Last October, I took part in Nester's 31-day writing challenge. I am so thankful that I did, even though it about pushed me over the edge at times. I wrote about and photographed 31 things at the Little Cabin on the Trail that make me smile. Apparently, they made a lot of other people smile, too!
I only wish that after the 31 days, the habit of blogging daily had stuck. Instead, I think it did me in for the whole year. Well, that's okay. I am committing to do it again.
There I wrote it, and I've said it at least a dozen times. I will not back down now, because that is just how I am. I will finish those 31 days or die trying.
I don't know about you, but accountability and deadline are what I need to complete most projects.
I took the past year off from working outside the home to write a book--maybe that is why I did not blog much. And I have worked on it on and off--at the Little Cabin on the Trail. Mostly off. And the reason? Because I was not given or did not set a hard deadline. I had an idea in my head and a loose commitment to a year, but other things kept pulling me away from writing--and I let them. Why? Because writing a book is hard.
I am so very relieved and happy to say that I am--thank the good Lord--very, very close to finishing my book, which has totally changed my outlook. I now have something concrete to believe in instead of just a dream. The words are actually there for me to see. And that has now--just now--given me the confidence to start speaking about it publicly.
I wrote about my call to write on my blog on January 5, 2013:
On June 19, just 15 days before the accident, God confirmed that I had a book to write. I listed what He told me not to do:
1.Research to see if it has been done before
2. Ask anyone's opinion
3. Give up before starting
4. Let somebody else's dream take precedence
And then I immediately received what I called the C's. I think it is odd and sometimes corny when speakers/pastors speak from outlines where all the topics start with the same letter. Well, that's what I got.
I heard the Call loud and clear. Then came the Confirmation through several people. I assumed Courage was what it would take to act on the call, but I had no idea just how much courage it would take after the accident. (When Kelly and Travis chose "Courageous" by Casing Crowns as one of the songs for the funeral, I just sobbed.)
I felt strongly that there were five C's, so I just left number five blank. It seemed weird, but so did the whole "C" thing. And then in September, God gave me the last one: Confidence.
At the time, I thought that Confidence should have come before Completion, but I get it now. Writing that book required me to plead with God for every single page--I could not rely on myself one bit. And that is why I could not talk much about my book before now. I wanted to believe that the words would come, but I had to wait until they did. I knew that I could never accomplish this task, and I did not want to accomplish this task, if the Lord was not directing my pen.
Many times along the way, I felt kind of silly when people asked me what my plans are for my book. Mostly, I just answered, "I don't know." I still do not know. I am taking one step at a time--waiting on God's direction.
Almost immediately upon posting that my book was near completion, I believe the Lord gave me the idea for the 31 words, 31 memories challenge. I posted it on Facebook, hoping for 10 friends to join me. Within minutes, I had 6. Two days later, I have 30. People think they are just taking part in a fun memory project, but they are part of God's confirmation to me that my book is worthy.
I think that this project is the next step.
So in ten days, I will start the Nester's writing challenge, and my friends will join me in the 31 words memory project.
I can't wait to see what God does through it. I am pretty sure that it will be the subject of my very last chapter.