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An online devotional for writers
Each year you must celebrate three festivals in my honor. (Exodus 23:14, NLT)
In Bible times, God commanded the Jewish people to celebrate three festivals in His honor: the Festival of Unleavened Bread (Passover), the Festival of Harvest (Pentecost), and the Festival of Shelters (Booths).
God gave specific and detailed instructions about carrying out the celebrations … particularly as to when they were to be placed on the calendar each year. Honoring God included listening to His plans for scheduling. The dates changed each year.
Passover, for instance, was to be celebrated in early spring, during the first month of the Jewish year (Deuteronomy 16:1). The Festival of Harvest was to be scheduled 7 weeks after the grain was first gathered (Deuteronomy (16:9). And the Festival of Shelters was to be celebrated exactly 7 days after the end of the harvest season after the grain had been threshed and the grapes had been pressed (Deuteronomy 16:13).
These instructions meant that God’s people needed to keep a close eye on their harvest to schedule their festivals in accordance with God’s wishes. Purposeful planning kept God at the front and center of their minds throughout the days and weeks and months as they worked.
Those of us who write and publish regularly can apply the same principle to creating our content calendar. God-honoring content is not a slapdash, hit-or-miss affair. Nor is it pumped out in a rigid, assembly-line fashion. It requires purposeful planning, with both an eye to the schedule and a listening ear to God as you work.
By flexing with the Holy Spirit, you offer living content … and a steady, reliable source of information for your readers. That’s something to celebrate.
A purposeful content calendar honors God.
I want to honor you. Help me listen to your direction as I plan my content calendar. Let me write and publish consistently as you direct.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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