What’s Next – 1: Hearing the Call

Girl listening with her hand on an ear

Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” ~ 1 Samuel 3:8-10 (NASB)

I don’t usually hear God speaking to me in a voice. Instead, I get a strong feeling that won’t go away or circumstances seem to lead me in a certain direction.

Nearly four years ago, I started putting together a book. I had participated in a group writing project on the theme of “What I Learned from …” for a couple of years. Each month, the host posted a theme, and other bloggers wrote posts on that topic. The host blogger then wrote a post that included links to all the entries in the project.

All my posts described a personal experience I’ve had followed by the life lessons I’ve learned from the experiences.

After the project ended, I decided to compile my posts into a book. I contacted the originator of the project to be sure he had no objections to my using the theme of his group writing project as the theme of my book. He encouraged me to write the book, and I started compiling the posts from my blog.

Then my husband’s dementia worsened to the point that he needed constant care. The book got put on hold. After Jack’s death and more than a year of grieving, I decided to take up the project again.

I downloaded all the blog posts I had written for the project and chose other posts that hadn’t been part of the group writing project but that fit the theme of What I Learned from Life. I came up with additional ideas and wrote more articles. I organized all the articles (about ninety) into a logical order and was about halfway through the first edit.

Then one night I woke up in the middle of the night and sat up in bed with a strong feeling: This book is supposed to be a devotional book.

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