Ah, the life of a writer. No sooner had I shared with you last week about the success I was currently enjoying than rejection came calling once again. The bad news arrived on my doorstep in the same way the good news had arrived a few days earlier.

If you are a writer, checking the mail can throw you some curve balls real fast. I’m trying to train myself not to groan every time I see a letter from a publisher. If I relied strictly on percentages, I do have reason to groan, but that doesn’t show much faith in what God can do. And He has done some wonderful things for me.

God has allowed my work to be used in many different ways over the years, and I’m thankful for each and every one. I’m also thankful for a husband who supports me in my writing endeavors. Any success I have enjoyed or any life that has been touched because of something I have written has only been possible because Don has allowed me the freedom to pursue writing, the job I feel God has called me to do.

Now I don’t want to sound like I’m like some caged animal that he lets out every now and then to sit at the computer — though I do growl from time to time :) I’m simply saying that he has not pushed me or pressured me to go out and get what some might call a “real” job that contributes some real income to our finances. He has instead supported me in my writing ventures (though let me get real here — there have been moments I haven’t felt his complete support. He has let remarks slip from time to time when he is stressed or overworked, but we all do things like that. In general, he has been very supportive).

I see myself as a part-time homemaker, part-time writer. Writing is my work, but it is a ministry as well. Even though Don doesn’t help me in the actual writing process, I feel like he is a partner in my writing efforts. If he wanted me to work another job, the writing probably wouldn’t get done. So, if you have ever been touched or blessed by words I have written, Don has had a part in that. He has helped make the blessing possible. We are a team.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work” Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV

**Note: I have set up a statcounter for this blog (potential publishers are interested in knowing stats on a writer’s site from what I understand). If you are reading directly from your Google Reader, it would help build my stats if you would click on the link that brings you to my site. I know there may be times it would be inconvenient — that’s okay. Just do it as you can, and I will appreciate it. You don’t want to miss the new Words To Live By and Think On This each week anyway :) I’ve also just added a section called Books That Will Bless. Enjoy!


  1. Cheryl – I’m happy to click through from Google Reader.

    I’d suggest setting up a Feedburner account at Not sure exactly how Blogger is set-up behind the scenes, but Feedburner lets you track your blog. It tells you how many subscribers you have, including a breakdown by where they are reading from. For example, some of ours come through my Facebook profile (where our blog is automatically published whenever I add something at, some are Google Reader (shows you how many), some through email subscriptions, etc.

    I’d be happy to answer questions/help you get set-up. Just shoot me an email.

  2. Hi, Cheryl, I’ll take the plunge and post. Don has been a wonderful teammate and addition to the family.

  3. Hey Janice, thanks for taking the posting plunge! :) I’ll have Don check out your comment — he will appreciate the compliment!

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