“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV Bible
The temperature outside is frigid. I would love to sit all bundled up under a blanket reading but today is a writing day. I’m making progress on my bible study but the tempo is slow.
A quote from Isak Dinesen:
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.”
Autumn on the beach
“You are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13
Some secrets are worth sharing. I’ve been keeping one relatively quiet until recently. No reason. The only possible one is I’ve been a hermit and therefore, have not seen anyone. I’ve been writing a bible study. I’ve written several but I’ve never done a study for publication. This time is different.
I’ve taught bible study at church for almost 20 years. This fall, I decided not to teach and focus on writing. Research came first and I did most of it during the spring and summer. Unknowingly, my Sunday school class was the beneficiary of some of my research and study. But my words and the actual writing and formatting started in September.
My pastor has been mentoring and encouraging me. He says of my endless draft tweaking, ” you have to let it go at some point and trust God.” I keep going in and out of writer’s block, writer’s frustration, writer’s depression, writer’s procrastination, and writer’s envy. Of the last one, I kept seeing my thoughts on other writers’ pages or my ideas being implemented by another. Pastor Steve says, “God uses many people with similar messages to get His purpose across.” I’m believing that to be the case.
I made up a writing schedule complete with target dates. Pie in the sky. I didn’t hit my targets but the beauty of it is that I’m the one who set the schedule and I’m totally flexible to continue pushing at the current pace. I’m hopeful for a January date but I’ve got to complete the draft. The process and journey with God is far more important than an end date.
Spare writing moments with a busy family are a challenge. Uninterrupted time a luxury. That has been my greatest challenge. I’ve been so thankful for my daughter to keep this blog afloat by writing a post here and there as well as cook meals to give me more time. I’ll do my best to have a post or 2 each week but I’m not promising. This season of my life is full and not all the juggled balls can stay up in the air. I’m going out on a limb and asking you to be patient with the possibility of meaningless blog posts on the horizon in order to keep the site afloat.
I also ask for prayer for this study’s fruition. I believe that God led me to this particular topic and has a purpose for it. As the study continues to unfold, I’ll share more details.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV Bible