J. Carol Nemeth, a fellow Winged Publications author, knows a thing or two about waiting on the Lord. With a natural love of literature, she uses her experiences as a park aid for the National Park Service and as a soldier in the United States Army to write page turning romantic mystery and suspense, both historical and contemporary. Nemeth is a multi-published author with ten books and six short stories. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers suspense. Today, Carol shares her journey to publication with us:
His Perfect Timing
by J. Carol Nemeth
As an author who began writing as a teen, I was confident I would get published early too. After all, my love of writing was as heartfelt and important as any other author’s. Right? No doubt true, my love of writing certainly didn’t guarantee publication. Far from it. Not until our second child’s birth did I finish a novel and attempt publication. That journey was fraught with disappointment, rejection and self-reflection. My first novel, Yorkshire Lass, was rejected time and again, leaving me to wonder if writing was God’s will for my life. Or had I pushed my plans ahead of His?
I prayed, If it’s not Your will for me to continue writing and pursue publication, then, Lord, please take away this love and desire to write. It never went away as I continued praying and submitting my manuscript. More rejections followed. One publisher gave me hope as they made manuscript suggestions with the idea they might take it. They didn’t. Disappointment again filled me. I kept praying, but God was silent. Even in His silence, the fact remained my desire to write and to publish my novel showed me He hadn’t said no. He was telling me to wait. Like most of God’s children, I struggled with waiting for His perfect timing.
Our daughter was born in 1990, and I began Yorkshire Lass soon after. It was finally published March of 2016, nearly twenty years after it was finished. I may never know all the reasons my Abba Father led me on that disappointment-fraught journey to publication, but He taught me some things.
His timing is always perfect, and I must trust His timing. The details of my life are better left in His hands to work out the proper time for them to happen. Psalm 27:14 says “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
I discovered God has our best interests at heart. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” He didn’t withhold publication from me because He was angry or being mean. Whatever His reasons, He chose 2016 to publish my first novel. Since then, I’ve published nine more books, six short stories, with another novella in the edit stage before publication, and I’m writing another full-length novel. He’s blessed me in ways I never expected. To God be the glory!
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