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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Like a Red Rag to a Bull (11/28/13)

TITLE: Sarai's Lesson
By Taryn Deets


“I’m scared, Lord.”

“I know you are, but I want you to write your story. Remember Sarai.”

“Sarai? From the Bible?”

“Yes child, that Sarai. Read her story again.”

I found it right there in Genesis 16:2 (NIV). Even though she knew the Lord’s promise she, “said to Abram, ‘The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.’”

“So, Lord, Sarai went charging in, taking the bull by the horns so to speak, to make Your promise to her come true. She couldn’t wait on your timing. Lord, how does this pertain to me? To my writing this book?”


“Where am I pushing too hard Lord?”

I answer my own question with a question, “You don’t like the changes?”

The book had been sitting on my shelf for two years now. Encouraged by my husband and his sister to write my story to help other adoptive mothers cope with raising children with Reactive Attachment Disorder, I’d written the book, but because of my fear the book had become something different entirely from what it had started out to be. I’d begun researching, going down rabbit trails, fueled by the challenge of focusing on something other than the chaos of my home. Like Sarai, I wasn’t waiting on the Lord to guide my steps in the writing.

“I know you want me to finish it and publish it, Lord, but I am afraid, because if Filly reads it when she grows up, then she may become angry.”

“Is the book about her?”

“No, but I may have to write some
things about her in order to tell my story.”

“Can you trust Me?”


“Can you do as I ask each step of the way?”


“Then write.

“But… what if she reads it someday, Lord?”

“I will take care of that. Now finish the book I gave to you.”

“Yes, Lord.”

And so I begin again, this time not rushing ahead but waiting and listening more closely.

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Nancy Bucca12/05/13
Wow, I can so relate to this! I've been writing books for several years now, and I chafe at the editing process. Some input I have discovered to be very beneficial, but some advice has spurred me to do rewrites I now question: Did I take this person's advice too much to heart? There's so much we can learn from Sarah, who had to wait many years to have a son of her own. Writing takes faith and patience, knowing who to listen to, who to tune out, and how to really hear from God in the process.

Thanks so much for sharing this. You brightened my day.
C D Swanson 12/05/13
Simply powerful! Thank you for sharing this touching and personal reflection that will touch so many hearts, and so many will relate to.
So many of us have had similar circumstances in which to "wait for God" and rely on Him and Him alone for all of our paths in life.

Beautiful job, well done, and I applaud you for sharing this from your heart to our hearts.

God bless~
Joe Moreland12/10/13
Very well written and a topic every Christian writer can relate to, I'll bet. I know I can. It always most hard to write something true about ourselves and our life - it requires a vulnerability that most of us are afraid of. But the people who manage it, are the ones who contribute more than just a "story". They craft something that can touch hearts and change lives - especially if God is a part of it.

Great job!
Toni Babcock 12/10/13
Now we are all waiting to read your book - so you have to finish it! God bless...
Judith Gayle Smith12/10/13
In all my seventy years I had not heard of "RAD". You have provided a heartbreaking trio of testimony to your children, bathing them with your love and God's grace. May I say I am so proud of you?

Your writing is real. I love it . . .
lynn gipson 12/11/13
Boy, did I need to read this one. I've been sitting on a book for a year now. Afraid I can't get it right, and still having problems with the right punctuation. God spoke to me just tonight about going back and working on it. Great story. Keep writing, girl!
Brenda Rice 12/11/13
I sat on my first book for 15 years. So I suppose I should write one entitled, Letting Fear Rule. My book was published in 2012 and the sequel is in re-writes right now.

Thanks for sharing your experience and going with what the Lord says. He knows us better than anyone.
Linda Weaver12/12/13
It takes God given courage to do what you did. Obedience to God is always the right thing to do.