Canceling the Contingency Plan

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It’s been bubbling up inside me for a while now: a new little dream percolating like rich coffee, waiting for me to add cream and sugar and maybe even a dollop of ice cream and some sprinkles.

The more I speak it out loud, the more true it sounds, the more it seems like something I could actually do.

I want to write a devotional book.

The specifics, I don’t know. Do you? I spoke to author and (in)courage founder Holley Gerth this weekend and somehow this spilled forth from me, brown coffee stains on my shirt and a burnt lip. I told her what I know: being a mom of little ones, frazzled and on my face in front of God, not even being able to voice a prayer some days.

I can’t even stick to a Bible reading plan and I think I can help other women? It’s a lie from the Devil, that I have no willpower, no self-control. I can do all through Him – all and even more.

“Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, The Message

With every ounce of me, I know I am a writer. I know God’s gift to me is words to paper, Times New Roman to computer screen. My heart burns to share Him through words.

So hold me to it, won’t you? Walk with me. Be my Jiminy Cricket and remind me when the words are held back and children scream and nothing seems right, that I am stamped with the Yes.

[This weekend at Blissdom, Jeff Goins encouraged us to write something dangerous and link it up at his page. This is it. You can read others’ dangerous words there, too. Linked up with Elizabeth Esther at the Saturday Evening Blog Post, too.]

21 thoughts on “Canceling the Contingency Plan

  1. You can do this, Jessie! You write from what you know … and you know crazy days with little ones and spilt coffee and not enough sleep but a heart that longs to see grace and truth.

    You are a writer … and I want a copy of that book!!

  2. I made the leap and started over thanks to Jeff! I have had a book idea in my head for close to a year, but haven’t had the guts to put it out there!

    You are one of the women I was hoping to meet up with and missed this weekend. Oh well, there’s always the next one!

  3. Love this Jessie. More moms need to know that this place that God has called us to is not a place where we dry-up spiritually in between changing diapers & kissing booboo’s. And even more, our desire to spend time with him, that longing in our hearts is still very much an act of worship. Good luck with this, can’t wait to hear/read more about it!!

  4. Jessie! Do it! Do it now. Start it, write it, finish it. Know that all of us will be waiting with baited breath to read your inspiring words. I have a confession too: I wrote a children’s book. I just haven’t had to time, courage, or know how to even try getting it published. Isn’t that ridiculous? You need to do this, for all of us.

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