Writing Seasons

Eccl 3 1 Spring


A Note for Writers...

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

There is a time to write, a time to pause, a time to plot, a time to rest, a time to do something, a time to do nothing. There is a time for family, a time to take care of health, a time to take a breather, a time to smell the roses (they don't have fragrance, really).

In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby said that if we don't know what to do, we need to wait until we hear from God. IMHO sometimes we're waiting at the bus stop, so don't get on the first bus that pulls up, but get on the right bus and not to miss the right bus. So, waiting for God's timing is just as important as doing something. Both, if done in God's perfect will, yield much fruit. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

In the times when I'm not sure what I need to do, I go straight to God's Word and spend time in His Word. "Lord, speak, for Your servant is listening." And listen. What is God's instruction? I waited for years. And have at least one devotional written as a result of all those years of waiting for the right time. 

Now is my season (I think) because I have so many books to write that I barely have enough time to get everything done. But I still have to balance family & health & writing & publishing & marketing. But if I freak out (I have!) then I will just blank out and not know what to do. Having a 5-year plan that's prayed-over totally helps. I just work the plan, and not worry about earthquakes and disasters. They come, but God has overcome the world in Christ. In the end, may God's perfect will prevail and may His Name be glorified.

Press on!

In Christ,
Jan

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