Three weeks from tomorrow we’ll push “send” on the manuscript! We’re heading down to the finish line, or to put it on the level that I more realistically relate to—we’re heading to “push” stage with this baby! I thought I’d take a breather from working on the book to share with you a few lessons I’ve learned along the way ~
- Having God Initiate the Process Makes All the Difference!
Writing a book requires intense concentration, a willingness to be vulnerable, devoting lots of time, sacrificing play dates (and even special events sometimes), daily discipline, and . . . much faith. If I didn’t know that God had called us to this, I would never attempt it. When I get discouraged or fearful, all I have to do is to think back to how He initiated the process (click here for that story). It didn’t start with me sending in a book proposal, or hiring an agent, or getting a friend to send in a suggestion—and I’m not saying there’s anything necessarily wrong with those avenues—but for me, it has been so freeing to know this is God’s mission. This is His assignment because He initiated it. And when He initiates something, you know He’ll supply the grace needed to accomplish it!
- He Really Does Provide All the Grace that’s Needed
When I look at my schedule on paper, it overwhelms me. But when I start my day (before sunrise) and spend those first hours of the morning with my Savior, He settles me with peace and assures me that He’s got this! I haven’t had any melt-downs. Haven’t reached panic mode (not yet, at least). But instead, I’ve seen Him come through repeatedly by supplying the grace needed for the tasks on my plate. He never ceases to amaze me!
- Loving Support From Friends Matters A LOT
We have a precious church family that is encouraging, supportive, and praying for us, as we work. One precious friend makes dinner for us one night a week—every week—to free me from one meal’s workload. Several friends are reading the manuscript, providing helpful input, and sending kind messages as they read. Those who are involved in this kingdom work share in all that God will do through this book. If you are one of those, we’re deeply grateful!
- Stepping Into the Mystery Still Amazes Me
When I first started writing for other people (not just recording in my personal journal), way back before I was a blogger, way before blogging was around, when I simply scratched out short devotions for our church body, I was amazed by the spiritual process of connecting with God as I wrote. Prayer, worship, and writing, are intricately tied together. When I write, I seek Him about what is on His heart for me to communicate to the readers. He turns my mind toward Scriptures that need to be included, or places quotes in my mind that would fit, or pours insights into my heart that I hadn’t understood before. Writing for others becomes a refining work of God in my own heart and it always leads me to a state of worship.
- Writing With my CO-Author is the Best!
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. I’ve heard horror stories about co-authoring a book. And it was a little scary to enter into that kind of intense collaboration with the love of my life. I sure didn’t want “writing a book together on marriage” to put a strain on our marriage! I didn’t know what to expect. But I was totally blown away. God is so good. It has been so much fun to collaborate, discuss, plan, remember, laugh, and intensely pray for those who will read what we’re writing. It has been sheer joy.
To sum it all up, just this:
[box]“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)[/box]
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