Impossible Writing Projects


I sensed the Lord’s direction to share a particular story from my family’s life, and I began to write about it when we were still in the heat of the crisis.

Impossible journey. Every time I attempted to move forward with submitting this project for publication, something major would happen to prevent my progress.

By major, I don’t mean a little bump in the road. I’m referring to some impossible situations—like my mother’s terminal illness, my daughter’s two major surgeries and several difficult pregnancies, my father-in-law’s lengthy terminal illness, and more.

And I haven’t even mentioned the journey to publication. Oh, my! Where do I begin with that one?

Impossible project. As I approached this long-standing project about a crisis with my daughter Tara, red flags waved all around me, warning me of the impossibility of this effort. And to be honest, when I came home from her house recently, discouragement blanketed me again like a heavy, dark storm cloud. And I’ve been tempted to toss this project into the “impossible” pile once again.

Impossible calling. Then, I spent time in a study of Moses.

And I thought my task looked hopeless!

Moses faced the unimaginable tasks of his calling with great fear. He knew he didn’t have the strengths that he would need to complete the things that God had called him to.

Moses was well aware of his weaknesses and limitations. He wanted to embrace God’s promises, but everywhere he turned, he sensed the impossibility of God’s plans for his life.

Powerful Promises. Today, as I study more about Moses, I’m reminded once again of how God’s promises do not depend upon me. Even my unbelief, fear, and doubt will not change God’s plans. God will complete His work—with or without my involvement.

I know the story I need to write will be told to encourage others who might be experiencing a similar crisis. And I don’t want them to miss out on the blessing.

So, I’m choosing to go forward again, holding on to God’s promises.

Thankfully, I don’t believe God has given up on me like I’ve often given up on Him. He will forgive my complaining and blaming others for my failures. And He promises to provide all I need to complete the work that He has stirred up in me.

I pray if you are struggling over a similar circumstance, you will consider God’s promises to you again today.

“[Be] strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)

Have you ever given up on a project because it seemed impossible?

13 Replies to “Impossible Writing Projects”

  1. Karen, thank you so much for this post. I have been struggling with overwhelm and felt so discouraged all day today. Your post lifted my spirit more than you know. Hugs and blessings to you. ❤

  2. Reblogged this on Charles Earl Harrel and commented:
    “Have you ever given up on a project because it seemed impossible?” A thought-provoking question from Karen Jordan in WordServe Water Cooler. Her reply is good news for writers and the rest of us. The impossible is possible after all. So don’t give up. Finish the assignment. Embrace your calling. And trust God to see you through it.

  3. Thank you Charles for sharing! I was very touched and am encouraged by your story, and that of Moses. I also need courage to finish a book project, despite obstacles. God is faithful and will complete the good work He has begun. Blessings on your project 🙏🏻

  4. Oh sorry I thought this post was from Charles when I wrote the previous comment, but I see it was written by Karen. Thank you Karen for this encouraging post 🙏🏻

      1. And I appreciated both your blogs (Karen’s & Leila’s). Always anointed, always encouraging. When reblogging them, I always credit and link the blogger’s site – and add positive comments. Blessings!

  5. Thanks for sharing, Karen. I needed the encouragement to press on. “God’s promises do not depend on me.” My part to to hold on to them, remembering He is faithful.

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