Guest post by Martha Ramirez
“Rejections are often gifts of direction.” –Paul Young
This quote is hanging on my refrigerator under a Footprints magnet. It is one of my favorite quotes and when times get tough, it helps get me through that ripple in the road.
5:30 a.m. the alarm clock rings for Hubby. I contemplate if I should rise and shine, and fire up the good old laptop, but instead I yawn. Exhaustion whispers that I need to sleep in longer. Just a little longer. After all, my four-year-old has bionic ears and somehow knows when I get up. Thus, my plans are now not what they seemed to be.
6:30 a.m. rolls around and I peek open an eye. I decide to get up and start what I finished. And of course by this, I mean where I left off in my writing, but first I go through my emails. It generally takes me an hour to go over them. During this time I also read up on agent’s and author’s blogs and enlighten my brain some.
So here I am, just about to dive into my writing, when a little hand tugs my arm and interrupts me. “Hug, Mommy, hug.”
I smile and allow myself a short break, even though I haven’t accomplished much yet.
Ah, the story of my life. The day pretty much gets interrupted by this loving hand that demands a hug or a walk to the park.
But back to the point of: “Rejections are often gifts of directions.”
Writing and caring for a family is a difficult task, but perseverance somehow finds a way into my heart. Tackling a writer’s journey is not easy. That is why there are so many who quit. Where there is a will, there is a way, and God certainly has His timing for the way.
Patience is a virtue. Waiting to hear back from submissions definitely tests your patience but then again, so does my four-year-old.
Mommy, writing, and wifey duties can take a toll, but somehow it all works out. I find that if I start my day off in prayer, everything seems to take me in the direction where it should be.
Life is a Journey meant to be enjoyed. May yours bring you great joy!
P.S. If you ever need some up-lifting, I have some encouragement on my site below. (Click on the encouragement link.)
Jan Cline says
I know what you mean about perseverance finding a way back into our hearts. It’s a gift from God I think. I couldn’t find the encouragement link, but just reading this post is helpful.
When the virtue of my patience runs out, I take time to thank God for giving me the blessing of writing. My kids are out of school in 30 min. and the Chinese fire drill will soon commence. Blessed be His name. Thanks for you your post, Mart!
Tricia Goyer says
Great post, Marti!
Martha Ramirez says
Thanks you guys! And thanks so much for having me, Tricia!!
Jan here is my direct encouragement link: http://www.martzbookz.com/encouragement.htm