Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Your Appointed Time

Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.”

Great advice, especially for writers. When I first began writing years ago, the process of becoming published was a mystery. I did all the things new writers should. I acquired market books, attended conferences and workshops, and found mentors for my writing. I submitted articles to publications and eventually got published. Meanwhile, I began writing my first book.

Any time a neighbor, friend, or family member read one of my articles, their suggestions were always the same: “You should write a book.” I’d summon up the courage to say, “I am writing a book.” Their response? “When is it going to be published?” If only it were that simple. J

Cindy, Me, and Katy 
I spent the past weekend at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. This is the third year I’ve attended an annual writers’ bootcamp there. There’s nothing better than being on the mountain in such a tranquil environment with deer, wild turkeys, and hibernating black bears (my favorite kind). The Cove is a spiritual oasis that can’t be matched. Friendships formed are forever.

Wild turkeys

Normally I return home exhausted but reenergized. This year I returned home just plain tired (as we say in the South).  Maybe I went with my expectations too high, or maybe I’m beginning to see some things a little more clearly than I did before.

Even so, my state of mind could be described as determined. Determined to see my manuscripts published. Determined to do more to further God’s Kingdom. Determined to walk the path God has planned for me. Though it often feels like His way tarries like a winding mountain path through bushes, trees, and over rocks or streams, eventually you come into a clearing and see a sprawling landscape of rolling pasture where deer frolic and God’s plans are fulfilled.  
Deer playing 
I encourage you to seek God’s hand in all that you do—whether you’re a writer or whatever occupation or spiritual gift you have. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time.” Trust that God will walk alongside you until the appointed time.

What problem are you facing today that feels insurmountable? I’ve love to pray for you. Please leave a comment or e-mail me confidential requests. While you’re here, would you lift up others in prayer who leave comments? A permanent prayer list is also at the top of the blog.

Now it’s your turn. How has God worked in your life to help you overcome trials or reach seemingly unachievable goals?  


Inside the Pilgrims Inn

©Laura Hodges Poole


  1. Thank you Laura…words I needed to hear today. Words to calm my heart and remind me who I write for. Thank you for leading the way and being my mentor. Thank you for always pointing back to the One who is the Living Word.

    1. You're welcome, Cindy. I'm so glad God gave me the words to encourage you today. You're a wonderful writer, and I'm blessed to be your friend. God bless you.

  2. This is my favorite. Your description of the Cove was incredible, and hibernating bears are my favorite, too. But, it's what you said about coming to the clearing, very well written. I have you to thank for pulling me into this. My prayer is this...I'm at a good place now because of the conference and the flu, and I believe I'm open to change and ready to be molded but know myself well enough to know that Satan is dancing around waiting for me to close my mind and stiffen up any day now. So I have to stay focused on God and allow Him to mold me, teach me to trust, and help me remain open to His ideas. Thanks for this timely post.

    1. Thanks, Katy. Conferences can be very motivating in the weeks that follow, but you're right. Satan loves to pull you back down. I'll be praying for you.

  3. Dear Laura, I found your writing very encouraging. I felt the warmth of your relationship with the Savior in your writing. I am in need of prayer. I am a 62 yr. old grandmother who has become homebound due to a life-long disability, two bouts of cancer, and have found myself discouraged for after many years of knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I do not see the fruit of being His disciple in my life. Would you mind lifting my name before the LORD? I would be very grateful.
    Thanking you for allowing me an opportunity to rejoice in His gifts through your writing,
    Sincerely, Connie Owen

    1. I have said a prayer for you, Connie, and have added you to my prayer journal. I will continue to pray for God to work in your life and show you his mercy and comfort. Please stay in touch. I'd love to know how you're doing. God bless you.

  4. Beautiful pictures, Laura. I may try to go next year but I'm usually saving up for Blue Ridge at the same time. :) I know how you feel. I returned home from last year's conference determined to follow through on a few writing commitments. I, however, unknowingly fell for one of the enemy's most strategic moves: distraction. I'm thankful to see things clearly now and I'm moving ahead! Your post was pure inspiration. :)

    1. Thanks, Cathy. I know what you mean about distractions. Sometimes life feels like one big distraction! I'm trying to plan for Blue Ridge this year. It will be my first time. I've heard a lot of good things about it, so I'm looking forward to going. Hope to see you there! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. God bless.

  5. I pray God opens doors for you and guides you as you endeavor to bring glory to His name through your writings.
    I don't understand God's timing or ways, but I trust them.
    I'm learning that when God puts something in your heart, it will be accomplished, it just might not be when or how you originally think.
    Keep drawing close to God and don't loose your passion and determination. You do have a wonderful gift, you're such an encouragement to me and many others.
    God bless.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, TC. You're always a blessing to me.

  6. Enjoyed reading. My first time. I can feel the warmth of your spirit and love for God. I am now exactly where you described in this blog: writing my first book - almost finished -and researching publishing options. I am excited to began this phase of my life. I always "research" those who follow me before automatucally following back. You are a defjnite follow :-). Much grace and peace to you. I look forward to reading more.

    1. Thanks, Vanessa. I'm glad you were blessed by the blog. I look forward to learning more about your writing journey. God bless you.