Are You Weary in the Waiting?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

It seems that if a writer isn’t writing, then she’s waiting… Waiting to get edits back from a critique partner.Waiting to hear from a potential agent or editor. Waiting to sell a manuscript. Even when a book is sold there’s still waiting!

Waiting can often bring weariness, especially if there are other areas in your life where you’ve been waiting on God to move. And weariness often brings a loss of hope, even defeat. It might even cause you to give up on your dreams!

Believe me, I’ve been there, but what keeps me pushing toward my dreams during the seasons of waiting is wondering if the moment I give up is when God has something wonderful for me. So what do I do in the meantime?

In the past I would whine and cry and question why the answer wasn’t coming fast enough, why I had yet to be published? Then I’d suck it up and trust God. After all God knew best, and if he wan’t giving me the desires of my heart, then it was for a reason. It was for a good reason. I had to believe that! I had to or else I’d go insane waiting and wondering when the answer would come.

Today I’m waiting yet again, but there’s not really any weariness. There’s a little anxiousness, but the obsession in wanting to know or sell my current manuscript is gone. Have I become content in the waiting? I don’t know, but I think I’ve learned how to surrender without whining to God about not giving me the results I want.

Maybe I’ve become weary in the whining.

Maybe I realized it’s futile to complain about things I can’t change. Have I truly learned to be content in where God has me? I’d like to think so, but I also hold on to the hope that maybe God has something far better than I can even dream!

And maybe that’s the real reason I’m not weary!

When You Grow Weary in the Waiting

Even though I’m contracted for my first novella, there are moments of lulls in my writing life. Moments when I want to move forward, but I can’t for one reason or another. It’s a part of the writer’s life…waiting.  Right now I’m waiting on the Writer…Interrupted blog to launch so I can rebuild my platform. It was supposed to launch a year ago, then January of this year, now, who knows?

The waiting is hard, but I don’t have to be idle. And I don’t have to worry. I’m trying to remind myself while I wait!

I wrote this post two years ago. March 2009. It’s still relevant today…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

It’s happening again. I’m growing weary in the waiting. Why? Because it’s taking too long, and while I’m waiting others around me seem to be getting the very things I’ve been waiting for.

We’ve been waiting for our home to sell… five or six months now…I lost track.

I’ve been waiting for my book to sell… six months now…

I’ve been waiting for other things, more personal things like for God to do a work in my heart and family once and for all. Still waiting!

And I’m growing weary…almost ready to give up on my dream, but what keeps me going is wondering if the moment I give up is when God has something wonderful for me. So what do I do in the meantime?

I cry and I whine and God listens…then I cry some more, dry my eyes, and suck it up. God knows best, and if he’s not giving me the desires of my heart, it’s for a reason.

It’s for a good reason.

I have to believe that! I have to or else I’d go insane waiting and wondering when my time will come.

So while I’m waiting yet another minute, another hour, another day, I will rest in the truth of the song I wrote about twenty years ago, when I was waiting…

I know the plans that I have laid for you, for welfare and for hope.
Your future is so clear to me, so far beyond your scope.
And all ask is that you trust me child, and know I’m in control.
Just take my hand and I will lead you on, I’ll never let you go.

How do you deal with the waiting?

Seasons of Writing and Waiting

In January, I was all set to dive into my WIP. I had just put my daughter in school full time, and I had my days mapped out by the hour. Then “I got the call.” The novella I submitted to Barbour for an anthology the week before was sold!

After the shock registered, I realized I had to abandon my current WIP in order to cut my 50,000 word story down to 20,000. Talk about a daunting task! But I dove in, obsessively cutting and laboring for weeks. Thanks to Snowmaggedon 2011, I managed to cut my story down to 35,000. I sent it off to my critique partners with the hope that they’d see a couple of threads and scenes I could cut.

That was almost a month ago. Or at least it seems like it. In the meantime, I got busy helping my 3-5th grade students write their stories. I haven’t worked on my own since!

Sometimes the hardest part of this writing journey is the waiting. Waiting for that season of life that allows you to write. Waiting for that time each day to write. Waiting on others whether it be critique partners, agents, or editors. Waiting on the call…

What you do in the waiting can have just as much significance on your writing than what you do when you’re busy. I used to be more anxious than I am now. But I’m learning to rest in Jesus and put my trust in him while finding other ways to keep myself busy toward achieving my goals.

What do you do while you’re waiting?

A Season of Waiting…

It’s been quiet here at Portrait of a Writer…Interrupted. Life has been busy, and well, frankly, I haven’t had much to say. Nothing profound or extraordinary has been happening in my writing or home life. Nothing that has any significance to my readers, anyway.

In the quiet I’ve been waiting. Wondering. Wandering and praying for direction in many areas of my life. Specifically, “Lord, what do you want this blog to look like?” There’s so much great writing and parenting content on the internet I can’t begin to duplicate that. But I’m not supposed to. Then what am I supposed to do?

I have some ideas, but I haven’t been sure, so I’ve been waiting. And the great thing about THIS season of waiting is that there hasn’t been much anxiousness. Not in my writing life, at least.

So I continue to wait and plan and will start blogging again as there are many changes happening in my life.

I hope to launch Writer…Interrupted in February after a year plus slumber. And then I’ll focus on my “idea” for this blog. It will take a redesign and refocus, and I a lot of prayer. But I’m ready!

Ready to move from this season of waiting, wandering, and hoping to the land of plenty!

How about you? What season are you in and are YOU READY?

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