April 20, 2011

Waiting on the Lord

There are not enough words to describe the wonderful feeling that true peace brings to my physical body!

Soaring on Wings Like Eagles
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who wait upon (hope in) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." ~Isaiah 40:30-31

I've been waiting on the Lord this past week in regard to my writing. I took a total break. I didn't write, I didn't think about writing, I didn't allow my mind to follow trails of ideas down their imaginative tracks. I just rested.

It was really nice. It was also amazing to see how many times my mind wanted to wander over and "worry" over what I was going to write about, how I was going to make money at this, and how I was going to find work. Thankfully, after a few days of cutting those thoughts off at their inception, this stream of anxiety slowed to a mere trickle.

We Wait Upon the Lord
My rest ended yesterday....and the fruit of my rest? Peace. I have a tremendous amount of peace about my priorities, about finding time to write, and about living with my process without trying to speed it up. You see, it takes me a tremendous amount of time and energy to read and research before I can write an article that meets my own standards of excellence. This part of my process has been very frustrating to me in the past, because I've been trying to keep track of how much money I'm making by the hour. I've put an end to this "counting of my men," and I am now just going to do what's in front of me to do.

The other part of my process I struggle with is what to write about. I have such a broad base of specialized and generalized knowledge in my mind. I'm fascinated by nearly every topic I come up with, but many of them just aren't article-worthy ideas. It has been so hard for me to narrow down and focus and have the confidence that the topic I'm going to write about is relevant to others and will pay off.

Once again, this week of rest has given me a tremendous amount of peace, and yesterday (the day my rest ended) I got an e-mail for a new project. It's a work of fiction written by a dear friend of mine. I get to read, ponder, experience, and edit it for him over the next year with the hope that together we can make a dream of his come true. Then, this morning I woke up after a dream filled with hope and wonder and realized that out of that dream came an interesting, relevant, and inspiring topic for me to write about.

Dyed4You Art
This makes two articles I'm in the process of writing, one book I'm editing, and my three blogs. I trust that the next idea will come when the time is right, again in a dream. In the meantime, I have plenty to work on, so I can continue resting during the day, cutting the random ideas off from my conscious mind as I wait for the one good idea to gel and create a dream for me dream. Yes, this makes perfect sense to me. God has always talked to me through my dreams!

This means that during the day my mind will be completely free to work on the ideas I already have! I'm so glad I rested from my labors this past week, and I'm so glad to be writing again this week!



  1. Welcome back, I've missed you and your writing. I can totally relate to the sense of peace you've discovered by waiting upon the Lord. I too struggled with what to write this week. I got started on something that I "thought" I had to write about instead of coming from my heart and inspiration. Fortunately in the process I sparked on what God really wanted me to write about; I can't wait to get it done to share it with you.

    And I can't wait to hear what you've been inspired to write!

  2. Happy to hear you got some rest and peace, Angela! Tell me more about the fiction project when you get a chance, okay? Love you! Gram

  3. Glad you ended your rest on a high note! I'll look forward to seeing what bubbles up. Love, Mom