Have you ever agreed to a project and said, “How hard could it be, right?”
Two movie lines come immediately to mind: Gone With the Wind – “I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies!” and Tootsie– “How much trouble could a baby be?”
Back in the fall, I agreed to a project and now it is finally “born”. With all the birth pains of an actual human birth, this stage of the project is completed. It has been the biggest project I have ever undertaken so far in my life besides childbirth.
Last fall, as Kit Hinkle and I were chatting on the phone, she mentioned that she was putting together a devotional book of our AWM articles. God prompted me to just offer to take it on. So I asked her if I could help her out and take this off her plate.
Never. That is how many times I have published a book. That is how many times I have edited a book. That is how many times I have even thought about writing a book.
God has a way, doesn’t He? He nudges us just enough into something until we realize we are TOTALLY dependent on His strength. I have learned so much. So. Much.
I jumped in and gave it a start. We had our first look at what I had finished when our team met for the first time at our retreat in March. We were all so excited to see the potential, even though there was a long way to go. Several of my team sisters became “mid-wives” and helped edit with me.
And this week I turned the summer edition of our daily devotional book into the printer. I kid about giving birth and, just like a new parent, I am beaming with delight. But all the delight comes from following God’s prompting and seeing Him follow through with the project. This is His book. This is His ministry. This is His widow. This is His.
Soon and very soon, we will make this daily devotional for summer available to YOU. There are so many widows without the opportunity to read our articles that we have available on-line. We want to make this encouragement available to them.
Pray for this huge endeavor, friends. Pray we will market it appropriately. Pray that we will be the vessels of His leading.
And follow the prompting of God in YOUR life.
Trust me, if I can do this, you can do whatever He is prompting you to do. Follow His lead, even when it feels like you are crawling through mud. He will give you the wisdom and strength to complete the task. Eat the elephant, one bite at a time.