One day last Fall, I received an e-mail from a friend I met in Seminary. She asked if I would be interested in writing an article on Faithful Parenting for the Horizons Magazine. Of course I said yes, and got something off to her as fast as possible. It is now published. My name is in print – and not just a newsletter – but in a glossy publication. It’s circulation isn’t gigantic, but at some point years ago, my deceased maternal-Grandmother read various editions. I feel like with this article being published, I have one more connection with her.
I admire those writers who wake up at 4am and write a few hours before their kids get up. I admire those people who are so dedicated to their craft that all their moments are arranged around putting words to paper. While I need to write, I find my mind too scattered in too many creative directions to commit to that one thing. Plus, as my husband can attest, I need my sleep.
Perhaps someday I will direct myself more towards writing, but for now, I wander where my interests lay. Some days it may be a professional development class at Sacred Ground, another a project with the kids. Or perhaps a day attempting to make our home look like those cool DIY Home blogs with a little paint or rearranging (see my Small House with Kids category of posts).
Last weekend we attended a church family camp, and one discussion between the parents was how we are all just at that time in life where our priorities are whatever our kids’ priorities are (especially if yours is one of the growing number with special needs). We need to fit our schedules and needs around them, doing the best to use our gifts and follow our vocations, but in the end, our life is theirs.
So for now, my writing will remain a spiritual practice for me, two steps behind my family and one behind ministry.
What is something you love to do, but are having to put it on hold because of something else? Can you make time for it in the corners of your life, and still take it seriously?
Interested in a good story about finally getting published and being a parent? Read Addie Zierman’s “My Publishing Journey.”