IMG_4008Recently, I spent three days at a national writer's conference. If my prayers had been answered the way I wanted, right now I'd have an agent, a publisher, and a sweet book contract with a five-figure advance!

I know, dream on!

So this week, the prayer I wrote is for me. If it speaks to you too, so much the better. But today, I just want—no, I NEED—to tell my Papa that any talent I have is a gift from Him, and I'm giving it back for Him to use as He sees fit.


Prayer of Gratitude and Consecration


Father of Lights,

Giver of all good gifts,

I thank You for the gifts You've given me.

The unique blend

Of talents and abilities,

Interests and passions,

That combined, make me

My own unique self.


Sometimes, Lord,

I have mixed feelings

About the role You've given me—

One moment overjoyed

At the challenge before me,

The next, petrified,

Certain that I will never accomplish

My mission.


Help me always to remember

That just as the mission came from You,

So, too, will come

The grace,

The strength,

The ability,

To run the course,

The race You have set for me.


Help me to recall

That in success or failure,

Fame or obscurity,

Praise or criticism,

It is not my aim to please those around me,

But to glorify You.


And to this purpose

I will exercise all the abilities I have,

With all the strength I have,

For all the days I have—

Walking through each door You open,

Until the moment You open the door

That leads

Into Your presence

And I hear You say,

"Well done."


As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.

Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.

When she isn't writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).

Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing to be a catapult, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.

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