April Showers of Blessing—Part II
The Bible says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” That could mean a season of time where one is sad or depressed. I’ve been there. But truly, joy does come eventually. More on that next week.
The challenge is to keep going, keep trying. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 #DueSeason #amwriting #GodsTimingForYourLife #AprilShowersofBlessing Click to Tweet
For a while, at the end of 2016, there was a period, about five months, where I didn’t post twice a week. I was going through a string of disappointments. Rather than write the same old junk I’d written before and sound whiny about life’s letdowns, I chose not to write at all.
It seemed that no matter what I tried, God would bless it for a short while, but lacked staying power. Case in Point: the ACFW Pennsylvania State Chapter. It didn’t even last two full years. That was just one of the disappointments that fall.
We had a disappointing turnout to our chapter conference that year. We not only didn’t make money for the chapter, we ended up in debt. Totally defeating, and one reason I decided to close the chapter.
I regularly enter writing contests, and I usually make at least the first cut—into the semi-finals. That fall, I didn’t even place in two of three contests I entered. I felt it was a step down from 2nd and 3rd one year to 3rd and Honorable Mention. Very disappointing.
I had also submitted Meghan’s Choice to several publishers that fall. Every one of them turned it down.
Then, I was bit by a mosquito I couldn’t find in my house—I kid you not—13 times over about three days. That was pitiful.
Earlier, in late August, I was not hired as staff for a local Bible school program through our church, because they said I didn’t ask for enough hours. Of course, they’d never said how many hours they were looking for. That’s the event that started it all…the five months of disappointments.
I had one great thing happen to me that fall…restoration to prophetic ministry. It meant a lot.
I’d been tested before, and one of my Bible school teachers said, “How you respond will determine your future.” How about you? Are you in a time of testing? Leave a comment and let me know. #DueSeason #amwriting #GodsTimingForYourLife #AprilShowersofBlessing Click to Tweet