Trust and Obey

I finally submitted the first book of The Weldon Series to an agent whom I met at the ACFW Conference. You may wonder why I’ve been stalling. The conference was in September. My manuscript was finished. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The manuscript is never finished, never perfect.

Open doors are few and far between for unpublished writers. That’s why I wanted to make sure to send my very best work.  I’m impulsive by nature. However, for once in my life, I waited. Even now, I worry about grammar errors, typos, word choices, etc. I reviewed the final version of the manuscript this morning and saw an error on the first page of Chapter 2. And so, I had to close the document and let go.

In two weeks, I will send the manuscript to an editor who requested to see the first five chapters. I’m hopeful I’ll have an agent by then.  If not, I’ll polish more and try other avenues.

I know God’s hand is on this project. The first draft of book two is finished.  I started outlining the third book of the series last week. In book three, the protagonist, a retired bank executive plans to use her wealth to start a drug rehabilitation facility for women. My next plan of action is to research recovery facilities for women.

At the Rotary luncheon on last Friday, I found myself sitting across from the guest speaker. To my astonishment, I discovered she is the director of Haven 4 Change, a drug recovery center for women. God arranged for me to meet this inspiring woman. When I start to doubt myself, God has been faithful to provide the resources and people I need. My job is to trust and obey, to yield completely to His will. I am in awe of the great God I serve.

What is God asking you to do? Are you afraid? Do you doubt your skills? I’m reminded of the old hymnal, “Trust and Obey.” 

I may never be a published writer, however, “I am happy in Jesus when I trust and obey.” 

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Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

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