“No sister should have to kneel at the altar alone. I see you and God sent me to tell you He has always seen you.”
As I typed these words into one of the chapters of my book draft the other night, I couldn’t help but well up with tears of gratitude.
You see, I’ve spent the last 9+ months struggling to start writing a book I’ve been called to write, choking on ideas because I so desperately wanted them to be born.
Hundreds of false starts, crumpled pages, and words scribbled out.
I watched my frustration mount as the days went by without writing so much as a paragraph, but in hindsight I see the truth is these stories weren’t ready to be written. And if I’m 100% honest, I wasn’t ready to write them.
They needed to simmer.
Perhaps even reduce like a rich sauce.
More importantly, I needed to heal.
Waiting for the words to pour out made me cranky and some big doubts started to settle in. Which in turn brought on more wrestling, trusting, and simmering. I wrestled so much that I may forever walk with a little limp, but that’s OK. It was all worth it.
So here I am today watching Jesus gather the pain of the last forty years and birth something powerful from those terrible, no good moments. The message God wants me to write is starting to pour out of my heart and onto the page with ease.
I don’t have it all figured out yet, and I know there will be more valleys to come in the book writing process, but I am insanely humbled and grateful for what I can see from here.
I see Jesus in it and I have learned to trust that when He is in it, people will be set free.
If you’re struggling to get the words God wants you to write out, please keep going.
Keep asking God how, when, where, and why.
Through you and in you, He is doing new things.
Christian Life and Leadership Coach , Angela J Herrington, loves helping women find freedom and fulfillment in their God given calling. She teaches women how to recognize, cultivate, and unleash their God given leadership ability. A true Gen Xer-Angela loves thinking outside the box, combining things that are seemingly unrelated, and helping women create a unique life that perfectly suits their soul.
With 8 years of life, business, social media, and leadership coaching under her belt Angela a dynamic speaker and writer who creates enormous value for her audiences. She is known for crushing complex topics down to bite sized pieces and sending her audience home with actionable steps to apply their learning.
Angela is a Lark’s Song Certified Life Coach who reaches hundreds of thousands of women in 40+ countries each month on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and two blogs.
As the founder of Broken Beautiful BOLD Women’s Ministry, AngelaJHerrington.com, Christian Women Who Lead, The Calling Course, The Impact Incubator, and the XGen Christian Women’s Leadership Project, Angela receives rave reviews at women’s ministry events, writer’s conferences, and small business workshops.
Angela, her husband, and five children live in her home state of Indiana. Angela has served on the Board of Directors for Christian Coaches International, as Vice Chair of the Carey Services Board of Directors, and held multiple positions in her local church, scouting organizations, and schools.
She holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan and a Master’s in Leadership from Wesley Seminary. Angela’s short story “The Turkey Trail“ was published in the collection Naturally Yours: Stories About Indiana’s State Parks and Reservoirs. She has been published in Hope for Women and HOPE is Now magazines.