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Why I Write & Mother's Day Giveaway Package

I received my first royalty check from my publisher recently. 

 $142. 

If you do the math, this averages out to about 75 cents a book. Not even a tithe of the purchase price. After Amazon took its cut, the publisher got theirs (which they shared with my editor), and my agent received his meager share, 142 dollars remained. Did I mention I gave my intern a bonus because she works hard, too? And I tithed on it? 

My husband made me proud that day. Instead of saying, “Are you crazy, woman? What are you thinking?! You could be working a REAL job and earning REAL money,” he said, “Well that’s an unexpected bonus.

I love that man. 

He gets it. 

Not that I wouldn’t someday love to earn an income from my writing, but there’s more to what I do than the bottom line in our bank account. My husband works hard, manual labor to provide for our family, and part of that provision is enabling me to fulfill the calling God has placed upon my life. 

Four years ago, when our youngest daughter’s high school graduation galloped over the hill toward us, we had a talk about what I should do once my tenure as homeschool teacher extraordinaire was complete. The logical option was to work more in my profession—dental hygiene. The other option was to pursue the writing and speaking ministry that was stretching its fledgling wings against the walls of our nest. 

Since we’d now be paying for the education we’d been providing at home, it made sense to seek out a job that would generate income. Duh, right? 

 Only the doors to more dental hygiene work remained closed. Despite almost 30 years of clinical experience. Despite a stellar work history. Despite enthusiastic references. Despite a personal referral. 

But the doors that led to the publishing world were swinging open. My mentor and editor, Sue Duffy, recommended me as her replacement at Reach Out, Columbia magazine—small salary, great ministry. Then my blog, Hungry for God … Starving for Time grew legs and began to walk. No pay, but the chance to share God’s truth with thousands around the world. Then invitations to speak to women’s ministry groups popped up in my email box. Love offerings—oh, I hope they love me. 

The choice was obvious, and my wise, sacrificial, God-loving husband said, “Go for it. God will take care of us.” 

 Have I mentioned that I love that man? 

 Now, four years later, the lights have stayed on, the children are as educated as they want to be, and we’ve even taken a 30th anniversary cruise. I wake up every morning and sit before the Lord, eager and excited about what he wants to teach me. Like receiving a Whitman’s Sampler on Valentine’s Day, I can’t wait to unwrap the gift so I can share it with others.  Take a bite of that one; there’s something good inside. 

There is no greater satisfaction than ministering in the name of the Lord. Every time God uses my humble, imperfect writing to encourage, convict, or challenge someone, my heart sings. The Hanes underwear company’s slogan in the 1990s was Hanes—Makes You Feel Good All Under. Well I’ve got news for you, Mr. Hanes. It isn’t underwear that makes you feel good all under, it’s working with Jesus. 

Thanks for putting up with my nostalgic rambling. It must be my advancing age that’s causing me to wax eloquent. Or maybe it’s humble gratitude that 1 Thessalonians 5:24 is true: 


 “He who calls you is faithful.” 



What about you? Is God nudging you to take a step of faith for him? May I encourage you to step out? I promise—you’ll never regret it. 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isa. 6:8).





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4 comments:

  1. This was truly encouraging. It's easy to feel like I'm not "pulling my weight" as I pay for another writer's conference and watch the money go out instead of coming in, but my husband is also wonderful and he calls them investments into what God's doing. I feel so blessed to be allowed to use my passion to share God's Word with others. You're always such an encouragement Lori!

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  2. It's nice to know I'm not alone. Thank God for our wonderful husbands who understand the call on our lives. Don't spend the whole $142 in one place! Be blessed!

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  3. I am not sure if this is where to comment for the rafflecopter or not. I definitely feel at times I have spiritual alzheimer's. I know better yet I sin right after praying specifically not to! How frustrating that is! I know I hear God speaking to me when out of the blue someone comes to my mind and I feel His urging to pray for that person right then and there.

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  4. I love this post, Lori! And yes, even after almost 20 years of a writing and speaking ministry, I still barely make any money. And yet, it's what I must do. He teaches me spiritual lessons that I must share through writing and speaking, stories that must be told to enlighten or entertain, training that must be taught to others who feel called to write and speak...and make less than minimal wage!

    What an honor and a blessing to be able to write and speak and share with others. I wouldn't have it any other way. Well, other than the fact that minimum wage would mean a HUGE raise! Hahaha! Hugs to you!

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