“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
God sends encouragers our way, people who help us to persevere, who wait with us through the tough times, who pray and praise with us and give us the positive perspective we need, when we’re only seeing the glass as half-empty. Our Pals can be fellow writers, family, friends, or even a judge from a contest – but they’re out there, and they are all part of God’s big design to keep us on the write path.
I can’t express how helpful my ‘Pals’ have been along my writing journey. My greatest encouragers are my parents, followed by my kids. Directly behind them are my Alley-Pals from The Writers Alley, my friend K.Dawn Byrd, and then the fabulous ladies I’ve met through Seekerville.
From giving critiques, sending notes of encouragement, offering chocolate at just the right time, and reminding me that disappointment, rejection, and tough words are just part of the writing journey – these individuals have helped me realize that I’m not alone. Others join me on this journey, and it makes the trek a lot more enjoyable.
God is good, faithful, and ever so gracious to give us the tools – and the people- we need to finish the story He’s written for our lives. From page one, He’s planned the chapters, and though conflict is rife, He’ll see us to our happy ending. We are not alone. And the Author of our story will complete the tale he’s begun in us, through Prayer, Praise, Perseverence, Patience, and Pals.