Water with Encouragement

I am rewriting my novel – again. This time I benefit from the instruction of a professional editor and there is not one page without red and blue markings. Sigh.

But if I want to improve as a writer than I need to accept instruction and help offered by those more experienced than myself. There are times when I have to trust my editor’s judgement as a professional over my unprofessional preferences.

About six hours in I scrolled down to her next comment. I expected to read detailed instructions on how the next paragraph needed to be reworked. Instead I found praise for “a beautiful analogy” and this comment:

“You are doing so many things well in this novel. Just some weaving in and bolstering of some aspects to bring it to a cohesive whole. But be encouraged, because much of this novel touches the heart.” 

Wow. Like water on a thirsty plant.

Such a small thing for her to do, to take an extra minute to write those words. It changed everything for me. No longer overwhelmed, fresh motivation surged through my veins. The obvious pleasure I took in her words caused me to think all day, and all evening, about the importance of encouragement.

That’s when I stumbled across a bible study by John Edmiston. He asks:

What practical applications can you find for each of the Bible verses below?

(1 Thessalonians 3:2 NIV) We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,

(1 Thessalonians 4:18 NIV) Therefore encourage each other with these words.

(1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

(Philemon 1:7 NIV) Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.

(Hebrews 3:13 NIV) But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

(Hebrews 10:25 NIV) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. {29} Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. {30} For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

(Galatians 6:2 NIV) Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

Challenging indeed! Send/post your practical applications so we can learn from one another!

My editor encouraged me with her words and reaffirmed my gifting from God. Now I need to do it for someone else.

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