by Elizabeth Musser
In my other life, as a pastoral caregiver to missionaries, I had began an on the internet Skype study with a smaller group of girls from our mission working with the Companion Guide to Sharon Garlough Brown’s novel, Sensible Footwear. Despite the fact that I did not know Sharon personally, given that we have been each novelists, I got up my courage and asked her if she would be prepared to meet with my girls for our final Skype contact. Sharon mentioned, “Yes, I’d be delighted to do that.”
I was quickly drawn to Sharon’s depth of character, evident in her writing and life. I had appreciated the introduction into spiritual path in the book and enjoyed practicing some of the recommended spiritual disciplines.
Sharon and I corresponded a bit more than the subsequent months and, at some point, Sharon asked me if there was a prayer group for novelists that she could join—she was new to the entire fiction writing planet, possessing been a pastor and spiritual director prior to she started writing novels.
I believed this was a terrific notion, but didn’t know of any such group that existed solely for authors to pray collectively. As Sharon and I talked, we each felt a stirring in our spirits that this was one thing inspired by our Lord.
So, I started to ask the Lord to direct me to a handful of girls who would be interested in a month-to-month Skype prayer group. For the reason that I had lived overseas for thirty years, I didn’t have typical make contact with with a lot of other Christian writers. But as I prayed, the Lord brought to thoughts fantastic authors whom I’d had the privilege of meeting in individual throughout my occasional time back in the States.
I believed of Deb Raney who, back in 2006, had provided to be my roommate at a writers’ conference exactly where I knew hardly anybody. (Tiny did I know that Deb was 1 of the principal organizers of the conference!) Robin Grant, whom I had met at a book signing earlier, also attended that conference.
A year later, in 2007, I had attended a writers’ retreat and met, amongst a lot of other individuals, Susan Meissner.
Quickly forward a handful of years, and I had the privilege and honor of performing a book tour in Germany with Lynn Austin.
I knew every single of these girls loved Jesus and wanted their writing to reflect Him, but I had no notion if they currently belonged to a writers’ prayer group. When I proposed an on the internet month-to-month prayer contact to these 4 gals, I was blessed by their enthusiastic responses of “Yes! I’m honored to be invited,” and “I enjoy the notion and do not know of something like this!” Counting Sharon and myself, that created six novelists, which seemed like just the suitable size.
We talked about our vision—having a prayer group more than skype with the purpose getting to encourage every single other in our spiritual stroll and pray for every single other and our stories. We didn’t want this group to be about writing approaches or marketing and advertising or publishers or deadlines. This would be a protected location for our souls.
We’ve been meeting for 3 years now. We’ve walked every single other by way of a lot of traumas in our individual lives such as the death of parents, our husbands’ job modifications, illnesses, our children’s and grandchildren’s challenges and successes.
And of course, we’ve shared about our writing journeys, encouraging every single other to persevere by way of rejection and disappointment and the crazy demands of social media and self-publishing. We’ve applauded manuscripts completed in time, awards won, and new contracts signed. We’ve laughed at some of our missteps throughout signing and speaking tours and rejoiced at the enjoy and help our dear readers give us.
The writing life is a roller-coaster ride. What a privilege to have a smaller group of sisters in Christ with whom we can be genuine about our fears, jealousies, hardships, successes, and joys.
Our principal need is to support every single other maintain our gaze fixed on Jesus in the midst of all the twists and turns in our individual stories and the stories we place in our books. It is a delight to watch the Lord answer these prayers and to celebrate collectively.
Do you have a protected location for your soul inside the writing neighborhood?
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Elizabeth Musser writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. For more than thirty years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in missions operate with One particular Collective, formerly International Teams. The Mussers have two sons, a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Locate additional about Elizabeth’s novels at www.elizabethmusser.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her weblog.