I know many of you pray for my writing and Bible study ministry. I humbly appreciate that. I want God to be at the center of all I do and I know I cannot do it myself. Like a salmon swimming upstream, I feel like the currents I’m swimming against recently have been stronger but they are making me stronger too, and by God’s help, I’m prevailing.
While I’m still limited in what I can do after my eye surgery, I have the mixed blessing of having a cleared calendar over the summer. I still need to stay inside much of the time because my eyes are still dilated. That means I have more time to devote to writing which is good because I have three major projects I’d like to work on this summer. Will you pencil my name in your prayer journal to pray for me over the summer for these three writing projects?
1. The Lookout, the magazine I have frequently written for over the last twenty years, releases its theme list for the 2017 year next week. As soon as that theme list arrives in their inbox, writers jump into action to compose query letters about articles they would like to write for the weekly themes, vying for one of three or four article spots per issue. Pray that God guide my thinking as I choose and prepare queries to send in the next month.
2. I’m so excited! I’m working on a Bible study on the Psalms for our women’s Bible study groups next fall. I hope this will turn into a bible study book that will fit into the “Becoming God’s Person” bible study series I’ve proposed to several publishing houses. Again—guidance from the Lord. I want to represent His Word accurately. I want to guide my participants into applying the Word for themselves. May the Holy Spirit direct my thoughts!
3. While I lay face-down in recovery from eye surgery for a week, new ideas for the current novel I’m writing and for another novel I’ve dreamed of writing flooded my brain. I want to plunge back into the fiction writing. Pray for stamina, time management, and as always, that I represent the Lord well in what I write.
I’m still waiting for word from several publishers about both the bible study book and three fiction books. God’s will, God’s will! I just have a feeling that the timing of my improved vision and a book contract will be somehow connected. One day I’ll look back and say, “Oh wow, God, Your timing was perfect!”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding.” Yes, Proverbs 3:5, that’s what I’m TRYING to do!