This writing journey is filled with surprising twists and unexpected turns. It can be painful to hear “no” or “not yet” from a publisher, literary agent, or website as you pour your heart onto the page week after week and do your best to write well. Your family sacrifices, you labor in love, and you dream big dreams of what might happen.
We’ve had several other “no’s” and “not yets” lately. “No” to an offer we put on a house and “not yet” to welcoming another baby into our family through adoption. But, while in the waiting room of this winter season, I received an invitation that I had been hoping for.
A little over a year ago I read Holley Gerth’s book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream. Since I am a dreamer (idea-girl) by nature this is one of my favorite books! After reading this gem I discovered the God-sized Dreams website. It is one of my favorite places on the web. It is a community of kind and dynamic women who offer fresh encouragement as you follow God’s unique purposes for your life. It has been a joy to guest post twice for God-sized Dreams.
I had a secret hope that I didn’t share with anyone regarding my writing. Keeping a secret is not easy for me. I am an open person, over-sharer and celebrator. Sometimes it is difficult to celebrate with others though when you are waiting to see your dreams come true, when you find yourself in a holding pattern.
Life is unpredictable. There are many unknowns. When will we find the right house for us? When will we welcome another sweet girl into our arms? When will my book get published? When will I stop yelling and put on kindness? When will the nations get along? When will injustices be made right?
There in the secret place of our hearts He is listening, working, moving. He knows what is best and what is necessary to shape us. He is not Santa Claus nor a leprechaun with gold at the end of the rainbow. But He is present and able to open and shut doors according to His plan. He gives good gifts even when they are unexpected and come in different packaging than we had pictured.