Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Work Needed

My writers critique group was tonight. This was my month to present. I decided that I wanted them to critique two of the devotions I plan to use in my next devotional book. I felt the concept for it was good because, well, God gave it to me! And just like the book that is currently being edited by my publisher, it was one I wasn't sure I wanted to write. But the Holy Spirit is **SO** persistent! Anywho.....

So I put my work in the hands of these wonderful ladies and prepared to listen to their comments and suggestions. And boy there were a lot of them! They confirmed that the concept is brilliant. Can we get a little clap praise for the Lord? He's never wrong by the way :)

But then came.....the places where it needed work. Whoa Nelly! It needs work! Now don't get me wrong. I did not come away feeling like the work was crappy. I came away with some wonderful ideas for how to improve and enhance it. I came away with ideas that will make it marketable to more women than I originally thought. I was already passionate about it, but now, NOW I am ready to get rocking, rolling and writing. My heart is on fire anew for this work. And I can't wait for y'all to read it! And you will, as soon as I finish writing it and selling it ;)

So let me throw this little bit out to you. This was only possible because I was willing to be teachable. I was willing to accept some criticism. I was open to suggestion. Being closed to pride was my goal. Because of this attitude, the book will be better. In fact, I believe the book will be great!

We need to be that way with God because, frankly, we could all wear a "work needed" sign. Sometimes He's telling us we need to change. Or we need to do something. Or stop doing something. We need to be teachable and open to a little "holy criticism". We need to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering to us. We need to be closed to pride. And because of that attitude, we will be better. We will be blessed.

Get blessed today!


Leebird said...

I'm in a writer's critique group too...will miss being in one with you though! Love you teachable friend!

Ty said...

A teachable spirit is really important to the writing process. My critique partners have definitely helped me grow as writer. I really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading your devotional in the future.

Wendy said...

Oh how timely is this. I am submitting to our critique group next Monday!!(first time for this group and I wasn't even going to join...how did I get picked to go first!!) Thanks Mari, I plan on keeping these words close to my heart this week and next.

Danielle said...

Oh, you have so got me interested in what you new book is going to be about. I can't wait to see.

How do you find a critique group? Did you start it?