Miles to Go and Promises to Keep


“But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep …” (Robert Frost).

Many years ago, I sensed the Lord’s direction to begin writing a very personal story from my family’s life. So I began to record my thoughts even while we were still embroiled in the middle of the crisis.

Roadblocks. Yet every time I would attempt to complete a book proposal for this particular project, something thwarted my efforts.

I don’t just mean a little bump in the road. I’m referring to situations that seemed impossible to get through—like my mother’s fatal illness, my daughter’s three orthopedic surgeries and difficult pregnancies, my daughter-in-law’s seven miscarriages and two miraculous births, and my father-in-law’s lengthy terminal illness.

And that’s not counting all the roadblocks in my journey to publication. Oh, my! Where do I begin with that one?

Red flags. So as I approached this long-drawn-out project again—this time working on it with my daughter Tara—red flags waved all around me. Again, it looked hopeless. And to be honest, when I returned home from our last brainstorming session, discouragement covered me like a heavy cloak. And my emotions tempted me to return this story to my “What was I thinking?” pile once again.

Reminders. Then, I remembered my “40-day Challenge: Telling the Stories That Matter Most.”

I also began a study the life of Moses. And I thought my mission looked impossible!

Moses faced the unimaginable tasks of his calling with great fear. He knew he didn’t have the strength or the abilities that he would need to complete the undertakings God had asked of him. He was aware of his weaknesses and limitations; yet, he wanted to embrace God’s promises. But at each step, he faced his own inabilities in light of God’s plans.

As I study more about Moses, I’m reminded once again of God’s steadfast commitment to keep His promises. Even my unbelief, fear, and doubt will not divert God’s plans. I may get sidetracked and distracted, but God remains faithful to His Word.

God also promises to provide all I need to complete the work that He began in me.

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in (me) would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish …” (Phil. 1:6 MSG).

Reflection. I’m grateful that God continues to invite me to join Him in His work. And I don’t sense that He has given up on me like I’ve often done with Him. He will forgive my complaining about my circumstances and blaming others for my failures.

So I’m holding on to God’s promises now, even as I write this confession of faith. And I pray if you are struggling with a similar issue, you will revisit His promises to you, too.

Are you facing an impossible project now? What lessons are you learning in the process?

8 Replies to “Miles to Go and Promises to Keep”

  1. Thank you for this! As I am up at 5 am trying like crazy to get my pages in (I have a HUGE deadline and I am stressed. It seems rather impossible) I remember to thank God FOR this deadline, something I never thought possible years ago (book deal!). Your words were like my morning devo – “be strong and courageous” no matter what and focus on above. Thank you. 🙂

    1. I trust you met your deadline. And I’m grateful that my words & His Word encouraged you. AND thank YOU for the word about focus–will do. Blessings!

  2. My current project, a YA novel, has been the most difficult to write of any. I’ve learned so much about myself, which is why this has been a tough journey. The purely fictional/fun novels are such a joy to write.

    1. Sharing our lives via fiction or nonfiction IS difficult. A lot of times God is editing my heart & mind in the the process, and THAT can be VERY painful! I haven’t tried fiction much–maybe one day. Thx for your comment, Renee.

  3. Ah, yes, your paragraph about Moses describes the kind of person I am–fearful, aware of my inadequacies, yet longing to please and trust God. The reality of that is becoming clearer as I draft my second memoir. Taking time to recognize my fears and timidity helps me grow less fearful and helps me face the unknown future with more faith. Love the memoir genre for that reason. 🙂

    1. Linda, I am learning that like Moses, my weaknesses can become my strengths (2 Cor. 12:10) because they make me totally dependent upon God. Btw, I LOVE the memoir genre, too! I especially love reading the faith stories.

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