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Hearing God
1/15/2013 6:58:57 AM by: pam

I was asked these questions in my NJ Christian writers group: What, if anything, are you afraid of regarding your writing career? What role will faith play in overcoming that fear?

I'm always afraid I'm hearing God wrong. For instance, I'm working on a nonfiction book project for parents of special needs children. At least, I thought it was a BOOK project until this past weekend.

I'm part of a private writers group that meets once a year because we live scattered around the country. This year was our 10th anniversary. During the weekend, I realized God did call me to write to parents of special kids, but it wasn't necessarily a book project right now. I'm blogging and writing articles and that may be enough for the time being. How freeing this is!! I'm sure I'll end up finishing the book, but it will be at the right time.

Have I wasted everything I've done? The book is halfway written, after all. No, I don't think so. I can use stuff I've done for more blog posts and more articles. And I can add to it when I have new thoughts or experiences. At the perfect time, it will be a book.

So, how do I overcome the fear I'm hearing God wrong? First, I accept that I will do that sometimes. But God doesn't waste anything. 1 Cor. 15:58 says "Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort."

This helps me to keep going and keep trusting I'll get to where God wants me.

Second, I keep doing what I believe I’m being called to do. Again, the Bible verse above helps me to know I'm not wasting my time.

God gave me Anna. He also gave me the desire to help other parents who are struggling. I hope I'm doing that here, and I pray I'll be able to reach out to even more parents through articles or even speaking some time.

How can I help you today?


Comments

Dale From Abington, PA At 1/15/2013 6:42:38 PM

There are so many people that need to hear your thoughts, feelings and experiences, whether in book or blog form.

Johnese Burtram From Northern Virginia At 1/15/2013 10:00:50 AM

Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

pam From At 1/15/2013 9:30:37 AM

I'm delighted, Carolyn! God is good!!

Carolyn Ruch From Hatfield, PA At 1/15/2013 9:03:17 AM

How can you help me? You already did. I've been slugging away for two weeks now trying to create a presentation for a church who wants to learn about sexual abuse, feeling completely inadequate as I go. Thank you for reminding me that nothing I do for Him will go wasted. I am encouraged!

Julie From Gettysburg At 1/15/2013 7:21:02 AM

Wonderful message!

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