Friday, March 6, 2020

Hope in the Lord by Melinda V. Inman

Meme with typewriter

Hope in the Lord

I’m at a crossroad. My latest novel just published. I’m working on my first non-fiction project. My husband is newly retired. We’re praying for discernment of God’s purpose in retirement. And, just as a pandemic threatens the world, I feel and see symptoms of my autoimmune disease worsening. These are the tests that refine us.

We’re scanning the horizon, searching for the Lord’s direction. We wait to see how he will lead us, because my illness factors into every consideration, altering and complicating our plans.

Many authors have chronic illnesses. These are widespread throughout the writing community. When we meet, we swap medical stories. None of us wanted to have this in common, but we do. Only God knows why, and he has a purpose. We can merely surmise the reasons and apply truths inherent in this experience. No matter what, in every scenario, our lives are in God’s hands.

God uses our words to encourage a suffering world. Lessons learned during suffering apply to anyone who goes through hardship. Crafting uplifting and strengthening words allows us to minister to readers who suffer in similar ways. The Lord opens the door.

We can impress upon others the necessity of selfcare—a basic human need—as we tend to our immune systems, so important in this pandemic. Writers spend enormous amounts of time bent over laptops in positions that stress our bodies. When the flow of the words and the plot of the story take over, we forget to notice our posture, to stand and stretch, and to take frequent drinks of water. These are common omissions that weaken our bodies, contributing to illnesses.

Chronic illness requires us to care for our bodies, so we can keep them functional. We must wait upon Jesus for the strength to do our work each day. We must cry out to him for guidance about what he would have us to do, now that this daily difficulty has come to pass. Our path is muddied and our way uncertain. We can easily lose sight of our purpose. Our eyes must remain fixed on Jesus in every situation, now as always.

Meme that states Isaiah 40: 28-31

Isaiah begins: “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” Surely, you’re aware of this incredibly significant information, he implies. God, the everlasting God, the One who reigns forever, the Creator, well, he never grows tired and weary. Unlike us, he’s always on the job, carrying us along, moving us forward, orchestrating everything for our good.

His understanding is above our comprehension. All of us, no matter our health, must trust the Lord, hoping in and waiting on him, regardless of the situation. It’s essential. God empowers the weak. He gives strength to the weary. He helps those who falter. We need his help.

Will we trust him?

The Creator causes us to soar on wings like eagles, to rise above our physical constraints, to run and not grow weary. Only the Lord can empower us not to grow faint or discouraged, no matter the crisis. We rely on him alone, no matter what, even during a pandemic and a bad season of influenza.

Will we hope in and wait on him?

Whether sick or well, all human beings, writers or not, find ourselves facing times of questions and times of difficulties. What will we do? Will we run wildly off without his guidance? Or will we wait, pausing in trust?

The knowledge that the Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak is like finding an oasis in the desert. Weariness, pain, and malaise are my daily companions. And yet, for God’s work done in God’s way, he has always given the necessary strength. If he has work for me to do, he will strengthen me for it, even if it’s written from bed.

My only certainty is in my God. I wait upon him to renew my strength, to give me energy for his project, whatever it is, no matter how long the recovery time afterward and no matter the current crisis.

Will I listen to his guidance? Will you?


Many authors have chronic illnesses. Only God knows why, and he has a purpose. #SeriouslyWrite #Encouragement via @MelindaVInman
God uses our words to encourage a suffering world. #SeriouslyWrite #Encouragement via @MelindaVInman
Whether sick or well, all human beings, writers or not, find ourselves facing times of questions and times of difficulties. What will we do? #SeriouslyWrite #Encouragement via @MelindaVInman



The Shadows Come
The Shadows Come


Sequel to No Longer Alone
(WW1 Based on a True Story)

Germany threatens all of Europe. Millions have died. President Woodrow Wilson makes the declaration that the United States must enter the Great War to rescue our allies. Congress approves. Our story begins. In America’s heartland, everyone hunkers down to provide food for the world and resources for the war effort. A draft is necessary, and all young men must register. One by one, these are called to war. With this threat looming, Prentis and Avery raise the necessary horsepower, cultivate the needed crops, and contribute their labors to the Red Cross.

But crises at home, an insidious busybody, and one after another called up to fight in Europe bring the greatest dangers they’ve ever faced together. Then there’s the influenza pandemic. Will they survive the war abroad and the war being waged at home, threatening their love and their lives? Will their loved ones make it home again?


Melinda Inman, author of Fallen; Refuge;
No Longer Alone; and The Shadows Come

Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer’s cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives.

Connections:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MelindaVInman/
Website: https://melindainman.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelindaVInman
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/melindavinman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00GFYI0RU




10 comments:

  1. Very true Melinda. God gives us our story so we can share it and help others.

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    1. And, it's a unique story for each one of us! I'm glad for his guidance. Thanks for commenting, Yvonne.

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  2. Living with chronic illness, either our own or one of our family members, is a daily challenge. But what it has taught me is to savor each moment. To be thankful for the small mercies in each situation. To notice how God provides and protects on this hard journey. And to trust God, even in the unknown and the mystery of life. Blessings dear Melinda. May you feel God’s presence in your daily walk.

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    1. Those are the best lessons of chronic illness! Anne, I'm so glad you shared this! Savoring the moment, being thankful for the small mercies, noticing God's provision and protection, trusting God in the unknown -- these are beautiful realities we learn and enjoy. Thank you for sharing this list of how the Lord is blessing you every day in your own chronic illness family journey.

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  3. I think this statement you made is truly the heart of our existence: "No matter what, in every scenario, our lives are in God’s hands." I suppose when we really embrace that, peace should ensue. May that be true in your life daily, Melissa. Thank you for your transparency and your heart for the beauty in life that is mixed in with the trouble. Life is a paradox.

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    1. It indeed is a paradox, Lisa. Peace should follow when we embrace the reality that our lives are in God's hands, yet walking in that reality every single moment of every single day is the challenge. The beauty in life is worth persevering and sifting through each day's trouble.

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  4. Melinda, I didn't know you were working on a nonfiction project. I'm currently reading and almost finished with "The Shadows Come." I love how you've used Isaiah 40 here. I "know" and I have "heard" and these things about our God, I'm clinging to!

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    1. Reply below, Karen. Somehow about this time of the day, I'll always mess up the reply string. :)

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  5. I'm thrilled that you're reading through The Shadows Come, dear Karen! I hope you're enjoying it. I LOVE writing fiction. But a friend of mine who was a publicist long ago encouraged me to take the blog posts I've been writing on Hebrews and compile them into a book. And that is the project.

    Now Isaiah: Isn't this such an uplifting passage! It's so easy to forget and to not know these things that we should so easily remember. This psalm really is such an encouragement, especially when facing the challenges of continuing to serve the Lord while battling a chronic illness. I'm glad he carries us along and enables us to do the projects he has planned for us!

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  6. Wonderful writing. So, encouraging. Thanking God for Grace upon the life of His inspiring writers, serving in purpose for His glory.

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