Month: July 2016

Learn to Love the Waiting Room!

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25 – Learn to Love the Waiting Room!

Waiting is so, so hard! Especially when we’ve worked like crazy to get our part done and now have to wait on a response. From agents. From editors. From publishing committees. But waiting doesn’t have to drive you crazy. In fact, being in a “waiting room” can be an opportunity. So get ready to thrive while you wait!

Show Notes

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

  • We wait in strength—decisively. And we wait with heart—encouraged.

“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

  • We wait expectantly. Not anxious or driven, but expectant. God is at work, and His ways and path for us are perfect.

“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall, I will rise. Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.” Micah 7:7-8

  • We wait with confidence that God sees us, He hears us, and He is with us. We’re not forgotten, even in the deepest places.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5

  • We wait with hope, and our hope is in Him and in His word. Not in our writing, our agent, or a publisher. This is about God’s glory. Not ours.

“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8

  • We wait in obedience to His command to wait. When we’re doing things in obedience, it helps us cultivate the desire for His glory instead of ours.

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” Isaiah 64:4

  • We wait with the understanding that He will accomplish His will in us, in His ways, and in His time.
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Join us at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference on August 15-18, 2016!

We’re teaching a Write from the Deep coaching session this year, and we’d love to have you there! This is a terrific conference with a wonderful selection of writing teachers, editors, and agents. AND it’s hosted in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Learn more here!


Craft Matters Videos!

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These short videos are all about CRAFT, because it MATTERS! We’ll give you tips and tools to help you take your writing to the next level. Plus, we’ll talk frankly about the publishing industry.

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Worry Is NOT Your Friend

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24 – Worry Is NOT Your Friend

Don’t let worry weigh you down. Instead, stop it in its tracks. Don’t think it’s possible? Think again. These simple truths and practical tips will equip you to turn away from worry and rest in the truth that you have Someone on your side who is bigger and stronger than any worry you face.

Show Notes

Worry Is a Parched Place

  • Rest in inner nourishment for outer circumstances.

Jeremiah 17:5-6
“5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.

  • Rest in a better picture of who God is and how much He cares for us.

Luke 12:6-7
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”

Luke 12:25-28
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”

  • Replace questioning God’s commitment to us with a commitment to patience and steadfastness.

Psalm 32:8
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

  • Replace devaluing God’s power with awe for God.

Romans 1:20
“For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.”

“When the grandeur of God is not in our eyes and filling our hearts, we will live as if it is all up to us, always working more and trying harder.” Paul David Tripp, in the book Awe.

Awe by Paul Tripp

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Check out our newsletter for details on how you can win a copy of Mary DeMuth’s latest book Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy. Thanks, Baker Books, for supplying 3 copies!


New from Write from the Deep…

Personalized Video Chats!

Does your writers’ or crit group need an extra dose of wisdom or encouragement? Are you looking for affordable speakers to uplift and guide you through the deep places of your writing journey? Host a group Skype call with Karen and Erin! We’d love to put our experience and expertise to work for you in a personalized video chat. Just send your questions beforehand, and we’ll give you practical tips, tools, and answers. And we’ll take real-time questions as well! Set up a Personalized Writers’ Workshop today for our special introductory price. Spaces at this price are limited, so book your chat today!

 

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What helps you when you’re tempted to worry?

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