top of page

Writer News

Updated: May 21, 2022

I had some writer related news this month. If you don't follow me on my Facebook page

(1) Dienece Darling, author | Facebook, you might not have heard. Earlier this year, I was trying to figure out how to spend my Christmas money. People had been generous; I just had some ambitious plans for it that exceeded my budget. I decided to pray about it while putting my son to bed.

My son threw his blanket off his head (he like likes to sleep under the blankets) and asked what I needed help with. So, I told him the ins and outs of all the options, then he walked me through how to do both of the things I wanted: have a gardener tame my garden and enter an expensive writing contest.

So, I took my son's advice and hired a gardener for one hour a week. Between his visits, I worked on the garden myself. Giving me space between gardening so I didn't get sore and help when it all became too much for me. Between us, we got it done within my budget, and I got to enter the writer's contest. The garden bed front window looks fantastic now, like a garden not a wilderness.

When I opened my email earlier this month, I had a surprise waiting for me. I was a semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest 2022. The competition I'd wanted to enter but didn't think I could until my 11 year-old son helped me budget. I've been teaching him how to budget for years. Never thought it would end up helping me! :)

I'm still very excited over the news and beyond grateful. Here's the link if you'd like to find me. 2022 Genesis Contest Semifinalists | ACFW. I'll find out next month on the 15th (American time) if I made it any further.

Either way, this was a big writer's moment for me, and I thought I'd share it with you. Sometimes, God answers prayer in ways you never expected. If I'd brushed off my kid or ignored his suggestions, I'd have missed out on a huge blessing. And to be honest, I often say rather bland prayers at bedtime, but it occurred to me that my kid would never learn to pray real ones if I didn't start being open with him. So, when I felt the nudge that night to take out my messiness, my questions and let my kid hear me talk to God about it, I didn't ignore the nudge.

In trying to help my kid, God turned it back to bless me. Isn't God great that way?

10 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page