Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lost Job, Found God: Life Lesson for Writers by Shannon Redmon

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 

Faith is always easier to read about than when God requires us to put our trust into action. The stories of Bible heroes walking on water or passing through the Red Sea tend to grab our attention and foster up dreams of experiencing supernatural miracles with God. 

But what happens when we, like our Bible heroes are required to put our faith into practice and step into the dark, stormy waters? 

The daily slog through life is often easy, sometimes quite comfortable...until life sways from our carefully laid plans, like I discovered this week when my company decided to cut positions due to COVID-19. 

Mine was one of the positions eliminated. 

Interesting fact: I’d been praying about being a full-time writer for several months. That’s right. Most employees don’t pray to leave their job, but God’s call on my life to write had been weighing on me for several months now. I thought it would be a decision I would make at the appropriate time for my family. 

Clearly, God had a different plan. 

The conviction I’d been praying about wasn’t God trying to nudge me into a decision. Instead, he was giving me a head’s up about what was coming, preparation for the life change in my writing career only He could see. 

I’d love to say that as a faithful follower of Christ, I was joyful when my prayers were answered but instead, I found myself acting like an Old Testament Israelite after God led them out of Egypt.  

I started looking backwards at all I’d be losing and questioning God’s call on my life. I’d lose a connection with good friends or miss out on the satisfaction of accomplishing a great deal. I started to question God. 

So, I had a choice to make… Would I trust God in the new direction he seemed to be taking me? Would I behave like one among the great cloud of witnesses noted in the book of Hebrews whose faith pleased him? 

Instead of getting angry because a situation didn’t go exactly as planned, I ran to God with all of my emotions and found him waiting for me. 

I told him of my disappointment. He took it away. 

I asked him to increase my faith and help me to look forward to our future together, not only in my writing career but in every area of my life. He’s already opened my eyes and mind to the endless creative possibilities. 

Like Abraham, when life doesn’t turn out the way we imagine, we must look to the architect and builder of our faith. We might not know where we are going or where we’ll end up, but we can know to trust the one who leads us to his place of promise.

Like Abraham, when life doesn’t turn out the way we imagine, we must look to the architect and builder of our faith. @Shannon_Redmon @MaryAFelkins #seriouslywrite #faith
We might not know where we are going or where we’ll end up, but we can know to trust the one who leads us to his place of promise. @Shannon_Redmon @MaryAFelkins #seriouslywrite #faith

Shannon Redmon
remembers the first grown up book she checked out from the neighborhood book mobile. A Victoria Holt novel with romance, intrigue, dashing gentlemen and ballroom parties captivated her attention. For her mother, the silence must have been a pleasant break from non-stop teenage chatter, but for Shannon, those stories whipped up a desire and passion for writing. There’s nothing better than the power of a captivating novel, a moving song or zeal for a performance that punches souls with awe. A rainbow displayed after a horrific storm or expansive views on a mountaintop bring nuggets of joy into our lives. Shannon hopes her stories immerse readers into that same kind of amazement, encouraging faith, hope and love, guiding our hearts to the One who created us all. 

Shannon’s writing has been published in Spark magazine, Splickety magazine, the Lightning Blog, The Horse of My Dreams a compilation book with other authors published by Revell, and the Seriously Write blog. Her stories have been selected as a semi-finalist and finalist of the ACFW Genesis Contest and won first place in the Foundation’s Awards. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. The StoryMoore Blog is named in memory of her father, Donald Eugene Moore. 

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Shannon's debut, Cave of Secrets, released in October and is available for purchase on Amazon.

8 comments:

  1. Shannon, wow! I love what you said about God preparing you for what was coming. I think He often does that when we’re willing to listen.

    I hope being a full-time writer is everything you’ve dreamed of. I’m looking forward to reading your books!

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    1. I agree, Terri. He does prepare us. Often time we think timing of events in our lives are coincidences, but God often uses timing to get our attention so we will trust him and be obedient to the events he has planned for us. I'm certainly looking forward to what God has in store. Thank you for your thoughts!

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  2. It always amazes me when I pray for something and God answers in the exact way I need to equip me upcoming changes or challenges. Ongoing congrats on book release and all the ones to come after it!

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    1. Thank you so much Mary! He amazes me too and he is always faithful especially in some of life's darkest moments.

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  3. Thanks for your encouraging message, Shannon!

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  4. Great message of encouragement, Shannon! I hope life as a full-time writer will be filled with blessings for you.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Blessings, Patti Jo :)

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    1. Thank you Patti Jo! I'm looking forward to what God's got planned, not only for me, but for all of our SW readers!

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