When heading into the empty nest I began to pray about what my next role in life would be. Many years before, God had lain on my heart that I was to write. Fears and negative thoughts kept me from listening and obeying God’s call. My writing journey started in 2005 when my first devotion was published on Baseball Chapel’s website. After writing for ten years I didn’t consider myself a writer, I just wrote devotions.
In 2014, with the empty nest looming I volunteered to help a friend test the book she was writing. Write A Novel In Ten Minutes A Day. I would be part of a test group that would follow the chapters and the daily exercises while giving her feedback. I learned a lot during those months. One being, I am NOT a fiction writer! Not because of her book but because God had called me to write non-fiction.
Even though I purposefully accepted the calling of writing, I wasn’t ready to call myself a writer. I began to blog. I made goals and went to my first writer’s conference. It wasn’t until I was attending my second writer’s conference that I verbally confirmed to others, and myself I am a writer!
No’s, from publishers, came after my first conference. The all important platform building began but seemed to be falling short. I continued to stick to the goals I made. I tried to accomplish the goals, one by one. My strength was failing, my disappointments stacking up. Questioning if I was hearing a calling to write, I prayed for God to confirm and He did. He confirmed that I needed to do the next thing and not get caught up in the bigger picture. Little by little I did the next thing. I made daily and weekly goals. I achieved some of them. The ones that didn’t get met were reevaluated and I just did the next thing.
God asked me to allow Him to pull me where He wanted me to go, not push what I was intent on conquering. There were goals that were made that I didn’t know if I could accomplish or not, but I dreamed and I prayed for His guidance and lead. I did the next thing that He pulled me toward. There were dreams that even I couldn’t dream or think about. My knowledge and power are limited. God’s are not.
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 MSG
The one goal that I never wrote down was securing an agent, it never occurred to me. It wasn’t in my realm of knowledge. It was in God’s.
I now can say that in God’s mighty power He has done far more than I could have ever imagined or guessed. I did the next thing. God did more!!! I am happy to say that I am being represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Management. I am beyond amazed. I am beyond excited!
What does this mean? It means that now I do the next thing. I will do what God pulls me toward. I will have a much more experienced woman to stand shoulder to shoulder with in this amazing journey God has pulled me into. Writing. I am a writer. Next goal, published author of a non-fiction book.
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Do you have a dream or goal that you want to meet? What is God calling you to that you are not sure of? Can you allow God to pull you where He wants you to be? What can I pray for you?
So excited to see what God does next. Congratulations Billie!
Billie!!!! You absolutely rocked this!! I am super proud of you.
With love and hugs,
“I will do what God pulls me toward.”
This right here speaks to my heart. May your journey be blessed!
Thank you Sarah!
Congrats to you Billie so looking forward to hearing and reading about the next thing. To God be the Glory !!
All to Him!!!!
So happy for you Billie! Congratulations and best of luck to you with your book! Do you know when it will be available, for us to buy!
Thank you!!! I will let you know when it is available!!!