Monday, December 15, 2014

Write, Write, Write by Jo Wanmer

"Write, write, write."

These prophetic words were spoken over me by Isobel Allum, a Canadian speaker, who visited our church about a month ago. She didn't know anything about me. The message continued...
"For there is a lot of treasure in you, many things people won't know. Things will disappear if you don't write them, for others will forget them. They are very, very important, for God is going to use you to show the journey of many. You're going to help people."

Ready for another day.
I believe this is an important word for all Australian authors. Australia is in a transition period spiritually. It is an exciting time for God is bringing forth a new thing. The prophets have spoken about it. Events in the churches have been heralding change, often not comfortable . And things are changing in the world of Christian writing, even in the short time I've been involved.

Transition is always difficult. The only person who's happy about transition is the midwife. She is excited because she knows the birth is close, new life is imminent. Holy Spirit is hovering over our nation, excitedly awaiting for the birth of a new thing. Like an baby it is still undefinable, as its not yet seen, but it is coming.

So write, Aussie writers. Write your books, your blogs, your posts...and write in your journals, your diaries. Write the change. Now you may not notice it  in the moment, but when you look back you will see it.

Jesus came into the world, born into controversy and danger, his very life entrusted to a young maiden and a young man who listened to God. That event changed world history. How do we know? It is recorded, written by two gospel authors. 

Steve writes and writes.
One day these words will
be in print, I hope.
Our faith is based on the ten commandments. How do we know them? Moses was a prolific writer. God instructed him to write down what happened. 

Apostle John, exiled to Patmos was told to record what he saw and sent it to the churches and so to this day we ponder his Revelation.

Today, we have an incredible opportunity to record the new thing in journals, blogs, posts and books, even fiction books. Some of us will like what is happening. Many will oppose it. The debate and differences will refine and define the move.

Write, write, write. God has called you for this time.

Jo Wanmer dug out her mother's dusty old diaries when researching 'Though the Bud be Bruised.' They were an invaluable help. The book was published in 2012, twelve years after the author of these records had passed away. Jo should have a web page, but until then you can follow her on Face Book.


9 comments:

  1. Great post Jo. It really resonated with me. I've kept a detailed Quiet Time journal for years that includes answers to prayer, words of knowledge, things God's taught me etc. I dug them all out recently and could find every volume bar one from about 1994. God told me they were a gold mine. I'll certainly never run out of devotional material. Just need to make regular time to go through them and write them up. Thanks for the encouragement Jo. xx

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    1. You sound much more organised than me - though I'm sure I could find them all from the 80s. Problem is the gaps when I didn't write. :(

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  2. What an awesome prophetic word, Jo. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm sure we all need at all times, especially living in a culture that seems to value decisive, action oriented activities (such as sport and business) over reflective, hidden, slower activities (such as writing).

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    1. I agree Paula. And exercise and devotion both are better done in the early morning. They are always fighting for supremacy in my life!

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  3. Loved your post Jo. Thank you. I have been asking God to renew my writing fervour which has become a trifle jaded during a very difficult year. So your post was exactly what I needed. Bless you.

    What a wonderful word of prophecy over your life too. Loved it. I also liked how you pointed out something obvious but often forgotten - that we would not have known even what happened in biblical times had not faithful writers written them down.

    Made me realise what a precious calling we have. So yes, I will write, write, write. Thanks for the encouragement!

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    1. Never, never, never give up, Anusha. It is through the difficulties that the diamonds emerge - bringing great writing.

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  4. So glad you received such an encouraging prophetic word for you personally, Jo--and I'm very happy to be included in the wider application of it as well! My book 'Soul Friend' was made possible mainly because of things I had recorded in my journals after visiting my friend Joy, yet when I wrote them there I had no thought at all of ever using them in a book. God is amazing!

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    1. And what a treasure the book is! I first starting writing in the era of Though The Bud Be Bruised. Most of those writings are in the book. Some are obvious, others are included in the dialogue and no one knows I penned them over twenty years ago

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