Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where to start?

I've had the pleasure of talking to lots of fun people while at book signings or at speaking events. Many people have expressed their own desire to write a book.

I get so excited for them because, well, it's obvious, I love to write stories.

The big question I get, is always, "How?"

Just do a little at a time and it grows and grows and soon, there before you is a book.

But often times it can be very hard to be standing at the beginning of something, without thinking, how on earth am I ever going to do that?

It can be so overwhelming in many different situations such as...

I remember the first day I was alone after I had experienced a miscarriage. I laid in bed wondering, how on earth am I going to even get out of bed, let alone go through the entire day?

I remember when I had some very loud mysterious blaring noises in my head and couldn't find a doctor to help me. The day ahead would seem so long, how on earth was I going to make it?

When another miscarriage happened I wondered how to even begin to live my life while letting go of a dream I'd had for so many years.

There were also times in the last years we've wondered where on earth is the next dollar going to come from? And how do you plan to take care of your responsibilities in that situation?

Where do you start in those emotionally tumultuous times?

Where?

That first morning alone after my miscarriage, I was given some very wise advice. I turned on the radio. The pastor spoke about his trials. He dealt with leukemia. He referred to the Bible passage, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

He explained that meant "ALL" things.

I literally started with, "I can put my foot on the floor one at a time, through Christ who strengthens me." Every step that day, I said those words for everything I did. Not only did I say them, I believed them. That is how I got through that first day after I miscarried and the days following.

"I can deal with this noise in my head, through Christ who strengthens me."

"I can let go of my dreams, through Christ who stengthens me."

"I can make it to payday, through Christ who strengthens me."

I can say, now, on this side of those situations, I did make it. I didn't think I could, I didn't make it alone though. There was no way on this earth I could make it through those situations without the strength that Jesus Christ gave to me.

A person can stand at the beginning of something, and do whatever they want to figure out how to get to the other side of a circumstance. There is a lady in the Bible who tried everything, doctors couldn't help her for twelve years. But, when Jesus walked by, she knew if she just touched Him...she touched the hem of His garment and she was healed.

I know at the beginning of something, even at this moment...I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2 comments:

Connie Jo said...

Linda, I'm at the beginning of something and I'm intimidated by my past failures to actually 'do the thing.' I create so many things in my head and heart but they don't actually get lived out. I believe God is giving me a dream, focus and supportive people like you to help me press past my fears. Thanks Linda!!!!

I have a favorite song that challenges me to press past my fears. It's by Honeytree and can be found on YouTube:


"PIONEER" LYRICS
[Chorus]
Pioneer, Pioneer
Keep pressing onward beyond your fear
And only the Father goes before you to your own frontier
Youʼre a Pioneer



[Verse 1]
Uncharted wilderness stretches before you
And you thrive on going where no one has gone
Still it gets lonely when darkness deepens
So sing by the fire until the dawn

[Chorus]



[Verse 2]
You travel light and you travel alone
And when you arrive nobody knows
But your Father in heaven, He is glad you can go
Cause those who come after you will need the road

[Chorus]



[Verse 3]
And what you have done, others will do
Bigger and better and faster than you
But you canʼt look back, no, you gotta keep on pressing through
Thereʼs a wilderness pathway and itʼs calling you

[

Last chorus]
Calling you, calling you clear
Keep pressing onwards, you can’t stay here
And only the Father goes before you to your own frontier
Youʼre a Pioneer
Only the Father goes before you
to your own frontier
you’re a pioneer

Janalyn Voigt said...

The mountain (a new book project) seems pretty tall from down here. Thanks for the encouragement.