We love it when our readers leave a comment on the devotional because we know if we are meeting your needs.
I asked our devotional writers to share what it means when someone leaves a comment for them on the devotional they have written and here is what they shared with me.
I know for me when I hear that something I wrote out of my own hurt and pain touches someone else–it makes my pain more tolerable. It’s what keeps me writing!
Laura Seil Ruszczyk
I have been writing most of my life. I write when I am joyful, I write when I am sorrowful. I often say writing feeds my soul and it is highly personal at times. My devotionals are a part of me, they flow out of me and I always feel a sense of peace when they are complete. I so enjoy when readers comment on my writings, whether they have experienced something similar or have a different insight to share. We are a community of people supporting one another and the feedback is inspiring in many ways.
I highly value comments on my devotionals from people that help me to see new perspectives. Their comments also open up their lives and allow me to be able to share their joys and sorrows. What a privilege to pray for them from their sharing. This brings me into God’s community, when I’m housebound and unable to experience community out in the “real world.” I soooo enjoy hearing from others on my devotionals. Many of these people have become dear friends, including one who I will meet in person next week. Our friendship will move from written word, prayers, and cyber hugs to spoken words, praying together, and proper squishy hugs.
For me, I have to write. I cannot not write! I have several decades of journals written as a busy Pastor’s wife, raising kids in parsonages all the while being sick. My devotionals flow right out of my pen, often during my prayers. It is sometimes scary putting words “out there” that tells of my pain and my personal walk with God. But it is such a blessing when someone writes and lets me know that I have blessed them in some way.
Diane Stack Kalata
Writing devotionals has been a new and amazing way that God has allowed me to grow. When I write it is about something he has shown me and taught me that I pray will be helpful to others. So when some comments it brings me joy and confirms to me that I’m doing what God has asked and it is Him working in someone’s life with words He has given me to share.
Rev. Charles Wells
When I write, i can actually experience a small taste of what the writers of Scripture went through when inspired by the Holy Spirit.. I am no writer by any means but when God inspires and afterwards I read it, it even ministers to my heart. I am so blessed to be able to share my experiences with others for the glory of God!
I can only write when God inspires and every devotional comes out of what I have lived and are God’s insights to me. To be able to pass some encouragement along is a joy. To hear that it has made it to even one heart, via comments being posted, is all the more encouragement to keep writing. In fact, in the midst of a new challenging moment, I often sense some seeds that later become a writing.
We all seem to have one thread in common. Our writing must flow out from the holy Spirit. We all seem to have been spoken to, or ministered to by what we write.
Thank you for taking the time to comment on the devotionals
As you can see the writers love to hear from you. And more than that it opens up a new conversation among you, our readers. Our writers are kind of like a speaker at a retreat where they get to stand and share some thoughts about what God is teaching them. And then they say, “turn and say hello to a new friend and grab a cup of coffee.” This is where the fellowship among us truly blossoms and you become part of our family–not just someone outside looking in through the window.
We hope to hear from you soon! There is no comment that is too short, to silly, or to whiny. We are hear to encourage you, hear your stories, and lift you up in prayer.