Sometimes in our writing career, we get blindsided by an unexpected event that temporarily throws us off course. It could be a family situation, a medical diagnosis, or a job loss. Whatever the situation, we suddenly find ourselves facing a circumstance that diverts our full attention from our writing. What can we do?
1) Stop and stay calm. Panic gets us nowhere and stifles sound thinking. The best way to stop and stay calm is to stay focused on Jesus. Isaiah 26:3 states: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Focusing on Jesus arouses our trust in Him. When we are at peace, we can think straight.
2) Remember that God is ordering your steps. Our Lord knows exactly what is happening in your life. It is of no surprise to Him. He also knows that He will see you through as you trust in Him. No matter what happens to us, we can know that all things work together for our good because we love God (Romans 8:38). As you look back in the future, you will see that God has brought good out of a bad situation.
3) Be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself time to grieve. If God remembers that you are flesh (Psalm 78:39), so should you.
Are you going through a difficult time right now? Do you need help regrouping? If so, please share so that we may pray for you.
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