Friday, March 9, 2012

Feeling Like An Author—Whatever That Feels Like

Giving birth to my third child, I finally felt like a mother. I still didn't know what I was doing, but I had three little ones running around the house, which proved I knew how to produce.

Well, it's taken three books for me to feel like an author. My first book seemed like a fluke, but it's now in its third printing. My second book arrived unexpectedly. Now We All Married Idiots: Three Things You'll Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten things You Can releases next month. I don't know what I'm doing, but I feel like an author—whatever that feels like.

I'm not sure how an author is supposed to feel, but here are my feelings:

I feel responsibility to speak and write truth. Words influence and I am responsible to represent Christ and be like Christ in every area of my life.

I feel passionate about my Bible reading and prayer time because without this, I can do nothing.

I feel disciplined to exercise and eat right and sleep well so I can sustain the fast pace planned in the months ahead.

I feel trust that God Who gave me this book will give me the energy and wisdom to complete the tasks ahead.

I feel joy knowing that the words God placed in my heart will be read by strangers I could never have reached otherwise.

I feel festive. Writers spend months isolated in their little offices zoning in on the book they are writing. Now I want to celebrate!

I feel different. Writing two books on marriage has made me a more loving and understanding wife. The quality of our marriage skyrocketed.

I feel thankful. I'm in awe of God, Who called me to this ministry and Who teaches me so I can teach others.

I feel obedient to God's call to write and speak. There were other important ways to spend my days, but I said no to them and yes to God. 

I feel blessed by so many friends who pray for me and encourage me on this journey. I thank God for YOU! One of those friends sent me this passage. I love her for it. Sort of sums it all up:

"Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me." Psalm 71:18 (NLT)

I feel blessed that the God Who allowed me to get old and gray has not abandoned me. He allows me to proclaim His power to a new generation as I write of God's mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Splashes of Serenity and Joy to you today,



  1. Love this post Elaine. Praying for you as you prepare for upcoming speaking engagements.

  2. Jody, Thank you for sending me Psalm 71. God uses you and your writing to proclaim to future generations as well. What a blessing to be His servant.

    Love you, sister,

  3. Elaine,

    You are an inspiration for us all. The authenticity and honesty bubble from you. Thank you for modeling for so many of us the path to follow. Your prayer life fuels your author's life. Thank you! :) You go girl! Lifting you in prayer for the months ahead.

    Lisa M Buske


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