What’s Next: 3 – Answering the Call

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” ~ Isaiah 6:8 (NASB)

Although I was struggling with this call for months, I received encouragement and prayer support from my brothers and sisters in Christ at All Saints Anglican Church. I had accepted that this was something I had to do, but I still felt overwhelmed.

I have always wanted to be like Isaiah—“Here am I! Send me!”—or like Mary—“Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” Instead I responded like Moses—“I have never been eloquent”—and Gideon—“Please let me make a test.”

However, even though Moses and Gideon questioned their callings, they answered the calls and did God’s will.

Each year during both Advent and Lent, I add extra devotions to my quiet time. Whenever All Saints hands out a reading plan, I follow it. Otherwise, I find one from another source or choose readings on my own. I read the Scripture and write a brief meditation and a prayer in my journal. The following year, I post those journal entries on my blog.

Shortly before the beginning of Advent last year, I was scheduling blog posts for the season. Suddenly, I realized that I was posting devotionals.

“Lord, I didn’t think I had ever written a devotional before. Now I recognize that these journal entries are devotionals. They’re different than the ones in the book, but I do have experience writing devotionals.”

My child, I have been preparing you for this.

Converting articles written for a different purpose into devotionals is different from writing my thoughts and prayers in my journal, but now I know I can do it with God’s help.

I don’t know what the end result of this book will be. It could be published and given wide distribution, it could be published and read by a few people, or it could remain unpublished. Whether it is simply for my own spiritual growth or whether it will be shared with others is not important at this point. My job is to write the book as God is calling me to do.

I will appreciate your prayers during this process.

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