Christine Duncan

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How To Write Through Your Worst Days

Three ways that will help you blog or write through the hardest days...

Did you know that your worst days can be your fuel?

Did you know that your worst days can actually be the tool that gives up the most authentic results?

If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I write about some of the hardest parts of the day-to-day, and today is no exception.

But if you hear anything today, hear this;

Even on our worst days, God the Father has the overwhelming ability to minister and restore… a taking-back, a lifting out, a full-on redeeming of your immediate circumstance.

How do I know this?

Last week for me was all over the map, emotionally, and mentally.

And I had just joined a community of writers called 500 Words who were dedicating to write at least 500 words a day no matter what, and to allow for much grace if we missed the target.

And I thought perfect!!!

People. My 500 words were not publishable on many of my first days.

Is publishable a word?

Doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that’s how much my dysthymic brain misbehaved. Low moody swings, exhaustion, zero focus.

Every word was such a victory fought hard for.

And the whole process was a lesson in writing on my worst days, and eventually that sunk in. In a good way. So I have to share that with you, ’cause that’s what friends do.

Now maybe you don’t write. Do you journal? Create art? Work full-time? Parent full-time? Minister full-time?

Same deal. You can adapt the following into to-dos even on your worst days.

Here’s what I learned we need to do.

Write Out the Truth.

Don’t give us the gory details, but don’t be afraid to write out the truth about how you’re feeling, the battle you’re facing, or what you’ve been forced to learn  about yourself, about your calling, or about your Heavenly Father during this trial.

Write in such a way that someone else being overwhelmed will understand that they really aren't alone. Click To Tweet

Write in such a way that you actually work out your own need to abide fully in Him, and that as you write, He writes on your heart His promises. That He is as close as the mention of His name.

Write out the truth. The Truth. That He is close to the broken-hearted.

Write Out All the Scripture.

Sometimes our own words just won’t come. Getting the first sentence feels like this major fight.

So don’t. Maybe we need less fighting and more resting on the worst days. This is where we need those first words to be His words instead.

All His words from the Word. The verses that are your immediate lifeline. The verses that make you weep with relief. The verses that speak grace over all the ugly. The scriptures that shine bright enough to banish your worst shadows.

Put them on your blog.

Put them in big letters around your house.

Tuck them into your wallet, your diaper bag, your bathroom mirror.

Write them, and as you do, God will be faithful to hedge you in with them. Surrounding you with the hope you’re craving. Fuelling the narrow path through.

You write them, and He’ll sing them over you, drowning out all the desperate and exhausting.

Write Out The Prayer You Need Most

I don’t know how many times I’ve done this on the blog, but writing out the prayer my desperate heart has on repeat has sometimes started the best heartfelt conversations, spiralled into other prayers, has instigated going-to-church-kinds of worship.

Write out the prayer you long to lift the most, and you lift your eyes to the throne room and off your situation long enough to let God into the midst.

No longer a pity party for one, blog or write your prayer and see how He begins to inject His presence into the darkest, murkiest corners of wherever you are.

How To Write Through Your Worst Days

In the writing is a tangible grasping. In the writing is a tangible opening up. And as you write, your desire for Him and only Him is carved into all the things you’ll carry with you going forward.

And as you write out the prayer you need most, you create a conscious opportunity for Him to reply.

I lift up my eyes to the hills… where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you– the LORD is your shade at your right hand;  the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life;  the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Psalm 121

And He is not a God who just spouts words back.

He will act upon them.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

So the next time you have to write through your worst days, and feel like there isn’t anything worth writing, or don’t know how you’ll dig down for anything worthy of the written word, remember these three things.

You can invite the Life Preserver into your words and write the truth, you can fortify yourself and the process with scripture, and you can always just write out those honest, weary, seeking prayers.

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What are some other ways you have used to keep writing on your worst days? Leave me your answer below, I’d love to hear.


Linking up with all the goodness at two different times today! You can join us right now over at the #RaRaLInkUp with Kelly Balarie or you can join us at 5pm EST at the #TellHisStory linkup  with the lovely Jennifer Dukes Lee, as well!
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  1. Great post Christine, very up lifting !

  2. Okay. I’m concerned. You got into my head again.
    Since you’re apparently already HERE, I’m just going to say thank you, Christine, for writing at your rawest again. You are a blessing.

    • Christine Duncan

      January 18, 2016 at 9:01 PM

      Aw, love you stopping by, Bethany. You made me smile huge, and I’m humbled all the same. God will be faithful to pour Himself into your situations and into your posts, and He will honor our willingness to let Him in even in the hard stuff!

  3. Such great insights and tips. I’m right there with you. I’ve discovered that my “bad day” writings, are sometimes my most relatable and most helpful posts. I’m learning–slowly but surly–to press through my doubts and share my heart with others. People connect best to other imperfect people. It’s not an easy lesson, but it’s a good one.

    Thank you for the extra tips too. I will be referring back to these when I get stuck, and have those hard writing days. Wishing you a blessed week, as you press forward with your 500 words a day!

