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Sunday Inspiration: How a Writing Workshop Inspired my Spiritual Growth

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How a Writing Workshop Inspired my Spiritual Growth

Committing to Grow Personally and Spiritually Each Day

by J.M. Troppello

I participated in a writing workshop about how to write content that will truly resonate with readers. I learned some great tips from the facilitators on how to become more vulnerable in my writing. They shared that to truly engage with readers, you need to be honest in what you write.

Readers can sniff out fake writing.

After the workshop ended, I reviewed the detailed notes I took and filed them in my writing tips folder to review them again at a later date. The workshop truly inspired me to continue in my journey of growing as a writer.

Growing as a Christian

During the workshop, I thought about how far I’ve come in my writing journey since the days when I wrote poems and short stories in my bedroom as a high school junior.

I really thought I was a good writer back them. I used to write in notebooks a lot and also used my word processor, and then eventually I started using a laptop—as technology advanced.

Thinking about my growth as a writer brought to mind how it’s so much more important for me to grow as an individual and a Christian than as a writer. Growing as a writer is important, but my spiritual growth is even more vital.

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Col. 1:9-12, NKJV)

The verse that truly resonates with me from this passage in Colossians chapter 1, is verse 10. I want to walk worthy of the Lord and completely please Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

However, I fail many times with being fruitful in every good work. I don’t always work to increase in the knowledge of God.

That’s when I’m so grateful for God’s grace that is new each morning.

Verse 11 of this passage in Colossians shows that I can be strengthened with might by God’s glorious power. I can’t have patience and longsuffering with joy all on my own. It’s all by the power of the Holy Spirit working in me.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13, NKJV)

Knowing that growing daily in the Lord is powered by His strength, gives me comfort. It gives me hope. That empowers me to continue to grow my relationship with the Lord.


About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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