I broke Facebook this week, you guys. I’m officially adding it to my bio because I’m pretty sure that’s a little more impressive than some of the other accomplishments I usually include. Tricia Goyer invited me to be an “expert” (I will never stop putting that in quotes, by the way) for her Write That Book group, which is a beta test for Facebook to see how paid membership groups would work on their platform.
Somehow, the people at Facebook failed to add me to the group.
Cool guys. Super cool.
So our solution was that I would sign up for the free week that comes with the class, be added to the group, then cancel my membership and still be in there as an expert. Except that didn’t work at all the way we planned. After a few days of trying to figure out why I kept getting kicked out of the group (which was SUPER convenient on the day I had my office hours and was supposed to be connecting with & encouraging all the wonderful writers), they finally came to the realization that I broke their beta test and they would have to go write ALL NEW CODE because of me.
So, if you’re in that group, I’ll be back in approximately 2 weeks. I hope.
I was sharing this story with my editor yesterday, as we were both working from home. Our daughters were introduced to one another, I got a computer screen hug from her youngest, and we were both writing with whatever our kiddos had left around for us – crayons, markers, random scraps of paper and post-it notes. We laughed at the blurred lines of work and home life and cheered one another on in our holy hustle. Because sometimes to make things work, you have to work with what you’ve got. Even if it means writing with crayons.
Maybe we should wrap up that book club now? I’m such a terrible judge of how into these things you guys are – I know blog comments aren’t really a big thing anymore. I also know I was HORRIBLE about actually doing any kind of Instagram live stuff, so thanks for putting up with me anyway!
This might have been one of the harder chapters for me to write. Community is really hard for me. I’ve been kicked out of online communities, struggled to maintain friendships, and felt like a massive failure when it comes to this stuff. I’ve learned that a lot of it is because of my own flawed expectations – that it has to look a certain way, or include a lot of people. I’ve also learned that God didn’t create us to go through life alone, and that it’s worth every bit of hard work and bravery to keep choosing community. You just need to find the one that is right for YOU – not the one you think you should be in.
- What has been your favorite community or friendship moment?
- How do you find the courage to stay in community when it’s hard?
Do you attend a candlelight service on Christmas Eve? It’s one of my favorite moments of the season. One little light in the dark, barely shining, gets passed to one person, and then 10, and then a whole room of candles lights up the night. That’s what can happen when we choose to embrace the gifts God has given us and to use them alongside others. On our own we can only do so much – but together? We can be a beautiful light to the world, reflecting the love and hope of Christ.
- What is your favorite Scripture about light?
- What would it mean in your life if you were to stop hiding your light?
If it’s any indication about where I fall on the work/rest scale, the fact that I wrote for 9 chapters about work and just one about rest should give you a big clue. Rest is hard for me. I’m not good at it. I don’t even sleep well at night. Physical rest is one thing, but making it a priority to rest in the Lord – trusting Him with my plans and my dreams? That’s a whole other level of hard. So that final commissioning and prayer at the end of the book? It’s for me, as much as it is for you. And it’s what I’m praying over us today as we wrap up this book club.
Father, help us to work hard, love others, and rest well. When life gets hard and things don’t go our way, may we turn to You in prayer instead of trying to fix it on our own. When we doubt where You’ve called us, the gifts You’ve given us, or our worth, may we turn to Your Word to be reminded that we are loved and chosen, and that You do not make mistakes.
Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be Your hands, feet, and heart here on earth. May the work of our hands and the words we speak be a gift back to You. – Amen
- When was the last time you truly rested?
- What do you need to hand over to God today so that you can rest in His plan for your life?
Ok, so that’s it for our book club! I would love if you would consider sharing Holy Hustle with a friend this Christmas. It makes a pretty great stocking stuffer, if I do say so myself!