Keep Sowing; Don’t Give Up
by Jody Armstrong
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”
(Galatians 6:7-9, NIV).
Years ago, God inspired me to write a novel demonstrating his goodness. I didn’t realize his calling would require studying the craft, attending critique groups and conferences, endless editing, queries, and rejections. Many days I felt insufficient and wanted to give up.
But God doesn’t instruct us to quit but to sow from our gifts and thereby please the Spirit. In the Bible, sowing serves as a metaphor for our actions.
A writer’s call to sow creativity can tire the mind and soul. Weariness affects my productivity. Interaction with the Holy Spirit and other Christian writers through Word Weavers provides inspiration and encouragement to combat fatigue.
I spend the first hour of my day alone with God. I listen for his voice and write the words he gives me. After many years of toiling, frustration, and joy, my novel nears completion. God promises we’ll reap a harvest if we don’t give up.
In Matthew 19:29, Jesus promises to reward our obedience through trials with abundant blessings. Perseverance leads us to the destination God has planned for us.
Join me in praying for the Holy Spirit’s power and wisdom to pen the words God gives you. Don’t give up. Run the race and reap your harvest.
Father, I praise you for your promises. Give me your power, wisdom, and resources to fight weariness. Help me write your messages to inspire my readers. When discouragement comes, prompt me to seek inspiration from your word, devotionals, and my Christian friends. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Jody Armstrong is a Christian writer and blogger. Her website, jodyarmstrong.org, is dedicated to encouraging individuals by illuminating God’s love through Scripture and devotionals. Her premiere novel, Denial of the Enemy, is in the editing stages. She is happiest writing, computer in lap, sitting between her husband Sam and her sweet Doberman Pinscher, Emma, sipping on a cup of tea.