Thursday, July 7, 2011

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves (I Hope)

I have a lot to do before I leave for She Speaks in a few weeks:
  • Prepare writing sample/book excerpt
  • Update book proposal (and make sure it's not awful)
  • Make a one-sheet
  • Find a professional-looking outfit. (I don't think my purple velvet Willy Wonka-esque blazer is going to cut it.)
The list doesn't look long, but the work feels a little overwhelming. Especially the one-sheet thingy. Some of the other She Speaks gals have been kind enough to show me what their pages look like, but making my own and trying to make it look professional may be more than I can handle. We'll see, I suppose.

What's interesting is that there are women out there going to the same conference, talking with the same publishers, and they don't feel the need to prepare anything. They believe God's going to do whatever he's going to do, and their preparedness doesn't enter into it. I'm behind them 100%, if that's how God's leading them.

I just wish I was one of them.

For me, I think part of this is God showing me how to be prepared. How to do things in advance. How to rehearse my meeting with the publisher. Not to drag my heels until the last second—which is something I do an awful lot. Not to improv in the meetings. I still have peace in knowing that God is bigger than my preparedness (or lack thereof), but I know that he's calling me to be on top of this stuff.

Because I never am.

I will not wing it. I will not go in hoping my charming personality will save the day. (Because, you know, not everyone finds me charming. Shocking, I know.) I will go in knowing I've prepared everything to the best of my abilities, being obedient to God's instruction and calling for me, knowing that he's backing me all the way.

Are you a prepared person? Or are you a seat-of-your-pants kind of person? And has God ever asked you to go against your natural instinct on that?


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  1. "Not everyone finds me charming" You crack me up!

    I'll pray for you! I'll pray that you'll feel prepared and that God will give you peace. :)

    I'm a prepared person. *Usually.*

  2. I think I'm somewhere in between. I believe God is going to do whatever He's going to do, but I also believe I need to be prepared. I have to tweak my speeches, but the biggest thing looming over me right now is my book proposal. I really need to work on that. I have some days specifically set aside next week and the week after when my daughter is at theater camp (no distractions) to sit in the lobby of the theater and finish it. I guess I just feel like do what I can, and let God do the rest. I'll probably be winging it sometimes, but I'll have some concrete, tangible places to pull from rather than out of thin air, if that makes sense!

    Can't wait to see you, roommie! :D It's going to be an awesome conference, whether we are perfectly prepared for it or not. I know it.

  3. Oh, friend...I so understand your quandary. I'm a putter-offer, too! :) You are so right to push past your tendency to put things off and be prepared. Take advantage of the wisdom of others, but most importantly, seek the Lord about your final drafts of everything from your pitch, your one-pager, and your proposal. He's got inside edge. ;)

    Praying for all you She Speaks chickies!


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