What Makes Writing About Faith So Difficult

The posts about my religion have always been the easiest for me to write. They typically spill out when I need to get something off my chest or feel strongly about the words I have to say. When I decided that I wanted to create a product to accompany my blog, the decision of what that should be was instantaneous: a devotional.

It was triggered when I read a post that put it into perspective for me. If I had a month to talk to someone about something, what would that something be? If I had just a week, what would it be? If I had a day? It wouldn’t be style or life hacks. It would be faith. Those are the words I’m passionate about and what I truly want to be heard.
It amazed me how easily the idea of a devotional came, and how confident I was in that decision. I had very little doubt that it was what I should write. And the ideas started flowing from there: how long it would be, the theme, the title even. It all came so easily.
Until I got to the words. I’ve never had a hard time coming up with words to say about the Lord. Even in this post, the words are flowing. But writing a devotional? Something that has the intention of drawing others closer to the Lord? Cue ALL the doubt.
Doubt overwhelmed me. Not regarding whether or not I was capable of writing this, but doubt in my ability to convey the words the Lord wants me to. Doubt in my worthiness to write it in the first place. 
When I think of Christian authors, I always make the assumption that they’ve got everything together. That they are Godly, that they are examples we should look up to, that they are Christ-like. But me? I’m a mess. I can be mean, I can be judgmental, I can say things I regret. I can be bossy, I can be selfish. What gave me the right to tell others how to live this life? Who am I to think I can do this? When people read it, will they expect me to behave a certain way? What if I let them down? What happens when I let them down?
I’m not writing this to tell you how I overcame that feeling because I haven’t. I battle it every time I sit down to work. I’m not writing this to ask for your affirmation. I’m telling you that we will never feel adequate for the plan the Lord has for us because we aren’t. Where we fall short, that’s where he has room to work.
My plan? I’ve just got to trust that he’s going to use this devotional in spite of me. I get to write it, and then it’s in his hands to use.
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  • Kate

    I appreciate your openness in this post, and honestly, I think I’d prefer to read from someone who doesn’t have it all together. Goodness knows, I don’t have it all together. You are just as worthy to write, I am just as worthy to read. Can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  • Tiffani Denham

    Oh Emily, I know your feelings all so well! I am a Christian Lifestyle Blogger and I write Daily Devotionals called Breakfast Bites Monday- Thursday on my blog. The number one thing that soothes me when I am feeling this way is the confidence in knowing that God gave me this desire to write for Him, so He is going to give me the word to write and how it needs to be presented. Have confidence that this gift was given to you by God so He’s not going to mess up something that’s already His.

    You are so right, you are not worthy to write, not in your own power and strength you aren’t, but I promise you, I am a witness that He will give you everything you need when it’s time to write. And when you aren’t hearing anything, that means you don’t write anything, and that’s ok.

    I am so excited about what God is doing through you and how your devotionals will bless so many people you never thought you would be able to touch! Thanks for your honestly and transparency. God Bless You!

  • I love what you said here, and I think that we will read and get so much out of your devotional because of all the things you said, not in spite of them. We are all human, and if you were too perfect no one would be able to relate! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and journey, I’m excited for what you’re working on here!!

  • Wow really great post here! I can definitely relate when I write about spiritual topics but, it is so important for the world to hear your views! 🙂

  • The devotional sounds like a great idea, good luck with it! 🙂 I know the struggle of feeling not good enough too. God didn’t call us to be perfect though, just to love Him. Hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend and making lots of progress with your devotional 🙂

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  • Kimi

    Emily I totally relate to what you’re saying. Why are we so afraid that people will think we’re not good enough? UGH. I think a devotional sounds like a great idea, and by the way, thanks so much for stopping by The Mom Shopping Network, I really appreciate it! Your site is awesome, keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Girl, I feel you! I’m working on a book and I struggle with the same doubt. Thank you for being vulnerable!

  • A great post Emily. I find myself writing down my pastors words in church because the way he narrates on stage really helps when I often loose track of my own thoughts.

    Here are a few words from my notes:

    ‘Even if you’re going through hard times God is strengthening you to come through the other side. He makes something useful out of something useless. The number one rule is not to grumble. Do, cry out to God, be persistent and believing. Pray continually. Keep the connection with heaven open. As we seek God he brings us blessings and brings you into a place of success and fulfilment. He wants to be a blessing to you and other people, and to transform community’

    I think that no matter how tough things are, keep the faith and the words and inspiration will come to you. God speaks to us and moves the soul from within, it comes with time, persistence and having a firm faith.

    Laura x x