As many of you know, I’m a work from home mom (WFHM). I am an author, freelance editor, virtual assistant, and a bookkeeper. That’s a lot of hats to wear. Oh, and don’t forget there’s the family to take care of and my little pooch, Posey. How do I do it? How did I do it when I homeschooled the kids? Well, with a lot of prayer and support from family and friends I am able to face most days with a smile on my face.
Jill Hart is a writer, speaker and coach, showing others how to follow the calling God has placed on their lives. She teaches her clients how to overcome the fear of getting started and helps them discover ways to find success. She is the author of the new devotional book, Do Life Different.
Trusting God with the Details by Jill Hart
Praise be to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, who has put it into the king’s heart to bring honor to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem in this way and who has extended his good favor to me before the king and his advisers and all the king’s powerful officials. Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me, I took courage and gathered leaders from Israel to go up with me.
I love the story of Ezra. God put it into the heart of a pagan king to rebuild the temple and Jerusalem. And God then had that pagan king appoint the people that He desired to lead a team to Jerusalem to do the work.
As I reflect on this story and how powerful our God is – that He can truly use anyone and anything to accomplish His purposes, I’m struck by how often I find myself failing to trust Him.
Let me ask you this: Do you trust God with the details of your life? Of your writing career?
About a year ago, a good friend of mine had a literary agent contact her and sign her on. I’m sure you know how difficult it can be to get signed with an agent, and for an agent to contact you and ASK to sign you on is very rare. My friend thought this was a clear sign that God was moving and that a book deal was right around the corner.
She was ready to write the book she had proposed. God gave her the message and, to her, it seemed like He was giving her the green light on the book, too. So, she waited on the book contract…and waited…and waited. And waited some more. Through lots of no’s and lots of frustration and lots of tears.
Finally, more than a year later, the contract finally came.
God is SO into you. He cares about the details of your life. And He has ordained the time and place for your writing to take flight. The idea of a story may come to you in the middle of the night with the actual story taking many more years to develop. Just think, in that time, YOU are also developing depth in character and writing. God is developing a deeper understanding in you to be able to take your story farther than you ever dreamed.
Ezra had no idea of knowing how God would restore the temple and eventually Jerusalem. The Jewish people had been praying for years. God knew exactly what He wanted to accomplish and whom He would use.
And He chose to work through a pagan king, proving He can truly use anyone, anything, any situation.
Trust Him. Persevere.
Link for book: http://bit.ly/do-life-different