by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Faith is a theme that runs through many of my blog posts. Maybe you’ve noticed. Abraham. Moses. Esther. To name a few.
During the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference last month, I spent time with other writers as we encouraged each other in our writer’s journey. For those who do not write, you may not understand how much faith it takes to believe God has called us to weave words together for him to use.
It’s a privilege that requires large quantities of faith.
The same amount of faith it takes any of us to accept the privilege God gives to use the abilities and skills he’s placed within us. It takes faith to make that incredible leap to step out and trust.
But you know what?
No matter how fantastic the opportunity, facing the unknown can be frightening. Especially when doing so seems … crazy.
We might listen to Satan’s lies telling us we aren’t good enough.
Who are we kidding?
What have we got to offer?
Why do we think we’re capable?
It’ll be too difficult.
And on and on and on.
So this post is for all of us who need a little encouragement to step out in faith no matter how crazy it may seem.
Encouragement to grab hold of all the marvelous things God has waiting for us and trust he knows what he’s doing when he calls us to be a part of his plan.
Am I the only one who struggles with a lack of confidence that can morph into a lack of faith that can become a lack of obedience when I face the unknown?
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What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Hebrews 11:1 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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I believe all writers need to hear this message. We should never compare ourselves to others and weigh their talents against ours. God has given each of us a different type of writing gift, so when we read the credentials of other writers we should not be intimidated. As the leader of a Christian writers’ group for years, I have discovered that many excellent writers never get published because they are afraid to take that leap of faith and submit. Each of us needs to have a copy of the Christian Writers Market Guide so we can research different markets that might publish our pieces. I took that step many years ago and have been quite successful. I encourage you to do the same. Remember that if your piece is rejected that does not mean it is not good. It may be that someone else submitted a similar piece or the editor cannot use it at this time. Immediately send it to another publication. I actually enjoying submitting and have had good results. Be sure to keep a record of each submission: what you sent, where you sent it, when you sent it, and when you receive a reply. The Market Guide can help you with more information on the process of submitting. Many markets pay but others do not. Our main aim is to touch others for Christ. Take that leap today.
Fran, thanks for the excellent advice.