I feel like God’s preparing me to one day write a book titled God Is Going To Do Whatever He Wants, and I Am Prepared to Work With That.

Catchy, no?

It would totally fit with my tradition of book titles that are impossible to type quickly.

(This is why I have editors. They reel me in before I get too weird.) ((But blogs don’t have editors so I can write whatever I want.))
ANYWAY. WE HAVE BIG NEWS, so let’s get to it. I’ve been offered a new contract to write another book! Kregel Publications has accepted my proposed book for stressed out Christian women. If you’re a subscriber to my email list, you already know all this. (This is one of the perks of being on the email list– you get the exciting news first! Click here if you’d like to join.)

big news, new book!

But back to my title at the beginning of this post– truly, God is going to do whatever he wants. And I have decided that I’m prepared to work with whatever he brings my way. I did not expect this book proposal to have life after this long wait. I had laid it to rest and tried to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

Meanwhile, God was waiting for… I don’t know what. I have no idea. I know it’s been a long and gritty season of quiet, but that’s only what I can see from here. I have no idea what has been going on above and beyond this earthly spot.

I do know this. I had given up on writing as I knew it, but I hadn’t given up on God. I knew he may have changed directions or stilled my work, but I that didn’t mean he had abandoned me. After I cried a little (okay, a lot) about failing him, I waited for whatever new thing he had planned.

And you know what? It turns out he planned a new version of the old thing. The writing wasn’t dead at all, it was just taking its time.

And you, my friend who may be waiting for your own new thing– I’m praying for you today. I’m praying for the job news, or the baby news, or the letter from the school of your choice. Of course I’m praying that you’re on exactly the right track and ready to move with God, but I’m also praying that his plan will bring you peace, even if the outcome isn’t one you would prefer.

I started Plug My Ears with this passage from Isaiah 55:8-9, and I think it fits today beautifully:

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Amen, amen, amen.

7 Comments on God is going to do whatever he wants, and I’m prepared to work with that.

  1. lisanne3015
    July 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm (2 years ago)

    How do start the process of seeking interest from publishers? Extremely basic question. I have the idea, God has orchestrated next steps. I am moving forward and have two writing friends say “yes, write this.” I operate best with lists and timelines… where could I find a plan or timeline such as this?

  2. Jessie Clemence
    July 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    It depends on the publisher and what you want to write. Assuming that you’re looking at Christian non-fiction, there are still some publishing houses that accept submissions from the author. I’d begin to research those (most websites will tell you). Finding an agent is also a great step, which also requires a lot of online research– which agents accept your kind of work and are looking for new clients. But writers conferences are also great options to help you sort out the steps needed and to make contact with agents, publishers, and other writers.

    Whew! Long answer. Hope that helps!

  3. David
    July 1, 2016 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Celebrating for you here in the UK Jessie. Missing the blogs too.

  4. memyselfandkids.com
    July 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations Jess! Thanks for sharing your great news.
    I like your titles.

  5. Kristen E
    July 3, 2016 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

    Go God! Congrats! I will continue to pray for His guidance . . .

  6. Jessie Clemence
    July 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks, Larry! 🙂

  7. Jessie Clemence
    July 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you, my dear. Please do! I’m not sure how to do this without going crazy again. I’m sure it will be fine, right?