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I'm Stepping Out

and it scares me to death.

No, not on my husband, but I'm stepping out on faith. You know how easy it is to tell others to 'trust the Lord. He'll help you through it..' and 'Don't worry. God's in control'  and the rest of the blather you hear around other Christians.
I'm not trying to be disrespectful ~ not in the least ~ but I know how it feels when a friend, instead of listening to my worry or frustrations says those canned-type of answers.

And I also know that it's harder to do than to say.
How would I know? Because I, too, have said those very same words to friends. I know, right? Hello! Canned answer coming your way in 3...2...1

...and you see your friend roll their eyes.
But one thing I have found, that if I tell someone I'm going to pray for them, I don't mean it as a canned answer to their problems. I mean it as an encouragement. A help. I don't know what else I could do in their situation, so I rely on those phrases.

How easy it is for us to tell someone else to step out on faith because God's bigger than that...and ...He'll guide you...but when it's our turn?

Wait a doggone minute! Now you're using my own phrases against me? What's up with that?!

As I get older, I realize that my friends~my true friends~aren't giving me a canned answer. They're trying to do the same as me ~ give me hope and comfort in whatever situation I'm dealing with. Another thing I realize? That I appreciate those canned answers a lot more from certain people. You know the ones I'm talking about.

The ones that mean it.

So, what am I stepping out on faith on? I just signed up to attend the Florida Christian Writer's Conference in Leesburg, FL. While this isn't my first conference, it will be my first 'major' one. Yeah. That's right. The ones where you hobnob and talk to agents, publishers, and editors (oh my! Sorry. Couldn't resist. Should have, but didn't.) and you try to sell your work to someone that is interested in you as a writer and as a person.

Want to know a secret? Well, not really a secret, but a fact just doesn't seem to do it justice.
I'm scared. 
Why, you ask?
I'll be alone. All by myself. Way way way out of my comfort zone with a group of...
agents, publishers, and editors.
And I'm going to try to talk to them.

So please. Feel free to send along those canned answers, because right now,
I'd appreciate every single one of them!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. - Philippians 4:6

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