Friday, January 16, 2009

A Shout!

I mentioned last week about some blessings I wanted to share with you. Tonight seems like a great time as my husband is catching a nap.

A few months ago, I mentioned that I had to put my writing skills to the test to set up a website for our new business. Last week, we got our first call about a job from someone who googled us. I was thrilled it worked --even if we don't get the actual work.

Then when I was feeling like I might have to give up my writing and get a job . . . (insert a pity party here) . . . I got an email from a woman asking me to come to her writer's seminar. At first, I was confused as I didn't know where she was from and all. I emailed back and she wrote that she wanted to fly me up as a speaker. I about fell off my chair.

I have never spoken before a large group. I knew I needed to tell her.

It seems she found me from an article I had written about writing fiction. At the time, I had a book under contract. I needed to tell her I no longer did and that my specialty was non-fiction. A few of my friends said don't say no, but I hated for this writers group to get an inexperienced writer.

So I emailed her back and explained how much she had blessed me by asking.

I didn't hear a whisper from God that day but a shout.

Maybe next time I'll be ready and take the plunge.


Janna Qualman said...

That's great, Terri! He's working, surely.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Thought I stop by and check out your blog. I enjoyed this post.

Don't you love those little surprises that encourage you to keep writing? I do.

Susan :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

God is amazing! Can't wait to hear more about how He will work all things out on your behalf. Keep trusting.


Yolanda said...

Keeping it real, is so refreshing!

Love to you and many blessings upon your weekend.


Sassy Granny ... said...

Wonderful! Don't be surprised if it's the Lord's way of getting your attention so as to think outside the box. I'm thinking you're going to see many more doors and windows open.

Be blessed.

P.S. Hubby took the V.P. of Sales job with the new company. The good news is that we can remain in AZ! It will likely open up opportunities for some international travel as well (I heft a mean suitcase!). Thank you for remembering, and for asking!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Yes! So glad you have ears to hear. :)

Anonymous said...

Terri every once in a while we need a shout out to get us back to where we need to be. So glad you received yours.

That's great about your website. Those things are so difficult to set up for me and then I NEVER can find it.

Linda said...

Yay Terri!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Don't you just love God's little surprises along the journey of life! It's such a good feeling to get affirmation as a person and for your writing!

AnooCre8ion said...

Oh wonderful Terri. What a great story. Let us know what happens next :)

Have a great weekend.


Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

WooHoo! Go God!

Blessings for those "Next Time's" to arrive at just the right moment!


Jessica said...

Wow! That's pretty cool! So have you ever spoken at a conference about non-fiction?

Pat's Place said...

Truth is the best policy! You will be rewarded for that.

LisaShaw said...

I'm absolutely excited for you and I know that GOD will get the glory!! Praise the Lord.

jinksy said...

Hey, go for it! Writing is writing, and learning about different aspects would be as valid to listeners at that seminar as only hearing about the one they THOUGHT they were most interested in.

giddymomof6 said...

HEY! You are published through chicken soup and a lot of other places. So you don't have a pub novel under your belt... as a wannabe writer myself, I'd love to hear you speak! Honest!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Well, I know if I were the woman, I'd respect you for being honest...I hope she contacts you and says, "we still want you to this date okay?" *smiling*

Small Footprints said...

I second Kathryn's comment ... I hope she writes back and wants you!

How cool about someone contacting you through google about your business. It may not work out but ... then again ... it just might. But, even if it doesn't, one needs to get some "bites" to finally catch the "big one".

I hope this coming week is full of wonderful things for you!

Small Footprints