December 10, 2012

Bless the Lord Reason #11: He Gives Me Perseverance

You know those Staples buttons that say "That was easy" when you click them?

Yeah. Maybe on some things, it'd be true.

But anyone who has ever drafted a novel AIN'T easy.

That's why I'm so grateful to be able to say that on Friday, I reached THE END on my second novel.

I'm pausing right now for a Snoopy dance...

Okay, I'm back.

My original goal had been to finish drafting this book by sometime in October.

Things came up (as I talked about last week). Important things. But I still wanted to finish this draft.

I know, I know, I didn't have a set deadline from anyone but myself, but I still want to move forward in my writing career. And sometimes I just get so impatient and wish I could sit down and bust out my scenes like *that* and be done super quick.

But it doesn't work that way.

It's like that saying about eating an elephant (which is just a horrid mental picture, so I'll spare you...although now you're probably thinking it anyway!)...

Anyway, I know that without the prayers of a lot of people and God's grace, I wouldn't have completed this book draft. So today, I'm blessing Him for that.

I'm also blessing His name for perseverance in this whole writing path, not just this one task. It takes a lot of stick-to-it-ness to keep going. There have been several times I've come to a ledge, wanted to just pack the whole thing up--but I didn't, not because I'm super amazing, but because God is.

He gave me this gift and He wants me to use it.

And I'm confident that He'll finish the work He started in me. I love, love, love that it isn't all up to me!

Your Turn: When has God given you perseverance?

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  1. Woohooo!!!! CONGRATS!!! :-)
    I just finished mine and the relief is incredible. (rough drafts are so hard for me!)
    I'd say God helps me with perseverance too, and patience.

  2. Excellent, Lindsay. Way to stick with it. I love the writing gig, but I have to say the working to get published has taken a lot more out of me than I thought it it has required much of of the two ps Jessica just mentioned.

  3. Happy Dancing for you, friend!
    When has he given me perseverance?
    As a wife.
    As a mom.
    As a writer.
    And sometimes, all at the same time.

  4. Congrats!
    God give me perseverance every day! Seems there's always something going on, something I need Him to help me through.

  5. Yay, Lindsay!

    God gives me perseverance everyday...I need it everyday!

  6. Congratulations on reaching The End, Lindsay! That's an accomplishment to be proud of.

  7. Thanks, everyone! It sounds like I'm not alone in saying that God helps me persevere. There are probably so many more instances of Him doing this that I don't even see.

  8. Woohoo! Congrats on finishing Book 2, Lindsay!

  9. I know, I'm commenting late. Okay, very late, but a BIIIIG congrats on finishing your book. Love your perspective here. Thanks for sharing your honesty and your joy.

    For me, God has given me perseverance on the writing journey. It's so difficult, and yet, in the midst of the dark times come those moments when the perfect scene flies onto the page, or a word of encouragement is offered that fills me up and moves me forward.

  10. My laptop refused to post comments yesterday!!
    But, wooooooooohoooooooooooo!!!

    Perseverance has been my theme for the last year, maybe two. Joining this legion of Christ-centered writers has been the morning's joy after a long dark night.