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Writing Tips

Writing Tip – Our Heartbeat as We Write

by Katy Kauffman

God’s heartbeat is heard throughout Scripture. Have you heard it before?

  • “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV*)
  • “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  • “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

God’s heart is full of love and help towards us. He is faithful to be there for us, strengthen us, and give us His peace. His heart is full of “with”—He wants to be with us and us with Him. He named His Son in honor of His heartbeat—Immanuel, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23)—and gave His Son so that we can be with Him forever (John 3:16).

The heartbeat of good writer is also “with,” motivated by love and empowered by wisdom. When we write about life’s principles or pen stories that reflect the ups and downs of life, we can come alongside the reader as a friend and share what God has laid on our hearts. We care about our readers, we want them to know God and the treasures of life with Him, and we want to help them with the challenges they’re facing. We can draw from our understanding of Scripture and our experiences with God. God’s love and wisdom can flow through us and spill onto the page.

How strong is your heartbeat of “with”? Don’t let anything hinder it. Not the work it takes to write a book (and edit it)—our readers need the messages God gives us. Not the time it takes to build a platform—our readers need to know these messages are available. Nor the challenges of finding just the right publishers and publications—God can direct us to the right places at just the right time.

The heartbeat of a good writer is “for” and not “against.” It beats with compassion and strength, an echo of our great God’s heartbeat for all people. Staying close to God sets the rhythm of our hearts and prepares us to make a difference in His name. With each page written, it says:

  • I care about you.
  • Go to God for help.
  • Do the good you know to do.
  • This is how God has been there for me.
  • Be strong and courageous.
  • Trust God—He’s trustworthy.

What do you think the heartbeat of a good writer would say? Tell us in the comments below, and let’s write with compassion and strength.

*All Scripture verses are taken from the NKJV.

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