Linda Wood Rondeau

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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
11/14/2018 1:00:00 AM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

 

Please Welcome Guest Autor

Sandy Kirby Quandt

 

For Such A Time As This

Several years ago I attended a Christian writers conference. At the conference, writing professionals told me because I am not of a certain population group, I cannot write the book I'd researched the previous year. Despite what I was told, I wrote that book anyway, because I firmly believe it is a book God placed on my heart and called me to write for such a time as this.

In the following years I've continued to attend writers conferences. At each conference writing professionals told me there isn’t a market for the historical fiction I write for Middle Grade and Young Adults. I then shake my head when my Middle Grade and Young Adult historical fiction contest entries win first place.

I am happy to report two editors at the conference I attended this year asked to see three of my historical novels. One of those novels is the one I was told years earlier I could not write.

Continuing to write what I feel God calls me to write, despite being told otherwise, reminds me of Queen Esther. It took great courage for her to approach the king with a request he save her people. Several questions I read in a devotion on Queen Esther are questions each of us can ask ourselves.

                 … How do you think you might have responded to a similar request?
                 … What sort of things are you afraid to do that you think God might want you to do anyway?
                 … How do you think God might want to use you in the position you now hold, whatever that might be?

If God's tugging at our hearts to step out and do what he's calling us to, we need to be careful not to listen to nay-sayers, or shrug it off. God's will is going to be accomplished one way or the other. Wouldn't it be great if we were the ones who stepped up and got it done?

Is there something you believe God's nudging you to do? Something maybe a little scary? A little outside your comfort zone? Some place you feel he's asking you to be a light for him in a dark world?

Who knows ... maybe you were brought to this place for such a time as this.

I wish you well.

Sandy

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandy Kirby Quandt is a former elementary school educator and full-time writer with a passion for God, history, and travel; passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. She has written numerous articles, devotions, and stories for adult and children publications. Her devotions appear in two Worthy Publishing compilation books; So God Made a Dog, and Let the Earth Rejoice. She has won several awards for writing including the 85th and 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the Young Adult category, First Place in the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Children’s Literature 2016 Foundation Awards, First Place in the 2017 Foundation Awards in the Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Flash Fiction categories. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then check out Sandy’s blog, Woven and Spun.

 

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Sandy Quandt From TX At 11/17/2018 4:15:23 PM

Linda, thanks so much for welcoming me to your blog!

Reply by: Linda Wood Rondeau

You're welcome!

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