It’s the Dog Daze of Summer, y’all, and I’m delighted to welcome a fellow author from Write Integrity Press, Elizabeth Noyes. Her book, Imperfect Wings, is one of the special reads this month to help get you through these Dog Daze!
Writing – An Exercise in Faith
I was an early reader and fell in love with books. My favorite stories back then included Nancy Drew, The Black Stallion, Trixie Belden, and (believe it or not) anything Zane Grey. I tried my hand at writing at a very young age. I wrote little stories while in grammar school, and graduated to skits, plays, short stories, and even some very bad poetry in high school.
But then, life came along. I grew up and fell in love, got married, moved a number of times, sometimes to places on the other side of the world. I got a job, had children, and never gave writing another thought … until one day I noticed how quiet my home had grown. College had lured my kids away, leaving me with a void in my life.
Two things happened around this time. First, I read a book by a favorite author and was so disappointed, that I’ve never read another thing by him. You see, it felt like he’d run up against a deadline and – wham! – just threw the ending together. He broke faith with his readers.
I decided then and there I could do at least as well as his failed effort, and maybe even better. So began my first manuscript. (Which will likely remain unpublished.)
The second thing that occurred was a deepening desire to know more about God’s Word. I grew up in a Christian home, could recite lots of scriptures, had a basic understanding of the gospel, and believed in my salvation. But a single question kept revolving in my mind: Why do you believe what you believe?
I was compelled to find answers for myself and so began to not just read the Bible, but to study it. I joined Bible classes, talked with mature Christians I trusted, prayed a lot, and began to journal. These ramblings became what I call My Life Lessons. The more I studied, the more I wrote, and the better I got. Or so I thought. It wasn’t until I stepped out of my own way and let God work through me that I discovered my joy. I learned that what I have to say is meaningless, but what God has to share is priceless.
Oh, I still sit down with an outline, but I have to smile at how little what spills out resembles what I planned. I’ve learned to trust that God will use me as a conduit and compose exactly what He wants.
My pastor recently made a profound statement summing up this crazy writing journey of mine. He said, “Our desire to do great things is never greater than God’s power to accomplish those things.”
About the Author:
Elizabeth Noyes is the author of The Imperfect Series, full-length, nail-biting stories that touch on hot topics in today’s culture, but with a realistic human perspective. Books 1 and 2, Imperfect Wings and Imperfect Trust, are available on Amazon.com and other book retailers. Book 3, Imperfect Bonds is due for release in early August 2016.