"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

7/10/08

Anticipation!

Have you ever been in the middle of waiting for a whole lot of things? Sometimes it's a wonderful wait, and sometimes not-so-wonderful.

Right now, I have A LOT of fun/wonderful/exciting things "right around the corner," and there are times I feel so giddy in waiting that I could burst.

  1. One week from today, my husband and I are going to have a mini-vacation to Saugatuck overnight (his parents are staying with the kids). We haven't done something like this in a VERY long time.
  2. I am working through reading through the Bible straight through in a year (a few chapters each day) - something I've done every year but one since I got saved - and I am only a couple days from one of my absolute favorite chapters in the entire Bible - Isaiah 53.
  3. In a week and a half, both of my kids are going to be at Zoo camp four mornings for 2 1/2 hours each morning- so I am going to be kidless for a total of ten hours!
  4. I am making some good progress on my book, and am getting excited about reaching my August 1 goal and working on my September goal of entering Page Turner.
But waiting is not always this fun. In working on my book, I am currently writing about the time when my family was waiting to hear the results of the very first CAT scan that Marc had taken when we were first realizing there was something wrong. THAT wait was not one filled with anticipation - instead, it was chock full of anxiety. But God provided peace for us during and following, through many different "methods" (which you'll have to read the book to learn about!).

So, whatever you are waiting for, wait with anticipation - anticipation for the exciting event, or anticipation of what God will do through your difficulty. Trust me - it will be worth the wait.

but those who 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 40:31

4 comments:

  1. I'm waiting, too, today. Thank you for encouraging me to bring my expectation and moments of waiting and place them at the feet of Christ.

    :)

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  2. Good thoughts, JO. Hoping you have a great time with your hubby.

    There are two ways to wait. One is anticipating something, whether good or not. The other is to serve.
    I used to think of the verse, "Wait on the Lord" as anticipating his answer to a prayer or something else he might be doing for me.
    Then I thought of a servant sitting at his master's feet willing to do anything the master might want done. He is still anticipating something, but it is not to get something but to give and serve.
    (just a thought)

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  3. LOVE your thought, Vonnie! Serving as we wait is definitely something I need to do. Wonderful.

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  4. Oh, the different kinds of anticipation!! I'm so glad you and Marc get to get away!! (and Is. 53 is one of my faves too!!)
    Huggles, Sweetie!

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