Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I started writing a novel a few years ago.  Sometimes you have to put your writing away for a while and brood over it.  It’s in my head – I just haven’t had the time to sit down and finish it.   I tried opening it a couple weeks ago and was able to find the first few paragraphs, but the rest of the manuscript has disappeared into cyberville.  Maybe it’s floating on someone else’s cloud.

How often do we put things on hold, intending to get at them sometime in the future, but then something happens to deter those plans?  For example we plan to spend more time with our children, but work gets in the way.  We look forward to retirement and health issues bog us down.  We desire to go to a certain university, but can’t make the grade.  Our dreams may include having several children, but miscarriages happen.

Why does God put these obstacles in our way?  I don’t have the answer to that, other than knowing that God has prearranged our lives, according to His will.  There’s nothing we can do to change that, but accept that His will is always for our good.  In the process, He’s molding us – tempering us – designing us for our place in heaven.

In the meantime, that doesn’t hold much water when we’re struggling through these disappointments.  We get discouraged.  We lose hope. We often give up.  This is when Satan moves in and causes us to doubt God’s direction for us.  We become cynical, angry, frustrated and lose faith, but this is also the time when Jesus grabs our hands and says, “It’s OK, I’ve got this.”

My manuscript may show up in one of the packed boxes in our garage, or maybe not.  In any event, maybe I need to focus on something else right now.  The words are still in my head and may come back to me before I drift into dementia, but it really doesn’t matter.  God has a plan for me and I am convinced that the end of the story will live on in eternity.


As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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4 Responses to STUFF HAPPENS

  1. I always ask God first to see whether it’s actually Satan placing roadblocks – not sure your beliefs about that. But I do agree that God places roadblocks too for his own purposes. “designing us for our place in heaven” is a fascinating thought.

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    • says:

      I believe Satan knows our weaknesses and uses them to draw us away from God. In the end, God always wins. Thanks for your comment, Brandon.


  2. claire says:

    I agree about the “eternal vision” . It was one of the most amazing changes of perception after I found Jesus. I’m sure many a story has a happy ending unseen here on earth.
    I commiserate as I also once lost a part book project and had to really try hard to remain positive about it however I later found my next project to be on a far higher literary level. I’d learned in the interim and God blessed me for trusting. I’m sure He will you too.

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    • says:

      Thanks for that encouragement. I know God has a plan in all this too. Surely He knows what He’s doing. Maybe something totally different will come along. I’ll try to remain positive. Thanks for your encouragement

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