Thursday, October 8, 2009

More Than What We Ask or Imagine

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Eph 3:20 NIV)


I arrived home one night from work, in tears, brain fried. That’s the only way I can describe it.

Although I appreciate having a job—and I do it well—the work is so mentally draining, I have almost nothing left in me by the time I finish my day.

I thrive on being creative, but what I do at the day job insists on utilizing the side of my brain that kicks in to solve problems. That’s what I do for hours a day. I research missing payments in people’s cellular accounts. It’s like solving math problems for eight hours. I’d rather be dreaming up stories about Neverland.

So in tears, I told my husband that maybe I was fooling myself. Maybe I couldn’t maintain my goals for a writing career while still working full time.

But . . . I agonized . . . other people do it all the time. Most writers either have young children at home, or an outside job. Why do I struggle with trying to do it all – while also attempting to keep some kind of balance in my life? I still need to have time with family and friends—not to mention time with God—and still have a little “me” time.

I believe I’m called to write.

I believe I’m also called to launch a freelance editing business soon.

But do you know what my problem is?

I fall into the trap of believing I need to do it all by myself.

I forget that God is on my side, desiring to extend His helping hand. That in Him I can do all things.

God is in this with me! I'm not alone! He’s working on my behalf, even when I can’t see or feel it.

Of course I have a responsibility to continue working hard and doing everything I can to reach my goals.

At the same time, God doesn’t want me to burn out trying!

I need to trust that God will help me do whatever it is that I’m called to do. Then rest in that fact.

Are you hard on yourself?

Let go . . . and relax in the promise that God is also working on your behalf.

We don’t need to accomplish our dreams on our own.

God is able to do more than what we ask or imagine!

Dawn

1 comment:

  1. Great reminders, Dawn. So true and sometimes so hard to remember. But it's freeing whenever I do. Thanks for reminding me.

    Hugs,
    Annette

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