – we have a calling we have yet to fully understand.

That urge to teach, to write, to speak for Him. It’s FROM HIM. Because you were made to know Him and make Him Known.

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“You are my witnesses, declares the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.” Isaiah 43:10

And how can you really know Him without wanting to brag on Him? We are His witnesses.

When the Spirit man inside of you is burning with agreement in His Word- there is someone, somewhere who needs that word. Just like you do.

And just when we think we are writing/serving/teaching for others, for Him….we find the healing ourselves.

So HERE IT IS. The Word He has for you. TODAY.

“The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.” Psalm 68:11

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 The women who proclaim it.

He is doing something here. In the hearts of women.

He is calling you out.

Throng is defined as a multitude of assembled persons, a large number crowded together.

So you ask yourself: “What does my voice matter? There are enough voices out there.”

He wants more.

The definition actually says this crowd will have “an increase of pressing activity.”

Increase! A pressing in.

We wonder what this blogging sensation is among women. This flocking to conferences and reaching out for community. This generation of women calling for good and holy things. Fighting for justice. Doing the hard things. Speaking into the spiritual realm and calling what is not as though it were.

More proclamations! More of His daughters taking pen and microphone and small classroom and job influence to Make Him Known.

The crowds of women speaking His Name are not a threat to your personal call. That sister that has more followers and published her third book, she is not your competitor.

We are on the same holy team. Oh, He wants you on this team.

Calling you to wear His team jersey in your sphere of influence. Screaming loud for your Coach, because the real bedlam game isn’t about orange vs. red or the rubber laced ball. There’s a real fight going on. He’s calling all warriors. Arise. TOGETHER.

Proclaim: To say or declare something publicly.

The world will tell you to lift high the mantle of self. This mantle of self-promotion that gets heavier by day. Tracking your followers. Your stats and re-tweets.

And what if we all laid down the heavyweight mantle of self-promotion

to lift high the Cross in Proclamation.

Me with my hand-full of “followers” and you with your two thousand because Jesus…He wants so many more followers.

This writing gig?  Your daily gig? This using of your gifts and laboring at your job and breathing every breath- it’s all to line up more people behind Him.

What if we dropped the “I can’ts” and the “I shouldn’ts” and the “I don’t know enoughs” and just trusted Him to speak. Through us. For Him. Right where we are.

How He chooses to use your proclamation and whom He chooses to lead and what doors He opens and those He shuts hard, that’s His perfect orderly business.

He will lay out the details of your call in His time, one day at a time. We don’t get the whole bucket of apples today. Just the way it is.

In the meantime, you can take a few things to the bank:

God wants you to remember. So for those of us who can’t remember what we ate for breakfast yesterday, we better WRITE down what God did for us. In a journal, online or on a posty. Whatever. Write it down. Your going to need that post-it note one day. When the fig tree isn’t producing and there are no cattle in the stalls and you are wondering where your God is. Remember what He has done for you. Remember who He is.

There is beautiful evidence to the power of the written word. To journaling. Etching out your prayers in ink and stumbling on them years later to check off every one: Answered. These are your scrolls of remembrance. My latest read: When I Journal, He Speaks.

“Remember to extol his work.” Job 36:24

“My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you” Psalm 42:6

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11

Let us not “fail to remember the miracles He has done among [us.]” Neh. 9:17

He wants you to proclaim His Name. When the world gets loud with the sound of defeat, His Name will hush the soul with peace. His Name will save. He is spreading his glory over all the earth, and He is using His people to do it.

“I believe, therefore I speak.” 2 Cor. 4:13

“Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. ” Psalm 9:11

“I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know.” Psalm 40:9

He wants you to testify. Because when I entered my valley of doubt, my slow walk out was through words. His words, your words and all the meaningful words of saints gone before us.

Words proclaiming truth into the rope of lies. Words saying, “Me, too. I’ve been there. Hold on!”

And when His Word felt dry and my soul was parched from doubt, He used the common words of his saints, brushed them with the Life of His Spirit and breathed them over my heart.

“And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:27

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14

When my story intersects with yours …..and all the sisters I have yet to meet, and we let all the stories of redemption confirm His Word in our souls, that’s a real liberty fest! We use the key that unlocked the lies and we hand it to the next girl.

This is real freedom: when we finally get this ————-> It’s not all about us. Our special call. Our dreams. Our names.

Oh, He gives beautiful dreams. And specific calls. But they are ALL- every one of them, given that we might proclaim Him more.

So that note you’ve been meaning to send, it’s not too late. His Word is timely and it never spoils. That phone call or visit to speak life, it’s needed. Your voice – it’s a gift to be used.

Write a letter to that author who knocked your socks off…even if they will never read it. To your children – to put in stone how you and God really feel about them. To your spouse – because they need your affirmation more than you know. To your pastor, because he/she is laboring for you.

I love the book of Hosea. So many good Words there. And when Hosea is calling out the people of Israel to return to God, here is what he says:

“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” Hos. 14:1-2

Take words with you, Sisters.

The WORD of LIFE. He is the WORD, come alive in you. He will speak for you. May we offer our God the fruit of our lips and the work of our pen and the witness of our lives.

I’m joining the procession in Praise of God. Will you come with me?

I’m linking up today with Holly Gerth and Rebekah Hughes the brave souls exhorting others in Christ. Join us! And….if this word was for you, comment below on how you plan to proclaim His Name as an act of thanks to Him. Be blessed today!

