What A Writer Should Write

If your writing isn't affecting the reader someway, somehow
Then your writing is all wrong
Maybe your words don't form eloquently
Maybe what you write about is something from another realm
Maybe it's not supposed to make sense
And that's okay
That's perfect.
When it comes to writing 'correctly',
There's no right or wrong
You write what you want to write
No one is to say if it's good or bad
And if the reader finishes reading your words
And asks 'What in the world did I just read?'
You have succeeded.
If they say, 'This was beautiful'
Or 'This was sad'
Well done.
For in all these instances,
You have made them feel.
And as a writer,
That is - and always will be -
Your greatest goal.
Your greatest accomplishment.
Your greatest reward.

When You Need To Surrender

Believing that God is in control even amidst our anxiety, heartache or grief is, without a doubt, one of the most difficult places to be in life.  I have struggled with this many times, in many circumstances.  But in every instance, I have come to realize the truth of God's sovereignty in new and more intimate ways.  Each time, I had to decide if I would trust Him, even when my heart was aching within me.

Learning to obey God doesn't come overnight.  It's a process.  Just as is trusting Him.  We trust Him one circumstance at a time.  It's a choice we must make, otherwise our human nature will take over and our brains will burst into chaos.

"Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings, but of my will," says Jerry Bridges in his book 'Trust God: Even When Life Hurts'.

This statement is so true.  Our decision must be conscience-based, not emotional.

How many of you feel like letting go of what you're trying to handle or fix, and trust it all to God during times of great ordeal?  Uhh, none of us.  But you can choose to do so, even if you don't feel like it.  Jerry Bridges later says, "The act of will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth."

Are you standing on His Truth?  On His promises?  Do you believe it?  Do you believe Him?

When you indeed surrender, God will ask you for your life.  For everything and everyone you love.  And you need to give everything over to Him.  Let Him strip you of all you hold dear.  And when you're left with nothing, you will see that He is all you need.

'We won't be fully satisfied when we get what we want.  Because God loves us and wants us to find our satisfaction in Him, He won't allow us to be satisfied.  To believe that we'll finally be happy when we get what we want is a lie.'
- Stephen Altrogge

When You Miss Someone

PC: Jon-Michael Gregoire
Sometimes, when you miss someone, you can’t really put into words how exactly you miss them.  
It’s more of just an ache.  
A dull pain.  
A gnawing soreness to be with them.  
It’s a desire to be held in their arms.  
A want to see their smile, hear their voice, smell their scent.  
You think back on the memories you’ve created with them.  Maybe some are filled with regrets on moments you didn’t take full advantage of, or something you wish you could’ve done differently.  But nevertheless, they themselves fill your mind constantly.  
You miss them.  
And to miss someone is just the way your heart reminds you that you love them.  And how much you love them.  
It’s honestly one of the worst feelings in the world.  And there’s no remedy for it.  All you can do is pray to God you get to be with that person again.  

“I don’t miss you and you alone.  I miss you and me together.”
- Pankaj