At our monthly prayer team meeting tonight, we will sing the song at this link http://bit.ly/1VcXlhr One of the prayer team leaders, sent the link on Saturday, when I was struggling, again, with trusting God that I could actually do all the things successful authors “have” to do today.
I had gotten up early, enjoyed a leisurely extra cup of coffee, pondering God and His ways and looking out the window at my little collection of plants on the porch and at the beautiful tree just beyond my porch. I had a long to do list – work on revising my keywords for both blogs, search the web for more information about publishing electronically, read and make notes on the three library books I have checked out on blogging and publishing. . . and on and on.
All I really wanted to do was write, all day long, like I did years ago, after Sharon grew up and before I returned to school. But the folks who have successfully published multiple ebooks and who are making a profit by telling us all how to do the same, keep saying the same thing: writers cannot just write anymore. They have to work on their own publicity — use Facebook, Twitter, do public speaking engagements, use special marketing techniques to “drive” readers to your website, and on and on and on.
I doggedly worked on some of all that for three hours Saturday and then went for a short walk. I was then so tired, in mind and body, that I accidentally napped for four hours and woke up just in time to watch the news. Oh well, I thought. I tried.
Later that night, just before I went to bed early so I could get up Sunday morning to pray before services, I saw the email with the link to that song. Trust finally broke through the fog.
Forgive me, Lord, for letting worry, and self effort, steal much of our joy together on this Saturday, the day You and I have together to write and think and just be together. Lord, I will keep trying to do some of the things people are saying are necessary for a writer in today’s world. But I am mainly going to just write, because I know that is my true calling from You. I feel Your touch on my heart when we write. Thank You for that!
I am going to trust You to make my feeble efforts at publicity work because I simply do not have time to do a lot of that and be with my grandsons and also do the writing itself. Even if only a few people ever read what You and I write together, I will have fulfilled the call You put on my life, so I will be very, very joyful about that.
Thank You once again, dear dear Father, for Your guidance and for showing me over so many years that I can trust You. If this plan is wrong, then please show me. But, regardless, Lord, thank You for this gift You have given. Empower me to use it totally for Your Kingdom and for Your glory. I love You so much!