Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Rhonda Gets Encouraged (er...booted in the Posterior) - Virtual Luncheon - Part 3
"For years, my husband encouraged (see 'boot in the backside') me, saying I should be writing a book. And I would say, "Oh, sure, Let me fit that right in that time slot between Mount Everest in the laundry room and that stack of reports that need to be typed.' Then, I'd say, 'Do you know how many people want to be published and never make it?'
"Basically, I just blew him off, but once in awhile, I would pray, 'God, if You have something for me with this writing business, You're going to have to show me because it seems impossible from where I'm sitting.'
"One day, Mr. Schrock 'happened' to have an interview with a local correspondent, and he mentioned his dreams for me. She told him she'd help.
"Three days later, after a wild morning with the baby, I did something completely out of character - I sat down and wrote about it. My husband laughed, and a family friend howled. He sent it to the correspondent. A week later, she emailed him. 'I think this is column material...but how about the little weekly paper (paraphrasing here)?'
"At that time, a new publisher joined The Goshen News. He wrote a column introducing himself to the community, and invited people to contact him. With fear and trembling, I sent him that first piece, expecting it would be weeks before I heard back. That afternoon, an email came: 'I think we can use this.'
"On November 5, 2010, we celebrated the three-year anniversary of the column that started on a wing and a prayer.
Jen put down her fork. "What a cool story! But you were the only one surprised. Did Mr. Schrock take you out to supper to celebrate? Hey, Suze, what else do you want to know?"
I laughed. "You know me too well, Jen. I love doing interviews. Maybe we could put this on my blog."
"I know these are local newspapers. Do they allow you to include spiritual themes?"
...to be continued.
Question for the Reader: Rhonda prayed for something that seemed impossible, and God opened the door. Have you ever had a similar experience? I'd love to hear about it.