Glory To God
I spoke at a homeschool conference in May and shared some scripture verses about doing everything –
including writing – for the glory of God. After my session, I was down at the Great Waters Press booth selling my book and talking to some amazing young writers. One young lady came up to me. She said her name was Sarah, and she was really shy. I could tell she was almost scared to talk to me, but yet she wanted to talk to me so desperately. She told me that she didn’t have a network of people who helped her with her writing, and she really wanted to tell me about some of her ideas for books.
I tried to be as warm and welcoming as I could and help put this young lady at ease. Sarah started telling me about her idea, and I felt my heart sink. Sarah obviously had talent, but she was writing a ghost story. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t want to crush her hopes and dreams, but I knew that I couldn’t remain silent in this area. Sarah ﬁnished telling me her idea, but before I could say anything, she told me this:
God Opened Her Heart
“But, as I was listening to your talk and those Bible verses, I realized that my story doesn’t bring glory to God. So, I decided that I wasn’t going to work on that story any more, and instead, I have an idea for a girl who’s going to public school who has a really hard time, but in the end learns about God and ministers to kids in her school. What do you think?”
What did I think? I was ecstatic! The Word of God had pierced this young homeschooler’s heart. One day I hope this book will be on shelves in bookstores everywhere because it would have such a big appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike. While I could tell that it was hard for Sarah to lay down her ghost story, she was still excited for the future and what God has in store for her.
Encourage Truth for More Joy
In the end, I know that she will feel more fulﬁlled and joyful and be more in love with Christ than ever before because of her decision.
I hope this helps you and your children as you continue your homeschooling journey! Thank you so much for reading! I hope it was a blessing and encouragement to you all. I always enjoy sharing what God has been teaching me through my homeschooling and writing journey.
I would also like to give a big “Thank you!” to Leslie Nunnery for the opportunity to share with you all. I’ve been very blessed!
If you would like to know more about my writing journey, get more tips about encouraging your children to write, go through a blog post series on how to write a book, or purchase my book, “A Cry From Egypt,” please check out my website/blog at: www.acryfromegypt.com
You can also email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless you all! Happy homeschooling! :-)
Hope Auer is twenty years old and has been writing stories and plays actively since she was ten. She loved writing and telling stories from a very early age. When Hope was thirteen she started writing a short historical fiction book about ancient Egypt. When her family read it, they were impressed and encouraged her to pursue getting the book published. She took their encouragement seriously and continued to work on the book through her high school years. She is also currently working on three more books that will be sequels to her first book, making a four-book series entitled “The Promised Land Series.” The first book, “A Cry From Egypt,” is currently in the publication process.