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Writing By Dawn’s Early Light | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Writing By Dawn’s Early Light

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A candle is lit, Pandora is playing praise music, and the lights are out. 

Is it a date with my husband? No….it’s a date with God I’ve been making every early morning the past week. I pray.  God listens. I listen.  God answers. I write. 

Before dawn’s early light, I can’t get distracted. Because it’s dark, I can’t look around the room and think of all the things I’ve not done on my to do list. My Pandora Praise station responds to what I need like Bumblebee does in Transformers. Whatever I need to hear, it plays. 

What am I doing this for and why? 

Last fall, I met Cheryl Mochau, author of He Knew I Would Tell. God told her to write a book. She asked Him how she was supposed to fit writing a book into her schedule. The next morning, she woke an hour early, realized He was providing her time to write, and she began. 

Last month, I felt God’s urging me to write a book. It was to be a book of encouragement, telling how we can overcome adversity and turn it to good. 

Yes, I’ve written blogs and magazine columns for 10 years. My 5 year personal plan includes writing a book, after my kids go to college. 

We shared coffee last week, and I asked Cheryl how she published her book.  I told her my concern was time and maybe I should ask God to show me when. 

“He might answer you,” she jokingly cautioned. 

“If He wakes me up tomorrow morning, I’ll post on your Facebook wall so you know,” I answered. 

The next morning I woke at 3 a.m. I prayed for an hour, asking God to show me what to do. By 4 a.m., I knew I had to write. Out came the candle and music.  As I listened, the words flowed. Every morning since then, I’ve awakened early – before my alarm – and written. 

Genesis 50:20 inspires me. Whatever our challenge we face, God can use it for good to help others.  

I write because I’m happy. I write because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. 

The tentative book title? 

He Uses It For Good 

(Thanks to Mystfren Designs for providing the candle graphic. Mystfren provides digital graphics and designs for web, print, and t-shirts.)

4 Responses to “Writing By Dawn’s Early Light”

  1. Jessica Journey February 21, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Hi, Mary! I have a similar story – already writing other things – fundraising pieces, grants, blogs, etc. Now, feel called to write a book, and I’ve only drafted a couple chapters. I keep on putting it off! Thanks for posting – real encouragement to me!

  2. Mary Biever February 21, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Thanks, Jessica. Good luck on your adventure!

  3. Pat Alexander February 21, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Mary, very inspiring. Already a busy Mom, Wife, Business Woman, Community Leader and Mentor as I see it. I continue to be amazed by what we humans can accomplish if we let ourselves. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the book.

  4. Victoria Flaherty February 21, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    How very inspiring! Good luck on your journey. I’ll be praying for you!


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