Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Psalms For Mom: Re-Writing

"God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes." Psalm 18:24 (Msg)

I just finished a pretty extensive re-write for my third novel that took me most of August. While I knew it was necessary, I didn't relish the rewriting process. I rather wanted to avoid it, wishing the editing fairy would make an appearance.

Today's Psalm tells us that God is doing that work in our lives. He's editing, streamlining, shaping... into the best possible story He can tell. He's the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)-- which means He won't stop til He has the best possible product.

But that doesn't mean the process is easy. Editing is hard and awkward and sometimes painful. Editing is unpleasant. I haven't met an author yet who has told me he or she loves the editing process. But I also haven't met one yet who has told me they could turn in a stellar product without that process.

Today I want to submit to the process, to open the book of my heart to Him and let Him start trimming away, adding and deleting as He sees fit. One thing I love about this verse is that God doesn't just muscle His way in. He waits for us to open ourselves up to Him-- to say, "Here. I've made a mess of this. Will You make something beautiful?" We have to want Him to rewrite our lives.

Are you ready to open the book of your heart to Him?
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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your words, it touched my heart deeply.


Sarah Elizabeth said...

Opening up is hard to do at times for a perfectionist person like me, but I always feel Him prodding me gently. He just wants me to ask Him to come into my heart and 'edit' all that needs trimming away, I know. Thank you for your words and letting His words ring true through you today, Marybeth!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

What a lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing these words. I could use a little editing myself!