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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, August 24, 2015

LESSON 4: WORTHWHILE AIN’T NECESSARILY EASY (OR QUICK)! - Guest Blogger Lillian Duncan



Habakkuk 2: 3 (KJV)
For the vision is yet for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it.

I recently released a short non-fiction book entitled GOD, LIFE & HULA HOOPS:
Photo Courtesy of Pixabay
SPIRITUAL LISTENING LESSONS. It's meant to be light-hearted but with a serious message. This devotion is from Spiritual Listening Lesson 4. 

It took me fifteen years to get my first traditional contract. That’s right! Fifteen years! Fifteen years of writing. Fifteen years of rejections. Fifteen years of coming close but still not getting that contract.

To say I was frustrated was a bit of an understatement. I was firmly convinced God wanted me to be a writer so I didn’t understand why it wasn’t happening. If God wanted me to do it, wouldn’t he make it easy for me?

Absolutely not! 

God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus. And look at all she and Joseph went through—shunned; humiliated; chased out of her homeland; and watching her son die on the cross.
Worthwhile ain’t necessarily easy or quick!

And then there’s Moses God gave him the assignment of leading the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. It took Moses more than forty years, and in the end he didn’t get to go into the Promised Land even though the new generation of Israelites did.

Worthwhile ain’t necessarily easy or quick!

Just because God wants us to do something doesn’t it’s going to be easy. Just as parents know (or should know) if you make everything too easy for a child, they won’t grow up—they won’t mature. God knows that as well. After all, He is the perfect parent!

It wasn’t quick or easy, but all those years of perseverance were worth it! Four years and ten contracts later, writing still brings me so much joy. But what would have happened if I’d quit in year ten? Year thirteen? Year fourteen and a half?

When I’m asked what advice I would give to unpublished writers, I always include DON’T QUIT!

Life is like that. As I write this, it’s been more than three years since I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors—and believe me, it hasn’t been easy or quick. There’s been countless times in the past 3 ½ years when I wanted to throw in the towel. Give up. Quit.

 Instead, I’ve learned to keep my eyes on Jesus, knowing that he will see me through once again. 

It doesn’t matter what goals or dreams you have, you’ve got to stick to it. If you quit, you won’t get there. Doesn’t matter if it’s to learn to play a piano, lose weight, be a writer, or even to hula hoop.

If you quit, it won’t happen.

Worthwhile ain’t necessarily easy or quick!

BIO:

Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder &mayhem!
Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us.
 
Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com

GOD, LIFE & HULA HOOPS BLURB:

God uses the oddest things to teach us what he wants us to learn—what we need to learn in order to have a better life. I’m sure there are weirder examples, but God used the hula hoop to teach me new things, give me more wisdom, and clarify some old ideas for me.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. It’s not been an easy journey, nor is it over. But God has held my hand every step of the way. 2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us to comfort others just as we have been comforted by God.
In God, Life & Hula Hoops, I share some of the spiritual lessons that have helped me during this difficult time in hopes that you will be comforted as well.
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Thanks Lillian for guest blogging while I recover from surgery.

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