But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. ~ James 1:6
Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us. – Oswald Chambers
The 2013 ACFW Conference is just a mere 17 days away. What does faith have to do with a writer’s conference you ask? Everything if you write Christian fiction. The two are entwined like caterpillars and butterflies. You can’t have one without the other.
Faith in the story God has given you. Faith for the right words to tell it. Faith that it will bring those who read it one step closer to Him. Faith that God will guide you to the right agent, and the right publisher at the right time.
Faith that you will have the faith to see it all through without losing your mind.
God is in the faith business and so are we when we write to glorify Him. He wants us to trust Him to be our Divine agent. To trust that He has already made all of the necessary preparations for us to succeed in our walk with Him and our writing career. Take a deep breath and smile at how far He has brought you. Thank Him for His inspiration and then ask Him for the desires of your heart regarding your conference appointments and career. Psalm 37:4 promises that if we, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” All we need to do is Pray. Trust. Believe.
Avoid being like the wave described above in the book of James, tossed to and fro by whichever way the wind blows or by whatever an agent or editor might say or might not say. And believe that no matter what happens, God will be standing right by your side.
And at the end of every story, fictional or otherwise, that’s all that really matters.