 

 

 

 

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29 comments

  1. I cried as I read through this. These words? They’re coming at a time when I have struggled with the calling to write, to speak, and even though I write to process and to think, I haven’t claimed this call as a writer. This call to proclaim the Lord’s words seems like an uphill battle most days, especially with two little girls 3 and under and another due at the beginning of August. Thank you for your words. They confirm so much for me.

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    • I’m so thankful God spoke to you to encourage your heart. I hear you! I have 3-yr old twins. You know, one of the quotes from Jean’s book encouraged me – the one I tweeted about how God’s revelations are graces not to be taken for granted. But our time is stretched and pressed. So I started to take little notes on my phone when I’m out and about. A verse, a word, a thought. Then I can add to my notepad on my phone throughout my day – walking through kitchen, etc. And the other thing I thought might bless you – is something He spoke to my spirit recently about how there is not hurry. We seem to want to hurry into a call – or writing some thing – like we will miss out or something. He spoke to me and said, not only is His word timely…but it never spoils. It will wait for you as you take care of the family He gave you. 🙂 Blessings today!

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      • Oh yes! I feel time’s pressure, but there are only so many hours in the day…and so many of them are used up before I can think in peace. I have a notebook that I’m using to write down ideas, but this season of life is both full and draining. I’m thankful that, as God showed you, His plans don’t spoil or wilt. And I’m always reminding myself that He gently leads those with young. 🙂

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      • I know about the constant distractions. Maybe you’ll write a book one day about how to press in in the middle of it all. 🙂 Get your rest when you need it – which is about every minute. 🙂

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  2. Thank you Ginger, this is yet another confirmation that I need to write down and focus on things I’m grateful for throughout my day because I’m currently going through one of those times when “the fig tree isn’t producing and there are no cattle in the stalls and you are wondering where your God is.” Writing things down helps me to remember what He has done for me and remember who He is. And I cling to this verse.

    So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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    • I’m so glad this encouraged you. We all need work in being more grateful! Me – the most! I’m thankful He is the one who “makes me glad” and I’m really attentive this week to looking beyond what we can see with our eyes…and believing God is working where we cannot see. Providing for us! Working all things out. Blessings to you.

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  3. Thank you for this post. As I sit here with tears streaming down my face I’m filled up with so many emotions. God has been speaking to me for quite sometime about writing books (He has gone as far as giving me exactly what he wants in the book) but I have so many other responsibilities (along with a few excuses) that I keep putting it off. After reading this and seeing many of the scriptures that He has spoken to me I can no longer put if off. I have to speak out if only to change one life for the kingdom, at least I’ll know I’ve been obedient to the Heavenly Father who has been so patient with me. I love Him so much for who He is and all He has done for me.

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  4. Hi Ginger- Thank you for visiting me today! -This is so great- so well said and speaks to my heart! I have thought those thoughts a thousand times!… “what am I doing? There are so many others … and they do it way better than me- Maybe I should quit..”Thanks for the encouragement today to keep going, keep trusting- and keep writing.

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  5. wow. this was a power packed perspective on using our pen or any platform for the right purposes. Thank you so much for your depth of insight and calling to band together…you are right about Satan always trying to silence our testimony…its funny because many times our tool of testimony is a gift to us that we doubt and hide routinely….afraid to let it out or afraid it won’t make sense to others…maybe thats in part to keep us clinging tightly to Jesus and to continue to walk humbly… Thank you for your encouraging words Ginger

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  6. Very powerful words, Ginger. I, too, know what it’s like to feel like Satan has stolen your words…and the precious presence of the Spirit urging me to fight the lie. Thank you so much for your words, and for visiting Alissa’s Life Under Construction. 😀

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  7. I have lived in the Psalms for years and somehow missed this scripture and the reference to women. Its why I write: I write to process my life – it helps slow down my ADHD brain. Then i write so I can remember…and share with others. My ;passion is to write so that my children, grandchildren and future Grandchildren will know about my life and my faith. I wish so much I knew more about my own mom and my grandmother and the things they thought. Appreciated reading this.

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  8. O HALLELUJAH GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!!!!! This word was just for me and for me to share. You have been a real inspiration this morning. Clearly speaking from God. I know because I tested your spirit by the Spirit. Amen. Thank You for allowing God to use you as His instrument. God bless you and have a lovely day in the Lord.😁💗🌹

    O yeah, I almost forgot! I use my words on social media.Facebook, Google plus and Instagram. Spreading joy, the Word of God, encouragement, motivation all as the Holy Spirit leads me. With all glory to God!!!!

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  9. My pastor has always encouraged everyone to journal at least 3-4 days a week. He suggests writing down your prayers as well as your thoughts on the scriptures you are studying. He readily admits to being very easily distracted during his personal prayer and devotional time and states that writing while you talk to God and study His holy word enables him to keep on track. This statement resonated with me in 2002, and I was instantly sure that I had found the church where I needed to be.
    I can personally affirm that journaling has made a huge difference in my prayer life, and in every other way. Having been physically, emotionally and verbally abused, and living with ADD, dyslexia and PTSD, I am prone to periods of deep depression and terrible bouts of self doubt. Being able to go back and read what I have proclaimed in my own hand at an earlier date strengthens me and reminds me of how faithful and good our God truly is . This has an amazingly therapeutic effect !
    I know God has a purpose for the trials I have survived. I believe it is to share that God uses what happens in our lives to make us stonger and bring us each closer to Him. If what I learned can in turn help another who is struggling or in despair, then I can see that I was never uselessly suffering, but on a learning journey which at the completion had made more empathetic, stronger, and oh so much more in love with my Father God. Sharing my experiences in the hope that another may come to this realization is a commission I want to continue until Jesus takes me home.

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