I've shared on this blog for nearly a year how I struggle and delight in God's call on my life as His writer. Writing was something I've just had to do; not that anyone would ever read my prose; I had to write. Most of my writing has been stowed away in journals. I've paid much money and traveled hundreds of miles to study writing in workshops, online courses, and college courses. Sadly, only some techniques were applicable to the call of God in my life to write. I know when I read a writer who has connected with God because their very words life me. I don't want to release my writing unless my words are alive in Christ.
Actually I used most of these teachings from those conferences and classes to improve my speaking skills. Talking, anywhere, is easy for me. Writing is my challenge. Last Saturday I drove a couple of hours to a workshop led by Theresa Harvard Johnson. I was underwhelmed because of my past writing workshop experiences, and I had a packed schedule. But I sensed God was calling me to this program on the coldest Saturday of the winter. I got lost finding the site and I was not a happy camper.
Oh, how I have thanked God for disturbing my comfort that chilly morning. Within minutes of the beginning of the workshop Theresa opened up the Bible to show us God's ways of moving into the creative gifts of His called ones. Each one of us attendees had most distinctive calls and target audiences, but she showed us in the Bible how to be in alignment with God and receive His anointing to empower us.
For the rest of this week I will share her profound teaching on getting the main thing in alignment: Knowing what God is calling us to write and receiving His anointing and Spiritual empowerment to do His work as Holy Spirit leads us. If you're here and never want to write; hold on, there is great life truth for everyone from this great anointed teacher.
I hope you will visit her website and read for yourself her great teachings. I feel I must encourage you to be open to her. For many years God has called me into Quaker groups, mainline Protestant churches, Catholic groups, Non-denominational churches and Pentecostal churches. I have been blessed to participate in many Aftrican American church groups from mainline denominations to Pentecostal Holiness groups. I am comfortable in all these groups and the language each uses is not a hindrance to me seeing Jesus in them. But I see many folks who have stayed in one place among people just like themselves to be judgmental on terms and titles that are unfamiliar to their own religious group. This is my caution to you: dare to open up beyond your little world. If terms are not familiar to you; hold on, and see what is going on in a different group when Jesus Christ is lifted up. To me, Jesus is the main thing and I listen and look to what He is to everyone and every group.
Theresa began our class telling us how God opened up Matthew 13:52 to her a few years ago. She said, " I was so intrigued by my writing ministry that the Lord led me to print out, and study through hundreds of scriptures that involved the ministry of the biblical scribe. I was so blown away by what I found. In Matthew 13:52 Jesus brought the scriptures concerning Ezra to life for me. He said: 'Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.' "
Theresa told us that we all are called to write. I realized how I need to write my life story and how God has woven His love and power in my life. My descendants need to have this available to them. I began to process how much I wish I had the written testimony and life story of my ancestors. Oh, to read of God's influence in the lives of my great-great-great grandmothers and grandfathers. Along with my other writing assignments I am planning on writing who Jesus is to me for those that will come after me.
Tomorrow we will explore further how Theresa has been a powerful change-agent in my life.
Perhaps you can visit her at:
http://voicesofchrist.org/ http://voicesofchrist.org/ http://www.theresaharvardjohnson.com/
Thank You, Lord, for encouraging me to sit under the teaching of Your faithful "Real" teacher, Theresa Johnson.