Writer's Path

Who I Am

...is because of who He is.
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. I Cor. 15:10 NIV

A 1979 appointment with Jesus Christ turned my, Jennifer Hamilton's, life upside down and completely around. It resulted in something worth talking about, something that I believe resonates throughout my writing.

I'll never forget that afternoon. And though I knew beyond any doubt I'd met with the living God, it wasn't until a month or so later, when a Christian couple had taken me into Scripture, into a particular passage in the Gospel of John, that I finally understood. "Oh, my gosh!" I said, jabbing my index finger into the page. "That's what happened to me! I've been 'born again'!" I couldn't believe what I was reading.

That was the first of thirty-two years' worth of opening my Bible to meet again and again with the living God. The Bible, I was finding out, was changing me from the inside out. Scripture was addressing so many of the questions I'd been wrestling with: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What happens when I die? Do my choices really make any difference to anyone else or in the great scheme of things?

So far, my writing has taken the forms of Bible studies and devotionals, because I love showing people how to get the most out of their study in the Bible, to personalize and begin practicing its truths and be changed by it. I love being a witness to the faithfulness of God's promises. I'm living proof that God means what He says, that He keeps His word.

Since my brothers death in 2008, I've been muddling through his memoir, which (I'm rolling my eyes and shaking my head), will take the rest of my life to write, I'm sure. In between the muddles, I've been a lot more focused on a nonfiction book about marriage and motherhood. More specifically--I'm chuckling--my near disastrous blunders. You gotta laugh. I mean... besides, I've lived long enough now to know that God has it all covered. (Could someone please tell that to my kids?)

But it wasn't until Tuesday nights with Inspire Christian Writers in...was it 2005?...I started getting flagged (in the best kind of way, mind you) for my in-depth critiques. I thought everyone was putting in eight hours of editing into each writer's work. What? No? Silly me. But the time goes by so fast.

One night, my husband prompted me to ask the group how I could get started in professional editing, "If they think you're such a great editor, shouldn't you be getting paid?" Good question, I thought. But to be honest, I was mortified. Who was I to be asking such a question. But because it was my husband, I drove to the meeting with every intent of asking. And I prayed all forty-some miles to the meeting. At the end of our meeting, we all got to talking about a certain editing company, and out of someone's mouth came: "Speaking of which, why aren't you editing professionally, Jennifer?" Wow! I never even had to bring it up. But the truth is, I find my comfortable place in editing, helping other writers to be the best and most honest writers they can be. But the path to this place hasn't been a simple one. You can read about it in Where I've Been.

Jennifer's publications include:

Ten Words Ten Words for Loving Relationships: A 10-week study on the 10 Commandments, co-authored, and published by Sonrise Church




Garden in My Prison A Garden in My Prison: A 15-week study on the Book of Philippians, co-authored, and published by Sonrise Church




Dayspring Several Concepts for Dayspring Cards




Daring Faith A 42 Day Devotional




Quiet Hour Various Devotionals for Cook Communications




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