Sugar plums dancing in my head? That sounds delightful, doesn't it? Unfortunately, my head is not filled with these sweet confections. It is a mess of questions and to do lists.
You see, the ACFW conference is this September, and that's only three months away. I have story-world edits to finish, a second book to start when I can narrow down the protagonist, craft notes for the edits of Unclean, comparative titles to read for my market analysis, a book proposal to put together, a pitch to write and hone, a critique to prepare, a contest to enter, books by workshop leaders to read, editors to stalk, blogs to write, a blog overall to carry out, chapters to crit for my fellow writers, and the list goes on and on....
To say I feel overwhelmed would be an understatement.
Even though I realize that this list is too ambitious to complete in three months, and I should really pare it down, but where to start? I mean what is realistic? And how do I prioritize when I am excited about everything above?
I have no idea.
But this one truth holds firm and enduring--God is in control. Even here. Especially here. Unclean will be ready when He decides it's ready. My job is to be a good steward of my gift, mark off what I can, and trust Him with the timing and the result.
After all, "all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." (Psalm 139:16b, NIV)
I'm trying to remind myself often.