Thursday, March 20, 2014

Persistence...Does It Payoff? by Dora Hiers

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Soon after we married, my husband and I began praying for different jobs so we could leave Florida. The constant ninety degree temperatures left me fatigued, and both of us longed for cooler climates. We prayed. And prayed. God told us no...for twenty years.

We'd walk in the evenings, sweat dripping down our necks and backs, sharing our dreams, and talking about where we might live. Sometimes when we felt particularly discouraged, when it didn't feel that God was listening to our prayers, He'd open up a door. An interview, just enough encouragement to keep us knocking on heaven's gate.

In 2007, God finally called us into our promised land, North Carolina, a land flowing with milk and hon...er, seasons. Where trees bud and leaves flutter softly to the ground in a gentle breeze. Where we could tug on sweaters and long pants, instead of the usual shorts and flip flops. Where we learned to appreciate snow and four-wheel drive.

What if we'd given up praying for our dream? Would God have given up on us? No. But He might not have blessed us so abundantly. He moved us smack into the middle of NASCAR country! Hubby thinks he's already in heaven!

Jesus shared the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18, instructing us to "always pray and not give up" and that God wants to bring justice to His chosen ones, the ones who cry out to Him continually.

Many of us started writing with only our dreams. Years stretch into decades, and as we walk the path, sweat drips down our backs. We're fatigued, worn out from sending queries and proposals, and the constant rejections seem to be the only answer to our prayers.

What does God call us to do?

I believe He gave us our marching orders.

Pray. Pray. Pray. Don't give up. Cry out to Him continually.

What if your promised land is right around the next query letter?



What about you? 
Are you weary from the long journey?
Have you considered quitting? What, or who, has kept you going?

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Where one journey ends, another begins…


Dora Hiers is a multi-published author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing romances. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Treasurer for ACFW-Charlotte Chapter. Connect with her here on Seriously Write, her personal blogTwitterFacebook or Pinterest.

12 comments:

  1. "I believe he gave us marching orders..." goes right with my devotions this morning and what God was speaking to me about writing too! The whole theme of perseverance! Beautiful post, Dora!

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    1. I'm always in awe when God shows up like that, speaking to me through His word, and then again reinforcing it with something else later in the morning. So glad these words encouraged you in your writing, Susan. Never give up, girlfriend. From what I read, I believe you're nearing your promised land! xxoo

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  2. LOL...Dora, I'm sitting in FL and know exactly what you're talking about! We're in the process of moving to another location, on ground level to a house this time, and I keep asking myself, "do I want to be in FL?"..... Or at sometime go back to our home state and the lovely four seasons, in Michigan. Our oldest son loves the NASCAR area and lives in SC, often makes trips to the races. I felt like opening this email first this morning, before other emails, and there was a reason. I know our prayers need to be continuous, and we actually did pray often to get back down to ground level and into our own home again, highrise living doesn't count! It's been three years since we left SC after eleven years on a lovely Island, due to some health issues, and
    as much as I think of Michigan, family and friends; the Lord opened a volunteer ministry for my hubby a few months ago and I can see a new season in this area, and a nice writing area for me in our new home. I know NC is beautiful and I laughed about the NASCAR area near you...we've been there, and your prayer life and trust in our Lord took you there. God has reasons, and someday we'll talk together about those! :) Your book sounds good and the cover is great. I'm jetting over to Amazon to order it. I feel like we're kin, as they say in the South....thanks so much for sharing this, Dora. Also, for reading my LONG response! Blessings, Diane

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    1. Wow! Where in FL, Diane? We lived in Temple Terrace, a suburb of Tampa. And this is even more amazing...I was born in Coldwater, MI! Ha! We will have lots of things to chat about one day. I pray that you'll find peace in your new house. Thanks for your kind words. :)

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    2. New Port Richey, Dora....and I know where Temple Terrace is; I attended Florida College years ago. :) I think they were bringing the animals to Bush Gardens at that time! LOL~ And here's an amazing thing...Coldwater isn't far from Hillsdale where I had a four year running weekly column, after we moved to SC~ It's such a small world. Enjoy life in NC~ :)

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    3. Ack! My dad worked in Hillsdale. That's too funny! Small world indeed!!

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  3. hi Dora, wonderful post today. The thing about praying is...it seems so easy to do. You can do it anywhere, any time. Long, short...loud, quiet. But I get so impatient. Anyway, I have only been to Disneyworld where wow, it was hot and drippy. Fun, though. But I will be in North Carolina this fall! Yay,...at present, my journey is full of twists and turns.I'm depending on God to show me the right fork in the road! And I know He will...thanks for being there for me, my friend. I can't wait to sit down with Journey's End! xoxox.

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    1. Hot and drippy is right. It seems like every time we visited Disney, it was that way. Squealing with delight...can hardly wait for you to visit NC!! <3

      Tanya, sometimes praying comes easy, but other times, when it seems like God's not responding and the answer we're dreaming of seems so long in coming, it's tough to keep begging. Hang in there, my sweet friend. Hugs and much love!

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  4. Oh, Dora! I'm with you! I can't stand hot temps. They make me very irritable! LOL That's why I live in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for the great reminder on how important it is to be persistent - in whatever we hope to accomplish!

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    1. Sounds like you live in the right place, Dawn. We visited the PN once. Loved it! I especially love the majestic pine trees that seem to soar right up to heaven. Thanks for popping in today. :)

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  5. Dora - your post hit the nail on the head for me in another area of my life. I'm going to keep knocking on heaven's door and believing.

    Thanks for the perfect post at the perfect time.

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    1. You're welcome, Terri. I'm so glad these words touched your heart. Keep knocking! :)

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