Wednesday, September 29, 2010

8 Things I’m Learning


Keeping it simple on this I 8 Wednesday. If you’re not learning, you’re not livin’. There’s my new quote. Need a T-shirt brandishing those exact words.

Here’s what I’m learning:


  1. What life looks like in the waiting room. My manuscript generated interest. Exceptionally cool. So now I wait. God has been teaching me a lot about trust in this time. Love that I have a new novel brewing.

  2. Read this post by Courtney Fassler Walsh for my #2. Blew me away.

  3. How insanely in love I am with dogs. Already planning how we’ll afford number two next summer.

  4. How insanely masochistic it is to be part of the publishing industry. Did I mention the wait? (Sara Richardson writes about waiting on her cool blog, Hope to Life today.) And mine has been a puny wait so far. Laughable. A wee little wait. God laughs. I laugh. I hear you laughing. You can stop now.

  5. What it feels like to have a gay sister whom I love deeply.

  6. How much God desires my attention when about 100,000 things compete for it at any given moment.

  7. How to intentionally secure time with my husband and to exert heaping amounts of energy lovin’ into my children.

  8. What it’s like to live without a dad. How to break from the sadness this inspires and live joyfully because I’m alive and here for a reason. For a time.

    What are you learning?

*photo by flickr
**Check out my article in Exemplify this month,
When It Is Time to Heal from a Broken Relationship

25 comments:

  1. I'm learning about God's provision: how he knows before we know what we truly need to become someone we have not yet understood. This is where faith matter so much. We need to trust him because of his character, not because life makes sense at the moment.

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  2. I like your quote! You are learning some good things, and some tough things. Hadn't thought of it like this, but I guess we all are. Thanks for the thoughts.

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  3. I'm learning patience and persistance of prayer.
    And how blessed I am to still have my mother around even though at times she makes me want to pull my hair out.

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  4. Loved this post, Wendy. I'm learning that writing is a lot more enjoyable when I put it in its proper place...that is, AFTER God and my family. :)

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  5. Ha, I'm in the waiting room too! May we wait with grace. :-)

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  6. How delighted I am that you planted seeds at the convention. I hope they bear huge harvests!

    I'm learning what everyone meant when they said as your parents age, you change roles. Trying to find my way in the maze, with my mom across the country and her REFUSAL to even consider moving closer to us. Whew!

    Love you,
    Jen

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  7. The biggest think I'm learning at the moment is that with true obedience sometimes comes the act of giving up things that you hold dear.

    God is in the waiting, dear Wendy! But you already knew that. I wish we could get together for coffee. I miss you.

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  8. Number 7 touched my heart. I need to be intentional! :O)

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  9. wendy, I love the things you are learning. Amazing stuff. I am learning balance and focus, mostly. I tend to flit around mentally and find it difficult to invest my full intention in the 100,000 vying for it at any given time. Tricky.

    Thanks for linking my blog too. You don't know how awesome it is to know that I'm not the only one who needed that this week!

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  10. I'm learning a pattern. Every time God is moving in a big way, in my life, in my church, in my town, Satan drops a big distraction right in the middle. I'm learning to identify when that is going on and trying to keep my focus on God and ignore the distraction.
    It's harder in practice than in theory. But I'm learning.

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  11. I'm learning to be grateful. I'm learning to see the cup half-full again (I used to, not as much anymore). I'm learning that God does things without my permission - ha! I'm thankful for you, Wendy. Thank you for sharing your soul.

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  12. I'm learning that there are areas where I have not fully put my trust in God. Ouch. Through trials He is showing me those areas, and teaching me that in all things He is God. What reason do I have to fear!

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  13. Patience. Long drawn out waiting and waiting and waiting... I'm getting it so good at it I might consider going pro. ;) I feel like I'm involved in Olympic style training of the sit on the sidelines and pray variety. BUT, the Lord really is speaking loudly and is showing me mercy and HOPE. How can I feel destitute while I have all this hope? ;) I heart you Wendy!

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  14. I've had a lot of lessons in forgiveness lately.

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  15. Hi Wendy! These are all really good. Your manuscript generated some interest? That's so, so exciting. I'll pray that it reaches the right eyes and sells!

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  16. I'm learning to let self-criticism roll off my back and trust that God has a purpose for my writing and my life.

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  17. I'm learning to trust God with the hard things and the impossible right now.
    Thank you for sharing so honestly.

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  18. Thos two blog posts you linked to were AWESOME! I'm learning that God's timing is never my timing and thank the Lord, because His timing is always better than mine.

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  19. I'm learning God can be trusted with our deepest dreams, desires, and dreads.

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  20. Beautiful post. It's so important that we see our learning, even in the little things like loving our pets. I'm learning to call to God to take over when the going gets tough.

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  21. I am learning to wait. And wait. and wait...

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  22. I'm learning, my writing has to wait for now, as my role as a parent caregiver increases.

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  23. Hi Wendy -

    I'm learning to trust God with every aspect of my life and to reject fear.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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