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Ask, Seek, Knock
It can be hard and sometimes so easy to write. With that being said I wanted to dive into why sometimes we can’t write fast enough and most times we feel like we have nothing to say.
So on one of my many commutes to work (which is when I have the best conversations with God) I asked Him why and He gave me the answer. Ask, Seek, Knock Quinika. Once I got to my destination, I quickly looked up…
Matthew 7 7:11 (MSG) “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So, don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
The NIV version puts it in a great way also stating in verses 7 and 8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Just like that it hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized that every time I write it should be a date with Holy Spirit. It should be a time where I put all other things aside. Writing is a gift and it is something that you have to constantly nurture. When we feel like we’re stuck we must be missing a step. We should start our writing process out with asking God what He wants to speak through us. That’s the main goal right?? To write what He wants others to hear. We are a vessel being used by Him to give His sons and daughters a word. Below I broke down the words Ask, Seek, and Knock with my word dictionary (thanks daddy).
ASKING AND SEEKING
It takes ASKING God to use you to speak to others, asking God what topic He wants to speak on, asking God is this the right timing. In order to ask you have to first be humble. When you humbly ask you understand that it is not you speaking but your Father speaking through you. That why we write as Christian women, to bring the credit and honor back to God who gave us the words to speak.
To ask is to seek after or for
To seek out
To SEEK means to search without ceasing.
Seek without ceasing! We should never stop seeking God. Its the most important thing we do. It’s where we find our answers. Most times we get frustrated when we don't get the answer right away or if the answer is not what we want to hear. But don't stop seeking until He answers. That’s how the NLT version of Matthew 7:7 puts it. It say’s Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. Don't stop and if you get the answer and it’s not what you wanted to hear keep seeking for the reason why. So many times when I write the topics that the Lord gives me I feel like are personal and I want to keep those areas to myself but in those times I have to seek out why He wants me to share and I keep on writing. You know what happens 100% of the time someone messages me saying that they needed to hear that and it helped them so much. Seek and then do.
When you don’t stop asking and seeking, I promise you your going to find the right door but even once you get there your work will not be done. Once you get to the door (answer) you will have to put in some action which is knocking. Now this isn’t just knocking a few times and if someone doesn’t come to the door you leave kind of knocking. This kind of knocking is the kind of knocking that you do when you know that someone is in the house. This knocking does not stop until someone opens. And it’s not a quiet, light knocking. It’s a sharp, vigorous, not ceasing type of knock. Keep on going don’t you give up on your desires and dreams. I truly believe that God wants to see us not give up when He’s shown us the promise. It shows that we truly trust Him no matter what we may see right now. Keep asking, Keep seeking and Keep knocking because His promises are yes and amen.
o Notes App easy to find on your phone
o Dictionary/Thesaurus App
o Recorder App
o Word Study Dictionary
o Notebook always close
o Nice comfy pen/pencil
o Writing bag
o Idea Board
o Index cards
o Grammarly (installed on computer) / Reverso Grammar Checker
Pray first, clear your mind and invite Holy Spirit to write through you.
Throw fear out the window. If your writing for others, you’ve missed it. We write with the one in mind, from there you will always win.
It’s okay to have “a moment” when you don’t write. Just remember to always seek out what God is wanting to speak through you.
Don’t be afraid to be transparent. Your readers will appreciate it.
Have your special place that helps you focus and helps you be able to think clearly while writing.
Try to have everything you need when you sit down to write.
Keep an idea journal at all times
Use your index card or sticky notes to write down ideas
Have quite time to just talk/pray for direction
Take time to just live (inspiration comes in those moments)
Don’t stay on the surface of a topic, do research.
It takes a village (have a writing community to keep you inspired)
Don’t give up
My Favorite Things Right Now
My Favorite Books right now: On writing well and writing to learn by William Zinsser