    • Christine Duncan

      January 19, 2016 at 8:42 AM

      Hey, Jed, wow, thanks so much for your kind words! We imperfect people have so much to offer, our honesty in those moments can always become the most tender ministry I think. Have a great Tuesday, friend, and make every word count! 🙂

  4. So glad to see you at #TellHisStory because I was just thinking TODAY, “I need to visit Christine Duncan’s blog. Miss that girl.” And when I saw your picture, it was invitation enough for me.

    I wanted to jump up and down for what you said about writing down scripture and writing back a prayer. So many days, when I don’t have a prayer in me, nor a positive thought, nor a creative idea in my head, just writing down scripture sparks something in me. Hope. Encouragement. Faith. Thank you for your words today.

    • Christine Duncan

      January 19, 2016 at 6:38 PM

      Aw, you sweet lady, you! Your words make me smile, Betsy. Thank you. Writing down scripture and prayers really makes me conscious of how the Bible is “alive”, a living thing to permeate our lives, and it reacts to our obedience to submerge ourselves in His goodness. I firmly believe that. It’s been on my worst days that His Word pierces through all the stuff like a laser! lol
      Grateful for you, friend! xxoo

  5. Thank you, thank you! Words I seem to have needed, even if I did not know it! Glad you are my neighbor at Jen’s.

  6. Christine, Thank you for writing such an edifying post.

    I especially liked when you said, “Write in such a way that you actually work out your own need to abide fully in Him, and that as you write, He writes on your heart His promises. ”

    I LOVED this!

    I am leaving your blog today encouraged and blessed. 🙂

  7. Such outstanding encouraging to get unstuck. It’s amazing how taking our eyes off of ourselves and focusing on Him can cause such a perspective shift. And this…”Write in such a way that you actually work out your own need to abide fully in Him, and that as you write, He writes on your heart His promises.” LOVE!! Thanks for sharing what He showed you.

  8. Great and encouraging post! Blessings Christine!

  9. Amen, amen, and amen! Sometimes it’s scary ~ being real and all. But that’s precisely where people meet us. That’s where they’re encouraged that they’re not alone. That’s where hope glimmers from “that little light of mine”. He’s faithful. Love your transparency, Christine. Amen.

  10. Thank you! I had the thought very strongly last summer that I should start keeping a prayer journal. Then we had some medical issues in my family and I was overwhelmed with just keeping up. Your post reminded me that I still need to do that. I’m going to start tonight! There IS something powerful in writing down our most needful prayers. This is a lovely post!

    • Christine Duncan

      February 4, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      Amy, so cool to connect with you today, thanks!
      I think it’s the act of pouring out my heart to God, on paper, that makes my prayer life suddenly more deliberate, don’t you find? I had fallen out of this routine myself, and wow the difference it made when I started again.
      Your kind words made me smile today, thanks again!!!

  11. Wow, I really needed this today, thank you. I am so glad I clicked on your link. I am going to work on writing through my worst days. I am new to blogging and writing beyond a journal entry here and there that is private. I never really considered that my worst days writing could be beneficial not only to myself but to others.

    • Christine Duncan

      February 4, 2016 at 4:03 PM

      Great to have you stop by the blog, Chauntel! It may not be easy as you start off with writing during all the hard things, but as you do, you create another opportunity to grow or heal or really make a difference where we don’t usually think we can. Cheering you on!!!

  12. The 500 word challenge sounds interesting. Where did you find out about that? I think it is great to write about out challenges. Like you said, it lets others know that they aren’t alone. Love your post!

    • Christine Duncan

      February 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM

      I heard about 500 Words through Jeff Goins page on FB, and over at his blog… there is a link where I highlighted the group in blue right in the post, if you click there it’ll take you right to the sign up page. Or you can google Jeff Goins/500 Words and links should appear. You get daily prompts/tips in your inbox and a closed FB group for accountability and encouragement… it’s pretty darn awesome.
      So glad you stopped by, Cat! Appreciate it!

      • Christine, I just signed up! I am so excited about the free writing! I don’t think I will share any of it any time soon but I think It will be fun. Sorry I didn’t see the link in your post earlier, I didn’t have my glasses on when I was reading and I didn’t notice the color difference. So, thank you for pointing that out.

        • Christine Duncan

          February 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

          Awesome! Love it! I think you’ll really enjoy it… several times I’ve posted to the group that I needed a boost or kick in the rear to get writing for my daily quota, and the group was so gracious and cheered me on or gave me suggestions to keep me motivated. Glad we connected today 🙂

  13. I believe that people who read your blog want to know your true self. They are not interested in an image of who you think you should be but rather the reality of who you really are. We do not have to completely align, for example I am not Christian, but we do have to respect.

  14. I have to admit that I don’t often write for my blog on the worst days, Christine. But when I do, those seem to be among the posts that speak to people the most. (Fancy that, right?) I admire how you persevered through those hard early days of 500 words … this post is wonderful fruit from that! You’ve encouraged me to be more disciplined about writing when I don’t feel like it … thank you for that!

    • Christine Duncan

      February 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

      I’m still working on doing better at this… even if I don’t hit publish, lol. But I know I’m not alone in using writing to get through the hard things. What I love especially is this great group of bloggers, like yourself, so encouraging, always cheering one another on! Grateful for you, Lois! So much! Have a wonderful day, my friend!

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