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We have the perfect excuse not to let God work in our lives. But what if we went beyond the horizon of our own understanding and trusted in God to guide us? What more could we achieve? And He brings people into our lives who help to make this possible. Linda Rohrbough, award-winning author, entrepreneur, and writing-coach, tells a unique story of surrender that gave God the opportunity to bless her life.
In , she was invited to a luncheon in Amarillo, Texas, a six-hour drive from where she was living at the time. Her writer friend Jodi Thomas was hosting a best-selling author and distinguished editor, and encouraged Linda to stay the weekend and meet them. Linda arrived late the evening before, and so did Jodi, coming home from a long book tour.
When Linda came downstairs the next morning, Jodi was busy preparing food and looked exhausted. Linda worked alongside her, but before everything was ready, they had a houseful of guests. In the living room, writers gathered around the famous author and editor as if being told the secret password to getting published. Linda faced a dilemma: should she continue helping with the food, or start networking? She had given up the weekend to meet the best-selling author in particular, one of her all-time favorites, Debbie Macomber.
Perhaps Debbie might even give her some advice about breaking into the fiction market. Listening to her heart, she surrendered her expectations to God. What started as helping to get the food served, ended with helping to clear it away, and Linda had barely spoken to either of the luminary guests. Resentment and frustration could have gnawed at her throughout the afternoon. She had not been pro-active in advancing her career. In her heart, she was glad to have helped her friend, and in her mind, she was sure God would see to her writing. After the last business card was exchanged, guests said their good-byes, well-fed and inspired.
Linda dried her hands on a damp dishtowel, not looking forward to the long drive home. Jodi thanked her profusely for pulling off a seamless luncheon, and then asked if she wanted to her and Debbie for a tour of Amarillo. Well, Linda accepted. On their outing, Debbie told about her long-term struggle with weight gain. She felt it was a roadblock in her faith , something that God wanted her to fix, and yet she failed, time and again.
Suddenly it seemed that God was connecting the dots. In return, Debbie helped Linda with her writing and endorsed her work. A trusting friendship formed. Debbie has lost over 80 pounds, and the roadblock in her faith is gone, allowing her to see God at work in her life through other people. She allowed God to work in her life when she took her vocation outside her church. Paula was plenty busy working within her church, serving a congregation of hundreds. She prayed about it and was heard.
At a town association meeting, the director of a local pregnancy center made an appeal for volunteers to cook meals for their night classes. I know God has been working in this. Now Paula was committed to serving outside the security of her church. Not only did she have to make time to prepare lessons and attend classes, she had to face her fear of reaching out to those who might reject her beliefs.
The first night arrived and she stood before the young single mothers, feeling anxious. They wore their doubt like a spiked robe. Or what if they retreated even further into darkness? She prayed that God would speak through her, and then she did the only thing she could and opened her heart to the women. After the first class, the director noted how well everyone paid attention.
Paula blushed, admitting that as an interpreter for the deaf, she tended to be animated. At the end of the course, Paula offered a challenge to the women: that they read Proverbs every day and see if God speaks to them through any of the verses. Shortly thereafter, I came across an opportunity at The National Arts Club and applied to volunteer in local high schools as a writing workshop leader. Having attended a small Catholic school in Upstate New York, every muscle in my body went weak the first time I walked into a school the size of a city block, passing through metal detectors and ing in with a security officer.
Students greeted me with hard stares and skepticism as I struggled to keep a steady voice. I showed up the first day and asked if they needed another workshop leader. Frazier was hesitant, understandably. There I was, a small-statured, fair-haired woman with an eager smile, not the one to step in if a fight were to break out or a problem were to arise from mental illness or drug abuse. My own family thought I was taking an unnecessary risk, and my grandmother, for the first time in my life, asked me to give up on an idea.
But I was determined to serve, and over time, the dedicated group of ten or twelve men and women taught me, one of the leaders, how to write with an open and honest heart. By building the confidence of others through writing, I became more confident as a writer.
Imagine that! I asked God to use me to make a difference, but He needed to make a difference in me, as well. How did I let Him work in my life? It started when I followed Him into the high schools and saw how much hope lies beyond the horizon. Watch Paula by clicking on any of the sermons at www. Debbie Macomber's books can be found on her website: www. She has spoken on the topic of writing in NYC high schools and at St. She founded Lift the Lid, Inc. Learn more about Sara and Lift the Lid, Inc. Sara Goff Lift the Lid, Inc. Follow Crosswalk. Why Does Worship Involve Singing?Let god work in your life
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