Life in General,  The Writing Life

Just Whose Plans Are They, Anyway?

I read a blog post in which the writer asked if we had adopted a particular scripture for our writing.

Years ago, a former associate pastor sent me a small card with Jeremiah 29:11 printed on it. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” For a long time, I had that card taped near my computer where I could see it while I worked. Now I keep the verse bookmarked in my Bible. What encouraging words for anyone in any situation, but especially for writers who are anxious to see their hard work in print.

I believe God has a plan for us in the various aspects of our lives: family, career, health, etc. His planJeremiah 29-11 for my writing may not match my goals. It may not match the potential sales figures I’d like to see. And it may not be the numerous published novels and fame my family hopes for the future. In fact, there may be no published novels at all. What if He only wants me to encourage others in their journey?

I’ll admit, it’s difficult to beat back frustration when I think I should be at a certain point in my writing career—I am not getting any younger, Lord. Then I remember that if I claim—to myself, God, or others—that my writing should be for His glory, what do I have to complain about? He can use my words to minister to others in whatever form they take. (Okay, publication is a nice bonus.)

But if I believe in God’s promise that He will never harm me, that He only wants the best for me, I need to understand that no matter what my professional future holds, as long as I’m following His will—His plan—to the best of my ability, I’m where I need to be at this moment and at this time.

Are you waiting to have your plan fulfilled, or are you waiting on God to fulfill His plan through you? 

This article originally appeared on the blog of Edwina Cowgill after she graciously allowed me to do a guest post. I did modify it a little. Hey, I’m a writer, and writers rewrite.


As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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  • Dora Hiers

    Love this, Sandy. You’ve been such an encouragement to me and so many others, I hope and pray that your deepest wishes come true!

    This is my verse: Psalm 90:17 (NIV)~ May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. My paraphrase? Bless the work of my hands and help me find joy in it. Praying God’s blessings for you and that you find joy in the journey, Sandy, wherever God leads you!

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