Monday, November 3, 2008

Perseverance Pays Off

I'm reading a devotional right now by Andrew Murray. It's titled "With Christ in the School of Prayer." There is a lesson, number fifteen titled The Power of Persevering Prayer.
This is from the devotional:

"Insight into this truth should lead us to cultivate the corresponding attitudes of patience, faith, waiting, and praise which are the secrets of perseverance."

I read and reread this. I was thinking of writing and writers.

Patience: This applies to all aspects of writing and publishing. As writers we are patient with getting the story on paper just right. When submitting we are patient as editors and/or agents look at our work.

Faith: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. How much truer could any saying be while writing. Hoping the words we put on paper will reach somebody. Hoping we are doing what God would have us do. Waiting on that sale for confirmation. Confirmation that our faith has kept us strong while we were in the creative process.

Waiting: I need to add nothing here.

Praise: We continually praise the One who gave us this desire, the voices, the stories and will to write for Him.

F.A.I.T.H. girl Jenn experienced the power of perseverance last week as she got "The Call!" All of us are so thrilled for her. One more person closer to the dream. Yeah, Jenn!!!

Out of these four parts are there any you find easier than others? Any that you find particularly hard? Please respond even if you're not a writer. We all,no matter what we do, face things that require perseverance.

16 comments:

  1. A little over a year ago, God whispered two verses to me. The first was:

    Hebrews 11:1
    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    I taped this one to the top of my computer monitor as a daily reminder and there were definitely days when I'd read it over and over again.

    The second verse that came to me was:

    Psalm 37:4
    Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    I taped this one to the bottom of my computer monitor just above my keyboard.

    I posted these on my work computer where I work my full-time day job. Nowhere have I needed these verses more than at this place. I'm going to keep these verses here.

    Although I've perservered to my first sale, my perserverance isn't over. Now I need to trust in God to build my writing and my sales to a level where I won't have to be here at this place working for someone else. Writing at home without the need of a full-time job is a desire of my heart. God is faithful. I will still be perservering.

    Great post, Lindi!

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  2. And you'll do it, Jenn. I know you will!

    Lindi, great post. I think the hardest part for me is the praise. I'm pretty stubborn so have the waiting down pretty well. And I'm pretty patient. Well, sometimes I am. :) And I try to trust that God will give me the faith. But I forget to praise God through it all!

    Missy

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  3. Great post, Lindi. I may hae to print this one out and tape it to my computer.

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  4. I find Faith and Praise are the easiest. I do all things through Christ...and I trust HIS will shall be done through it.

    Patience and waiting are difficult, but tolerable through faith and praise. See how they are all connected?

    Thanks for the post. Most enlightening.

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  5. Cuz,

    PLEASE quit reading and continue writing.............. I just read Lindi's latest story and synopsis (and other Faith girls, send them on, Im great for reading and typos !) This is the best Ive read yet from Lindi, perhaps she will be next ? Although, now that Christy has everyone over her shoulder, Im betting on Christy !!! Come on girls, PUSH Lindi and this book !
    Jen, my congrats to you, way to inspire us all.
    In closing, to Missy probably the most, the window that was going to cost $400 to replace, we got at a junkyard on Sat. for $35 and did it ourselves !!!
    Be well, be safe all, and God speed......

    cousin Wendy

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  6. Jenn,
    You will continue to do great things with your writing. Your heart is good and where it needs to be.

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  7. MIssy,
    We'll pray for praise for you. I don't always remember that part, too.

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  8. Mindy,

    I LOVE reading devotionals by Andrew Murray. Anything you pick up from him will be so inspiring.

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  9. Lynn,

    You're so right. They are all connected. And faith and praise are about the only way we can make it through the waiting and patient part.

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  10. Cuz,

    I'll keep writing. Thanks for the encouragement. And I'm glad you only had to spend 35 to replace the window. You had to hurry up and do it so it didn't snow in the car, huh?

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  11. Lynn, thanks for stopping by!

    Cousin Wendy, I'm very impressed by the bargain!! :)And also that you did it yourselves.

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  12. Lindi,
    Its 65 here already today !!! No snow for a week or so..........
    Missy, a window is nothing, we do motors, transmissions, whatever you need !! At last count I think there arer 23 cars here..........
    If you guys would only write instead of blogging, I would have something to read !

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  13. 65 at 700 am? Sounds like a nice day in Ashtabula!! I don't think it's that warm here, yet, but we are supposed to get to 75 today.

    We are writing!! I promise!
    Remember me, Ang and Christy are aiming to write 50,000 words this month. Don't let us forget.

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  14. Christy,

    We are talking about you girl! Where are you?

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  15. Missy, Lindi and Cuz Wendy, thanks for the encouragement. I pray that God will help me keep my heart focused on Him always and His word alive in me.

    Blessings,

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  16. I think the faith part is hardest. Keep going and hope that what I write has continuity for someone outside my own head? That is the struggle.

    Great questions, Lindi.
    Angie

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