Signing a Contract is Always a Time to Reflect

Signing a ContractYes, that’s a pen in my hand, as I prepare to sign a new contract.

I’ll be contributing devotions to Mornings with Jesus 2019. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing for them since the 2012 edition. (By the way, the 2017 edition is still available.)

Every time I sign a new contract, I uncover a tangle of emotions. I’m incredibly grateful to have work as a writer. I’m humbled by the opportunity, because since I know so many gifted authors, I find it hard to believe anyone wants to read my work. I’m also excited. Excited to share some of my experiences about our amazing Savior.

But before the ink dries, I’m often assaulted by deep insecurity. What if I have nothing new to say? What if I can’t finish the work by the deadline? What if this time folks will discover I’ve been pretending to be a writer?

This is always a good reminder that I CAN’T do this — not in my own power, wisdom, or determination.

When God calls us to a task–whether it’s offering comfort to a friend, caring for children, supporting a spouse, or writing a little devotion–He provides what we need and works through us.

How about you? Are you facing a new task that triggers insecurity? Or continuing an ongoing task that feels too big or too hard?

Let’s all sign a new contract today–a contract with our Savior. Let’s make ourselves available and ask Him to give us the courage we need to take the next step forward for Him.


Sharon Hinck

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16 thoughts on “Signing a Contract is Always a Time to Reflect

  1. AMEN. Maybe that’s your devotional right there. This line gave me goosebumps in the best way: “Let’s all sign a new contract today–a contract with our Savior. Let’s make ourselves available and ask Him to give us the courage we need to take the next step forward for Him.”

  2. Thanks, Wayne! I’m reminded daily how His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His ways are so wonderfully upside down that way. By the way, I’m working on a new fantasy series and should have the first book finished by the end of summer. Whee! Hope all is well with you!!!!

  3. What a great way to think about problems, making, signing a contract with Jesus to help you handle life’s hardships, being in a partnership with him. Really makes you want to be pleasing to HIM.
    I find my flesh gets hurt and I want to say no to turning the other cheek again and again, letting things by, feeling anger for being unjustly treated. Then I know he’s saying my child, the servant of God must not be quarrelsome, take it, and trust me.
    So thanks for Your wonderful post, reminding me to be in contract with HIM, and then I’ll be more careful to obey what I know He wants me to do, bathed in lots of prayer.

  4. Hi, Dara,
    It’s so true! I often shift the focus to ME ME ME instead of just trusting Him and serving. Step by step, sister! Let’s keep following His lead. 🙂

  5. Thanks Sharon I just had to also say, I read A LOT of devotionals, but Mornings with Jesus is my very, very favorite. The magazine.
    Loved the Step by Step reference, amen, as a big Rich Mullins fan, from the old days. : )

  6. Congratulations on your new contract! As you already know, you have been my “favorite-favorite” for several months. It is providential, I think, that you so often address the very concerns I have on the day you appear.
    You expressed a few weeks back that you were having some problems (physical, I think). I hope your prayer warriors come though for you.

  7. Dara, I’m so delighted they are a blessing to you. The other authors who write for it are amazing. I know some of them, and they are such sincere, humble, and godly women!

  8. Dell, I LOVE the way God does that!!! When the editor arranges the dates for each devotion, somehow God ordains that a specific theme or thought will land on a day when a reader needs that one. And yes, in spite of ongoing challenges, my prayer team has held me up (and held me together) along the way. 🙂

  9. I always enjoy your devotions and reread them several times. I lived in MN for the first 59 years of my life.

  10. Thanks, Kathy! It’s lovely to share some of the unique beauty and experiences from this neck of the woods. 🙂

  11. Funny how God works. I was at church yesterday and found a new author in our church library. Kristin Billerbeck. I saw your endorsement on one of her books. You came to our group, ACFW MN NICE, once upon a time, so I recalled your name. I’m working on a novel and to think I can write this is more than I can even fathom. Well, I can’t on my own. Thanks for this blog post. So very timely. Time to sign my own “contract” and get busy. Today this is exactly the words I needed.

  12. Thanks so much for commenting, Gail. Yes, the task before us can feel daunting…but God is big enough. 🙂 Blessings on your work, and thanks for remembering me!

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