We can learn so much through the gentle nudging of God. I had been ‘in a box’ for a while, as far as my writing – dreaming, wishing, thinking about it, but not taking any positive steps toward making something happen. I had a narrow vision of what I was able to do and not really open to variables and the possibility that God had something more in mind.
It was only during the past two months that the string that held my small box together began to unravel. I started pushing just a bit on that box lid – God indeed was at work – again. This isn’t the first time I’ve wrestled with God regarding my writing – there have been countless times over the two decades since He first planted the ‘writing seed’ in my heart. But I don’t need to tell you if you are a friend of God – you already know – He is patient, loving, forgiving and He never, ever gives up!
My first book, a Christian-based children’s book, was published last fall, this being a dream in the far corners of my mind for many years. I began writing the book five years earlier, and what was taking so long to finish it, I had no a clue, unless it was motivation, time, the stars to line up in perfect order or, more than likely, one of those stronger nudges that would literally push me to my desk chair asking, if not now, when? I’m not sure what the deciding factor was, but it was finished within a two month period. I am very proud of my book and of having the distinguished title of ‘author.’ In my strange way of thinking, I believe I needed to finish that book, get my feet wet so to speak, so I could raise the lid on my box a little more to get a better look at the vast opportunities that lay beyond my four walls.
At first, it was just bits and pieces, and then I began to connect the dots, literally seeing God’s Plan revealed – one step to the next like a roadmap leading to limitless possibilities! It was speaking to me, “This is who you were meant to be.” I actually spoke the words out loud just yesterday to a total stranger saying, “I am a writer.” It just came out, no plan, no thought – it was as though at last I have accepted the gift the Lord has given me. Now, that it’s out in the open, I’m responsible for that gift, obligated to the One who has bestowed something upon me that knows no limits, can reach to the uttermost parts of the world in seconds via the internet, and most of all, has the ability to positively affect the lives of so many through the written word.
This, I believe, is my calling, my ministry, to encourage, support and share my gift with those who perhaps have given up or tossed their dream aside. They need to hear encouragement – to know that it’s not too late, that God never gives up, even if you give up on yourself. I am a living testament to that!
With the encouragement of my amazing support group, I have taken a huge leap of faith by totally stepping out of my box and expanding my horizons to all the possibilities that lie ahead. Writing a memoir/devotional/self-help book is my next project and is already in the works. What a journey it has been and I trust will continue to be, as I am led surely and faithfully day by day.
By: Bobbie Edwards
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What an encouraging testimony… thank you!!
Judy Layton says
Thank you Bobbi – This post means the world to me…for so often I believe I waited too long to “just do it.”
Amy Hunt says
AMEN!!! Amen! And, Amen!
Such truth! Such important, life transforming truth!
We do have a responsibility once our gifts have been revealed, and He doesn’t give up on us when we give up on ourselves, and He doesn’t limit us. I have heard the words “you are a writer” by people who love and care about me and I didn’t believe it. Then one day I heard those words said…out of my own mouth! I must keep on…as my worship to Him.
Rich blessings to your obedient heart…
Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight says
Thank you, thank you – for sharing your story of persevering – heeding His call. How I need to feel these nudges…to push me beyond the paralyzing fears of inadequacy.
Janie Savage says
Thank you Bobbie, your words are beautiful and so true. Thank you for sharing your insights and experience with the world. We need truth and inspiration that comes from the heart such as this. Keep writing and sharing so that others can be inspired to do the same.
Thanks for sharing.
I needed to hear that I am not the only one that wrestles with God. As you said he is very patient and loving and never gives up on us.
Keep pressing forward on your journey toward your God Destiny : )
I too have been struggling with this same thing. Godhas revealed to me a gift of writing and I’m 47 years old! I don’t know how long its been there undiscovered by me me but I finally heard Him. Thank you for the encouragement to go forth and write. I wrote a children’s book months ago but have done nothing with it. I feel a real push inside to find an illustrator and publish it. Loved the post.