My grandmother’s favorite hymn was “Trust and Obey.” As a little girl, I liked the hymn just because she did. Now that she’s gone, its beautiful simplicity and her memory endear it even more to me.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus.
Sometimes, however, that faith gets tried with fire.
As a missionary wife and mother, my grandmother experienced death threats against her husband, buried her firstborn son in South America, and before her own home-going much later in life, suffered the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s.
Trust and obey?
Last week, author and teacher Dr. Dennis E. Hensley or “Doc Hensley” served as keynote speaker at the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference where he challenged writers to pursue their call, regardless of the doubts they have or “giants” they might face. He shared from God’s Word in Deuteronomy where God clearly mapped out the battle plan for Israel to conquer the Promised Land. God told Israel to go and take it, but the people focused so much on the impossible-looking details of the task that they refused. In consequence, all but Joshua and Caleb died in the wilderness and missed out on God’s best blessings.
“We don’t need to know God’s plan,” Doc Hensley said. “We just have to obey his orders.”
How God orchestrates his end-goal is for him to decide. We just have to take the next step and then the next one after that, in child-like obedience.
What “orders” has God given you today? Are you willing to obey them, regardless if the details look possible?
Each year, I usually leave this conference sleep-deprived but with my cup “brimming over.” I’ve made amazing friends there, enjoyed teaching workshops, and soaked up ideas through the workshops of other writers, editors, and agents. (For any who are reading this post and attending FCWC, I hope you’ll join my workshop called Friend Your Audience on Social Media.)
The people are the best part of writers’ conferences, but one of my other favorites is the FCWC bookstore. I come home with autographed copies from some of my favorite authors (like Davis Bunn, a few years back) and new authors I’ve met whose works I can’t wait to read.
This year, my young adult fiction books will again be in the bookstore, but I also want to make the Kindle versions available free or at a discounted rate throughout the week. It’s my small way of saying thanks to you, my readers, and to all the writing professionals who have made a difference in my life. I also hope my books, including my upcoming release, and my story might inspire other writers to keep daring and dreaming to be published some day. I can’t wait to see what awesome things God has in store for this year’s conference.
So thank you again! Please feel free to share this post or the picture below with your friends, especially any teens you know.
Excited for FCWC 2017 this week! Enjoy my Kindle books free or discounted as a grateful giveaway. – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)