Many of my writer friends have already done an outstanding job as they have spoken out about their various passions or injustices that weigh on their hearts. There are links to each of their pages at the end of this blog so you can enjoy them like I did. I hoped to really come out swinging like they did, but when I began thinking of the plethora of things that I'm passionate about, I really kept coming back to one thing--I was just thankful.
We all know that we should be thankful for what we have, and that it could always be worse, but sometimes we forget to remember that. So, if you don't mind, my Called to Speak blog will be about a few things that I'm thankful for.
I'm thankful for failure. I've failed so many times in my life. Daily, in fact. I've failed in the past, I failed some today, and I'll surely fail in the future. All failure means is that I'm not perfect. Big surprise there. It also means that I can't do this alone. I need help--lots of it. I'm not going to go through life with a perfect record. I need God. Failure helps me remember that.
I'm thankful for humility. This one kinda goes with failure, but hear me out. I have been humbled. Oh boy, have I been humbled. Many times. I know me, very well, and I know that if I'm not humbled, I'll start to think I'm pretty important. Which I shouldn't be. I must become less. He must become more.
I'm thankful for whispers. Have you ever suddenly realized something very important happened quietly in your life and when it dawned on you, you were like, "WHOA!!!"? It's strange how that happens, right? God speaks to us through whispers. When He passed Elijah on the mountaintop, He wasn't in the powerful wind, or the earthquake, or the fire. He was in the gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12).
I remember lying beneath the desert sky in a land far away. Tracer rounds streaked through the night sky. I was afraid, but not just for myself. I was afraid for the scared little faces that I had left behind a few weeks before. I closed my eyes to pray. I asked God to not let my children grow up without a father. They needed me there. They needed my guidance and protection. When I returned home, I though He had answered my prayer. But a few years later, my son and daughter came to me after they left their youth group one Sunday, their faces beaming with excitement. They told me they had accepted Jesus as their Savior.
I heard the whisper. They would never be without their Father.
I'm thankful for struggle. Yes, I'm thankful for struggle. We were told that we would face struggles in this world (John 16:33). We know this, and we also know that there is struggle everywhere. Struggle sometimes becomes too much to bear and the results can be terrible to look at or think about. But the struggle means that something is going on. The spiritual battle that you and I have been told about is happening. And we know Who wins. We know that all of this struggle, no matter how bad it can get, God uses for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
None of us are going to get through our days without failing. We're going to face as many failures as we do victories. Maybe more.
And we're going to be humbled. Over and over again. Be ready for it.
But keep your ears open for the whispers. In the noise of this crazy world you can still hear God's voice. He might not boom it out across the land--not the way you're expecting, anyway. Just... listen.
And embrace the struggle. Know that it's all going to be okay. It really is. This world is full of struggle, but He has overcome the world.
Now, here is a little about the book, A Time to Speak!
What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?
Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.
The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.
Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?
Book Two in the “Out of Time” series.
Read about the first book, A Time to Die, here.
Enter for a signed copy of A Time to Die and A Time to Speak!
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