The Advantage of Rejection

You’re “not the right fit.” I think the first time I heard those words was from my boycrush in junior high. I had just slipped him a note. It was humiliating. Of course, I heard it a few more times from a few more boys since, as well as from more than a few potential employers (apparently I did not have what it took to be a Subway “sandwich artist”).

Last week I got one of the toughest rejections of my life. From a publisher.

For those who don’t know, I have several journalism, poetry and nonfiction credits, including a Lou Gehrig biography, but I have yet to break into my true love of fiction. From the time I was 12 I’ve wanted to be a novelist. After years of stop-start and immeasurable encouragement from others, I finally completed a manuscript and found a publisher interested in looking at it. Continue reading “The Advantage of Rejection”

4 Easy Steps to Completely Trusting God


Those who know me well know that I am a planner. I am the mom who has her kids’ birthday parties planned months in advance. I am a huge fan of multi-week meal planning. And I rarely go to Target without checking online coupons and Cartwheel for deals. This is who I am. Planning is part of my endless charm.

So for me to walk away from one season of my life and not know which season is next is no blip on the radar.

By no means have I lost my planning edge — I just saved $11 at Target with combined discounts, thank you. What I have lost is my death grip on the future. Finger by white-knuckled finger, God has peeled off my hand and replaced it with His.

I have let go completely, and I am so at peace with it. Continue reading “4 Easy Steps to Completely Trusting God”