“Never let a computer know you’re in a hurry.
Ever have one of those weeks where everything seems to pile up? Of course you have — we all have — but I’ll bet when that happens to some of you, you don’t go TILT like we HM-CDQ types do (high-maintenance caffeinated drama queen), do you??
Poor Keith, he always jokes that when I have a bad day, he pays, and as much as I’d like to tell you that this Christian author who loves God with all of her heart handles those stressful times with calm and grace … I can’t.
Yesterday was one of those days, and so was this week, for that matter. I’m three months behind on my book deadline, am in the process of pubbing A Light in the Window in paperback in time for Christmas, desperately trying to get Romance-ology 101 into ebook format in time for various ads I’ve purchased, am promo-ing the free download for A Passion Most Pure, the release of Romance-ology 101 and A Light in the Window, trying to meet several blog deadlines, and all while desperately trying to get up to speed (and sync up) my new iPad Mini, new iPhone and Mac.
Which is pretty par for any of us in this sophisticated world of technology, I know, but for those of us who are technologically illiterate, it gets pretty darn stressful. Thus the scenario this weekend when I received both the print proof for ALITW (with problems) at the same time as the digital proof for Romance-ology (with LOTS of problems) at the same time I was having major website problems (the main reason Journal Jots is late this week), all compounded by a note from my accountant informing me that tax info is due on Tuesday. I literally sat on my deck, head swimming, not sure what to tackle first since they are ALL due ASAP. Uh, and did you notice no writing was mentioned??? It didn’t take long for me to spin out of control, tears streaming and confidence sinking. And ALL this after I had just spent precious time with God in prayer and His Word!
“Gosh, babe, I feel so bad for you,” Keith said, “can I get you anything — coffee, iced tea, popcorn?”
My chin quivered as more tears slithered my cheeks, his kindness and sympathy such a balm to my soul. “Can you pray for me?” I rasped, so very desperate to embrace the calm that I know that I know that I know Jesus has for each of us in situations like this.
“Sure, babe,” he says, and placing his hand on my shoulder, he stood there over my chair, his words — so soft and low — going something like this …
“God, please help Julie to get done everything she needs to get done …”
Sniff. Yes, Lord, please …
“But, Lord, please help her to do it with a cheerful heart …”
Wait a minute … excuse me???
“Show her that it’s her attitude that needs to change here and not the situation …”
Beep, beep … back the truck up — this situation sucks pondwater, mister …
“And that she needs to do everything unto the Lord, with joy and thanksgiving …”
Are you freakin’ kidding me — I’m drowning here!!
“Because each of these things — her books, her computer, all the technology that is so very frustrating to her right now — are all blessings that other people would kill for, all gifts from Your hand, each of which You have every intention of seeing her through.”
“So thank you for all You have given her. Help her to take a deep breath, give every worry and fear to You, and enjoy every task (i.e. blessing) You have so graciously bestowed, knowing in doing so, she is demonstrating both her love for You and her trust in You and Your Word.”
“In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Heavy sigh. “Thanks, babe, I needed that.”
Hugs and Happy Weekend … and DO come chat with me, Carrie Turanksy and Joanne Bischof at Carrie’s online FB party chat on Tuesday to win books and prizes. Details below!
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Joanne and I will be calling in as Carrie’s special guests, and we will be giving away copies of our books too! Please RSVP by checking you are going at the link below, and we will send you a reminder so you don’t miss the fun and prizes including Downton Abbey DVDs, Calendar, and Cookbook, tea and teacups!
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