Friday, January 24, 2014

Are You Waiting … by Mary L. Hamilton


Patience is a virtue, and there are reasons why. We want things to happen our way and in our own time. It’s difficult when answers don’t come fast enough or we’re expected to delay gratification. So, today on Seriously Write, author Mary L. Hamilton shares personal experiences and tips to help us survive times of waiting. 
~ Dawn

Are You Waiting …

Is anyone out there good at waiting? I know I’m not. I can really identify with Abraham and Sarah trying to bring about God’s promise of a son through their own efforts. They waited 25 years to see God’s promise come true. There must have been times when they wondered if they’d misunderstood or if God had forgotten. Maybe He changed his mind.

I marvel at the patience of this Old Testament couple. The few years I waited before seeing my book published seemed endless. Discouragement and loss of hope are constant battles when our longings continue on and on, unfulfilled. And as Sarah discovered, the success of others around us can be a source of irritation rather than a reason to celebrate as we wait, and wait, and wait. Not that we wish away their success, but it stabs at our doubts. Will I ever be published? Will I ever get to open a box full of books with my name on the cover?

Over and over on my writing journey, I asked myself, Who am I writing for? Whose book is this? From the beginning, I devoted this novel—my first—to God. It was a story I felt compelled to write, a story that needed my unique life experiences. But I determined to give it all over to Him. If He wanted it written, He’d provide the words. If He wanted it published, He’d accomplish it.

But oh, the waiting was hard! Especially when other writing friends received contracts and saw their books published. Especially when Doubt whispered in my ear. When Discouragement invaded my heart. When another door closed on my manuscript.

I discovered the best thing to do while waiting is to write something else. Do a blog. Start another story. Get excited about another idea, another plot, because one day the weeks and months and years of waiting will be over. And like Sarah, the day will come when you will laugh and carry in your arms your very own box of books with your name on the cover.



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Summer camp is no fun for Brady McCaul. The camp bully targets him with cruel taunts and teasing, and flips his canoe to keep him from winning the race. But worst of all, Brady’s mom won’t let him come home. She doesn’t want him living with her anymore. Does anyone, even God, care about him?

Can Brady figure out what he did to earn Mom’s rejection and change her mind by week’s end? Or will he have to live with his workaholic dad, the guy who left when Brady was seven?

All seems lost until a surprising secret changes everything. 





Mary L. Hamilton is an award-winning author whose debut novel released in 2013. Mary grew up at a camp much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. She hates waiting but loves the outdoors and nature, as well as opening her home to youth Bible studies, pancake suppers and breakfast with her special recipe waffles. She and her husband live near Houston, TX, within range of her three grown children.

Connect with Mary:
Twitter: @mhamilton122


12 comments:

  1. Great encouragement here, Mary, and I'm with you on Abraham and Sarah. That old devil has a way of slithering in and stabbing writers with doubt and discouragement, doesn't he? Thanks for sharing your journey today. :)

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    1. Yes, he does Dora. And he often throws in a jab of envy, too, that we need to guard against. Thank you!

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  2. What a great post, Mary! It really comforted my heart this morning. I need to put those questions over my desk to remind myself each morning Who commissioned the work.

    Thank you for such a great reminder!

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    1. Thank you, Angie! May the Lord bless your work in every way!

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  3. Beautiful encouragement that I needed today! Thanks for sharing from your heart, Mary!

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    1. So glad I could be the one to deliver encouragement! God bless you.

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  4. Wonderful post. In our society where we want, and usually get, instant everything we have forgotten how to wait. Thanks for reminding us to wait on God's timing.

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    1. We have forgotten how to wait. How very true, Terri. Thank you!

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  5. Mary, thanks for sharing your struggle with waiting. I generally have a lot of patience. But, I’m a “doer,” so I occasionally experience times when I get frustrated and tired of waiting on other people to make things happen. Your words are a helpful reminder today that everything works best in God’s timing.

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    1. Dawn, don't you think God must chuckle at our impatience? What's a few hours, weeks, years when you look at it from hHis eternal perspective? If only we could see it that way!

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  6. H Mary, oh, patience is so very hard for me...this gift of the Spirit. And your advice is so sound: while waiting on one project, start another! Hard sometimes, though. Your cover and excerpt so intrigue me. God bless and best wishes always.

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    1. Tanya, patience is hard when we care deeply. God must have given you a very deep heart! Thank you and God bless you, too!

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