Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Are You Tired? You’re Not Alone By Marie Wells Coutu

Everyone seems to be wearied by 2020. 

The pandemic, the election, hurricanes, fires, a derecho*, illnesses and deaths of loved ones, layoffs and closed businesses, canceled events. Even Black Friday will be different this year, to avoid “spreader” crowds. 

We’re just so tired of it all. 

On Facebook, Kermit the Frog declared he would not set his clock back when Daylight Saving Time ended. “I don’t want another hour of 2020,” he said. 

I get it. 

This post is as much for me as for you. 

This year has brought rejections, an even tighter publishing market, little time or motivation to write—it all adds up to discouragement about the writing career. 

Apparently, the early Christians struggled with discouragement, too. The apostle Paul wrote: “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9, ESV). 

Just because circumstances don’t work out the way we want or expect doesn’t mean God has abandoned us. He is still God, and He is still working in our lives. He doesn’t want us to give up. That dead end or chasm in the road ahead may require only a slight detour. 

If God has called you to write stories that reveal Him to the world, know that He will make a way for your stories to impact someone. 

Keep writing, keep seeking His face, keep trusting. And maybe, in your discouragement, you can reach out to a fellow writer who’s also struggling. Encourage one another. 

Remember that God is faithful and true. The stories you write may reveal His truth to someone who needs to hear it. 

* Derecho: a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that move across a great distance and are characterized by damaging winds. Powerful Derecho Leaves Path of Devastation Across Midwest

If God has called you to write stories that reveal Him to the world, know that He will make a way for your stories to impact someone. @mwcoutu @MaryAFelkins #amwriting #SeriouslyWrite #encouragement

Marie Wells Coutu
finds beauty in surprising places, like old houses, gnarly trees, and forgotten treasures. When she’s not writing about finding restoration and healing through God-designed journeys, she enjoys taking broken things and making them useful. She is currently working on historical romance novels set in the 1930s. One manuscript won the 2019 Touched by Love Contest and the 2019 Sheila Contest, and a second novel also won in the Sheila Contest. Her published novels are women’s contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, For Such a Moment, won the Books of Hope Contest. The Secret Heart, her newest release, and Thirsting for More, the second book in the series, were finalists in several contests. 

You can find more about Marie and her novels on her Facebook author page and  her website, MarieWellsCoutu.com
You can follow her on Twitter @mwcoutu or on Amazon.