|Posted on May 6, 2018 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! I’m wrapping up the first weekend of May 2018 and wondering where the time has gone.
As the year fades away, I’m more focused on the things I placed on both last and this year’s To-Do List. Writing the next book is still #1 on the list. This weekend, I made a major investment in accomplishing that goal by attending the #ScribesArise Writers Bootcamp held in in the suburbs of Chicago. During the gathering, the words “charismatic,” “prophetic,” and “burning words” were used, so it was not ordinary writer’s retreat. I left not only inspired, but also infused with the fire of he Holy Spirit to continue writing words that are on assignment. Like the prophets and scribes who produced the writings
While most academicians will work to churn out research articles this summer, I’m looking forward to pouring out my soul in spiritual writing. Just go to any bookstore (yes, they still exist) and you’ll find rows and rows of books from well-known authors like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and Joel Osteen, just to name a few. The categories have expanded over the years, and I’m still talking about all of the books that are supposed to be alongside the many authors and books that fall under “Christian Life” or “Spirituality.”
A sister must get to work. I’ve been writing, but now I’m writing with more intentionality.
My prayer is that I won’t take the words inside of me to the grave, but my prayer is that they will be released to heal, inspire, and restore. They'll be released to help people LOOK and LIVE!
May the words you have on assignment flow out onto pages, blogs, songs, prayers, and books in this season. May our names not be recorded in the card catalogue of all the books that went to the grave with authors who did not birth them during their lives.
|Posted on July 1, 2017 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
I’m working on my next book, which I am hoping to release by the end of 2017. Let me rephrase that, my next book that WILL be released by Christmas. I went to a familiar research site as I write and think out its reach: the book aisle.
Are you working to release a literary offering by year’s end? Here’s a short video that may help you figure out what genre your book may find it's home in.
Visit http://bit.ly/lelebook. Leave a comment below about your writing process!
|Posted on June 23, 2017 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Some days Facebook does more than waste time.
Recently in one of the groups I follow, the administrator encouraged members to brag about themselves. I don't do this well, although I sure some would say I do it all the time.
The prompt actually reminded me that I needed to update my bio on this site. As I updated the info, I was reminded of God's faithfulness. It's so easy to try and compare our lives and ministries against those we follow on social media. Yep, we can get caught up in their invitations and "mics" without recognizing God's work in your own lives.
While looking at someone else's accomplishments can inspire you to strive or run harder, please make sure it doesn't drive you insane. Don't allow yourself to forget the ways God has used you. Yes, even if you haven't had the "big" experiences. If you woke up that day and participated in it, it was a big experience. You showed up!
Although "we have this ministry," I am fully aware that my ministry and others who are "preaching paint off walls" and "wrecking pulpits" is quite different. We all have different preaching styles, voices, and anointings. There's more than enough people to be saved, healed, delivered, and set free!
So if you are worrying about why your ministry, business, or work doesn't look like someone else's, consider the work you are assigned to do is a unique one.
Consider how God moves in YOUR life.
Consider the people you have been called to serve.
Consider that not every organization, person, pulpit or podium is your assignment.
Consider that you are a peculiar person made in God's image!
Don't forget the story is still being written, and there's plenty good room for all of us!
|Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
People have often asked me about my writing process. I usually resist sharing because it's not a linear process that I can package in three of four steps. I write in what I call "chunks." For example, I am working on a sermon for May 31, and I have essentially sent 4 emails to myself with graphs that will compose the final manuscript. Before it is all said and done, I will have sent myself text messages and there will be handwritten notes on bags, napkins, and within my journal.
Essentially, I write when the spirit leads. While there are systematic approaches to writing used by various famous and not-so-famous writers, I believe a writer must choose what works best for them. There are times I have written an outline and followed it while writing, and then there are times when my "Lele Method" is employed and has yielded great results.
While the LM works for inspirational writing, it doesn't work so well for academic writing where the Spirit may be at work in a different way !
(Prayers for all college instructors who are now reading or have just read 20-25 pages of great conceptual ideas communicated in a stream of conscious flow.)
So here's what I wanted to tell you: Stop procrastinating just because you don't have an entire page of copy in you. So often writers are discouraged when they pull up that blank document and it seems like nothing will come. So here's three things to consider:
1) Just get started. I have started sermons, blog posts, and even academic papers by just writing one sentence or word. Yes, an entire document with ONE WORD. Eventually, the page would grow, but I had to begin with something.
2) Keep your prompt, text, or assignment with you at all times. Why? I make use of "free time" to reflect on the project at hand. Instead of standing in line at the grocery store being irritated, I stand there rehearsing the words of the prophet or the psalmist. Before I walk to the car, I have received revelation. Thus, the notes on napkins or bags.
3) Give yourself time and space. Good writing doesn't just happen. Sentences have to be constructed and then deconstructed. Good writers cut, paste, and delete. Note, we cut and paste our own work and not that of others.
In the middle of working on another project, God led me to stop and write this chunk of info. I pray it is helpful to you. Oh, and don't forget to use SPELL CHECK and get an editor! Here's today's unedited contribution to the world!
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As always, continue to #looknlive!