Mariane Doktor, servant and writer

A journey in creativity and faith

Category: Guest posts

A Letter from God

I’m honored to present a guest post  by Brooke Lynn, author of Raised by Strangers.

 

I want to share this meaningful letter with you that I received in my spirit in September of 2012, from God, our loving Father.  I was steadfast in prayer and begging for my heart’s desire which was to publish my first book. I prayed and believed God with every fiber of my being that He would one day allow me to share my story with the world, using my pain to glorify Him. This was His response to me:

God reminded me of my first trip to the beach at the age of nine. This trip was traveled with my two female caretakers who abused me. Listen to the words of comfort and peace spoken to my heart by our compassionate and faithful God. ~ If you pray, God will answer!  We just have to listen, be still and sometimes wait~

“The ocean is your peace, so sweet and so surreal; you wonder if it’s a dream but realize it’s all for real.

You watch and hear the seagulls flying low for you to see, it’s at this time and in this beauty you view creation; see it is Me!

In California, you set your feet upon the sand and felt the water.  You weren’t paying attention to me but I was holding onto you, my daughter.

Remember at that time you felt such a sense of peace.  And now comes another time when you can breathe, relax and release.

Your memories are painful and hard to understand.  At times I carried you, and at others I held your hand.

When you asked Me to reveal myself and questioned my reality; I surely didn’t disappoint you after all the things I let you see.

You never gave up hope or any of your faith.  You just kept believing and praying, calling on my name.

And here I am right now, standing next to you; embracing you ever tightly, so faithful, real and true.

Let us join together in a relationship of delight. I will never leave you, morning, noon or night.

The prayers you pray I answer, your words rock My Throne. The prayers you pray I answer and I will give you bread and not a stone.

Do not question if you are crazy; it is Me you feel and hear. I am very close, so familiar, and holding onto you my dear.

And what is it you ask and want of me; to publish your book and work in ministry?

To help others is your desire and to glorify me in all you do, I will say yes to you sweet child, and work side by side with you.

Keep your focus on me and let’s grow doing this as a team. I have yet more to offer you, more than you can imagine think or dream.

And you ask Me today to clearly give you a sign. Will your book be published?  Yes, and with only God’s great design.

You will have the book and many others too, but stay focused on the simple, My love and relationship with you.

You will keep growing and more revelation will come. And sometimes it won’t be the end even when you think you are done.

If you want a best seller and to reach many for my glory,

Keep praying to reveal Jesus with your life’s story.

My love, power, peace, strength, and the Holy Spirit will anoint you and see you through.

Draw Close To Me, And I Will Draw Close To You!

Love,

Jesus

 

And my dear friends I am forever thankful to God for His word.God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”  (Numbers 23:19)

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On the move, time to get moving! Guest post by Annmarie Miles

 

I’m honored to present a guest post from the Irish writer, Annmarie Miles, who’s soon moving to Wales.

 

Amo niceI’m too busy. Way way way too busy for this. I don’t have time for writer’s block. Truth be told, I don’t believe in writer’s block. So why are both my blogs wilting like the last stick of celery on the shelf? It’s not even as though I don’t have anything to say. I’m bursting with ideas, both fiction and non-fiction; yet I remain uninspired. I’m writing long enough to know that you don’t wait for the inspiration; you sit down and do the work. Get going – the inspiration usually follows.

I’m struggling, even to write this. I am struggling to say what I really want to say.

Since I made the announcement recently that I’m relocating from Ireland to the UK, I have been surrounded by the voices. I was sure I had kicked the voices in to touch. It’s a while since I’ve had the ‘you’re no good at this’ demon on my shoulder. I am confident that I’m better than I was, and not as good as I could be. So that knowledge has rid me of such negative voices. However, the cousin of ‘you’re no good at this’ has appeared. His mantra is, ‘when you go, everyone will forget you, and when you get there, no one will notice.’ Boy-oh-boy is he loud. He’s a shouter and a roarer. He’s a laugher and a mocker, and he’s good at his job.

In this age of technology I could be anywhere and it would make little difference to what I say on Twitter and Facebook. It’s just that I feel unsettled as a writer, and being unsettled makes me doubt myself.

When I know who I am, where I am and what I’m doing – all is well with the world and I carry on. In transition though, all I want to do is write about transition. Even though I have to keep writing about the subject to get past it, I get bored with it and worry that my readers will too. So I do nothing; I stare at a page, desperately hoping that something else to write comes along. An opportunity like this to write a guest post; and what do I write about…? Transition.

arrgghhh Heaven help me.

Now… there’s a thought…

Every so often I need to remind myself that those of us taking the journey with God are in transition. We’re all moving. The stops we make in the meantime (let’s use me as an example – my few years in Wales, then back to Ireland, then back to Wales again), they are just stations and junctions on the journey home. I believe that my ultimate home is in heaven with Jesus, so I’m actually in transition all the time. I just don’t notice it when I’m feeling all safe and settled.

What I long for is that feeling of peace and safety, even though I’m on the move. It’s time for me to get back to work, to write what needs to be written; enjoying the view as I travel.

 

Annmarie Miles is from Dublin in Ireland. She is married to Richard from Wales in the UK. They live in Co. Kildare, but are currently packing away all their books, gadgets and musical instruments, for a move back to Richard’s homeland.
Her first collection of short stories ‘The Long & The Short of it’ was published in November 2013; a self-publishing project using the services of Emu Ink.  Annmarie is currently working on a second collection of short stories as well as a couple of novel ideas.
In March 2014 www.annmariemiles.com/blog was launched – where Annmarie posts short stories, guest posts and her thoughts on the writing process. If you’re looking for her, you’ll find her on Twitter @amowriting. She is also on Facebook.