Monday, June 7, 2010

Because God told me to...

Monday, June 7, 2010
Yesterday morning started out like a normal Sunday morning. I woke up early and brought my pillow and blanket to my chaise lounge and prepared myself for my morning nap. After all, it took a lot of energy to get out of bed and walk to the living room so I was exhausted!

I flipped the television on and began scanning through the guide, trying to find the best program to help me sleep. It just so happened that Joel Osteen was on the channel that came on when I turned the TV on. I’ve heard his name before. In fact I’ve seen it on books at the book store, but I didn’t realize he was a pastor. Not that that matters, I just didn’t know. I always thought he was a self-help guru of some sort.

Anyway, while I was scrolling through the guide, I was half-listening to a story he was telling about a woman who had always promised her mother that she would go to college and at the age of 80 something, she finally made good on her promise. His message was to get out there and do the things you keep saying you’re going to do. I listened as he said, “God wants you to get out there and write that book, blah blah blah,…..”. I didn’t hear anything past “write that book”.

Was this a sign? It wasn’t so much that he said God wanted me to, it was just that the first example out of his mouth was “write that book”. How odd. Could he be speaking to me? I’m sure he wasn’t, but his words did speak to me. I’ve had two WIPs just sitting around for months now. I think the last time I wrote was in November. What the heck?

I remembered the passion I had when I first started writing my book and wandered where that had gone and why I had allowed life to get in the way of that passion. I know this is something we’ve talked about in the past, that we should write every day, no matter what. But I haven’t, and I’m not saying that I will from now on.

I’m just saying that sometimes, it’s the little things that kick you in the butt and get you going. Sometimes, all it takes is a few simple words from a stranger to make you realize you need to get back to your passions. I had neglected mine long enough.

So, I skipped my morning nap, got out my laptop and spent pretty much the entire day writing and researching. I didn’t get much further in my story, but I did improve upon it quite a bit and also got some really great ideas for future chapters. Yea me! It felt great.

Thank you Joel Osteen. And thank You, God, for wanting me to write this book. I hope You’ll enjoy it.

Have you ever been inspired or encouraged by something small someone has said to you or something you heard in passing?

SIS Bren

P.S. Please scroll down and read Krys’ post from Saturday if you haven’t already. He has started a story and invites us all to join in. I like where it’s going so far and hope you’ll add in your two cents…


SIS Brandy said...

I have a very bad memory, so I can't remember anything in particular really. Small words of encouragement are always great to receive and mean a lot to me.

Little things that are said or that happen can also trigger big memories. Barb just brought me my 1st grade report card. I was looking over the grades and remembered something that stuck with me for a long time.

At the beginning of my first grade year, I was put in the high reading group. I was moved down to the intermediate group because I wasn't doing good enough. That really bothered me for a long time. I can remember thinking about it for years and always being scared I would be moved down again. I just saw on the report card that I had a B+ during that first grading period. All this time, I thought I had done absolutely horrible. I guess it was sort of a good thing, though. The memory of being "downgraded" always made me try harder.

Beth Ciotta said...

What an inspiring post! Twilight-Zone-like moments like that are always a thrill. You're right. Why had he chosen "write that book" as an example? He could have said so many other things. AND the fact that just hapened to tune in to a show you never watch. Very cool.

I'm thilled to know that you poured so much time and energy into your WIP and that it brought your joy. Aside from feeding a passion, it's an excellent way to challenge yourself, intellectualy and creatively. Go, Bren, go!

As for being encouraged by something someone has said, as it happens, I was encouraged by a comment you made to me on the phone yesterday. It reminded me of how many options I have as a writer. :)

SIS Beth

Sisters-in-Sync said...


A B+? I'm surprised you weren't kicked back into kindergarten! He He

You're right. Sometimes the fear of somehow failing is enough to keep us motivated. Funny how that small incident stuck with you and helped you to push yourself.

For what it's worth, you seem to have done just fine in reading. Anyone who can polish off a novel as quickly as you must be pretty good at reading!

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Moi? I said something encouraging? How nice of me. I'm glad I could help. Let me know if you need anymore encouraging comments...I have loads of them.

I was excited to have the time to sit down and really work on my WIP. I enjoyed the reasearch and was thrilled that I had the time to work on it for more than 1/2 hour. Hoping for more quality time this evening!

SIS Bren

Tori Lennox said...

Bren, that's so cool! Even though I was raised in a different type of church (not cultish or anything just very plain *g*) than what Joel Osteen has, I sometimes watch him on Sunday mornings. I'm always surprised when I actually get something out of it. LOL!

Krys said...


As my wife always says, there are no such thing as coincidences. Sometimes life gives you a gentle nudge. Just be glad it wasn't a kick in the ass!

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Thanks! No quality time today, but I'm hoping for tomorrow!

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


T.V. evangelists, for the most part, seem to always be in a lot of trouble, so I've never really taken the time to listen. I guess I just was in the right place at the right time.

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Yes, I much prefer a gentle nudge. If I want a kick in the ass, I'll come see you!

SIS Bren

Don in Texas said...

Now you can see why Osteen is so popular... he motivates people. Keep listening to him and I bet you will have more stories like this. He has a real gift!

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Don,

I think I will tune again, and I can't wait to get a better look at his books next time I'm in the book store.

Thanks for stopping by!

SIS Bren

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