This episode is part of the Kingdom Marketing Mindset Series. We originally recorded these teachings inside our Christian Book Academy Facebook group as live videos. However, we wanted to also encourage you in the writing, publishing, and marketing of your books.
Today’s topic is: Saturday Seasons
Everyone loves to talk about the beginning and the ending of a project but not much is typically mentioned about the “messy middle.”
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Notes from this episode:
- Everyone loves to talk about the beginning and the ending of a project. But not much is typically mentioned about the middle.
- The “messy middle”.
- When we think about Jesus’ death of Friday and His resurrection on Sunday, there is the silence of Saturday.
- Sometimes we have these Saturday seasons.
- It’s the time between the step of obedience (Jesus in the garden) and the miracle (Jesus raises to life). The times you can’t see what God is doing. In a Saturday season, it’s easy to strive and fall into self-sufficiency.
- And we’re often in this place with marketing our books. We don’t see the results yet.
- Are you able to trust and wait even when you can’t see the results yet?
- Don’t lose faith in the in-between.
- A miracle is coming! Just hold on.
- Many times when I sense that God has given me an assignment for a certain season I often get my own ideas of what the results will look like. I often don’t hear from God on specifics regarding how the results will look like or specific numbers. So when I get expectations of what the end result should be it puts pressure on me and can lead to striving.
- In the Saturday season, the in-between, we need to leave the results to God. The reason God invites us to do something may actually be very different than what we think.
- Instead of worrying about what is ahead, we simply need to do the next thing.
- Pikes Peak Ascent – “The race begins at A-frame”
- Gel flask with 2 gels mixed with water for some added insurance in the last 3 miles.
- You’re either passing lots of people or being passed by lots of people.
- With Lazarus, the waiting was for the glory of God. Jesus could have healed Lazarus. But raising him from the dead was an even greater miracle.
- Are we willing to wait for the greater God has for us?
- In spite of what you see and hear, will you still believe?
- Everything comes down to faith. We walk by faith, not by sight.
- Wait and see. Wait in expectation.
- In the waiting, it doesn’t always make sense. We may misinterpret God’s words.
- They assumed Jesus would come and heal Lazarus when he said it wouldn’t lead to death.
- What are you assuming in your waiting?
- What will you do in the waiting?
- Middle verses of the Bible (15,550 verses before and after Psalm 103:1-2)
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” – Psalms
“With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being, I bow in wonder and love before you, the holy God! Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me?”
Feel free to celebrate in the middle!
One minute reflection
Instrumental music used with permission: “My Loving Kindness” by Tammy Sorenson. Find out more at http://tammysorenson.com
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