His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Lifting me out of this pit



This writing gig gets me all confused and stressed out. To self-publish my book, or chase after a traditional publisher? To try to lure an agent, or not? Should I even bother trying to publish? How to attract followers to this blog? How to increase page hits? Should I even bother trying to attract followers, or instead focus on a simpler motive for writing blog posts?

Today is a typical morning for me; my mind is a jumble of random thoughts and questions, all in search of a purpose and direction. And in the middle of this mess is my selfish beast, wanting it all MY way.

Some mornings I get bogged down in the muck of my own self-centeredness. But today I was lifted out of this muddy pit and set down on the higher ground of solid humility. Of course, the Holy Spirit within me did the lifting.

Now, the stress and confusion are gone. My only desire is to be hands and feet for God.

Dear Lord, dear Spirit who shares this body of mine, I am yours. These hands are yours, resting on this keyboard. This mind is yours. My heart and soul are yours. Why? Because of love. I love you so much dear Spirit of Jesus. You’ve given me life. You’ve given me purpose. You’ve given me love beyond understanding. Please help me to not waste your gift of love. You came for me… I’m here for you.



Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

3 thoughts on “Lifting me out of this pit

  1. forgive me, why to you write? who are you writing for? have you thought that you are writing for YOU and the Lord/Holy Spirit is leading? Did you start writing to become a writer or a more focused-connected spiritual being living a deeper faith?
    When my Christian Song got taken to market, the voice got pushed to the back,

    I like reading your blog, I understand the conundrum. Rest, breath, remember where it began.
    Remember, still is still moving, the river never stops and is in all places at all times.
    God Bless you CJ,
    choose your battles wisely.


  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I feel this way so often. Praise God He brings us back to Himself!

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  3. I’m so sorry for your stress I hope God makes things clearer. I’m glad I don’t see my blog as a thing intended on growth. Do like it when I see its been viewed, I wonder what the people who view it think. But I would keep writing it even if nobody ever visited, because its a place for me to store my thoughts on God with clarity and clearness. I intended it to be an expression of my faith. I think having it clear to myself what its for helps me love it regardless. And what we love, we water and tend with care. I hope your writing ceases to cause you stress and may it be a God-filled time for you. God Bless.


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