Yesterday is gone. Today came with new opportunities. Here I am, decided to grab my God-given talent opportunity to practice my writing and get closer to write more of what He has told me to write. Knowing I do have joy and peace when I write, and when I am writing, my desire is more than anything to give Him all the glory.
First of all, I believe it is a miracle from God that I am able to write another language than Norwegian. I believe it started where I as a child got the passion to speak English when we had family visiting from America every summer. Where I later in my teens started to develop interest for writing poems and songs and singing along to popular songs. Then in my late twenties I had a growing interest for Country Music after I heard a wonderful voice from a country artist sing for the first time at Norwegian TV. Which inspired me in the 80s to get interested in country music where I started to read all I could read about country music artists, fan club letters, country music magazines, and books from inside the country music business in America.
But I was very close to “kill” the natural given joy God had given me for reading, speaking and communicate in English, by joining a class in the evenings for to become better in English. The teacher whom was very good teaching British English did not like that I had my heart in American English, and when I could not and would not speak the British English he wanted me to speak, he started to tell me that I would never be able to write, read or communicate in English. This took all the joy out of me. It hurt my feelings and I started to believe he was right. I went home and was not able to read books and magazines that had given me so much joy, I felt sick every time I saw any of those magazines or books, and I therefore put them all away out of my sight for to have peace. Not before a few months later when I decided that I would not listen to this anymore, and I woke up and said out loud that I am not letting those negative words kill my joy for English – and I stopped going to the class, not before then did I see a positive change. Three months after I stopped going to the class, I started getting the joy to read, write and communicate in English back. Praise the LORD.
This shows me how dangerous it can be to listen to people that is speaking negative words over us.
It may take all the joy and peace out of you that the LORD has given you, where you are not able to develop the interest and skills on what only is possible for you to do through Him, and succeed.
By the grace of God, I am so thankful it is possible for me to write, to have joy and peace while I work on my writing, and that I can work every day on what I love to do for His glory, which is to write.