PlanningTimes to Say Yes

Planning Times to Say Yes

by Barbara Ann Derksen

Recently, when completing a homework assignment in a Beth Moore study, I read a segment she related about a visit with her daughter and her ten month old grandson. She told her daughter, “You’ll want to set him up for as many yeses as you can because you’re going to find that you will spend much of the next three years saying ‘no.”

Now while this post targets writers, this can be food for thought for any other profession or walk of life. Do we purpose to set ourselves up for ‘yeses’ when we know that “no” or rejection is part and parcel of the writing experience? I remember my first rejection notice. I had sent my baby…a three year work of art…to a publisher expecting they would be honored to receive such a masterpiece. Well, not exactly, but close. What I received was a notice that said I had a lot of work to do before they would even consider my manuscript.

While that may have been true, and looking back it was, it hurt. I thought about ending my writing career right then and there. I’m glad God had other plans for me. Now I’ve come to understand the attitude of divorcing ourselves from the manuscript and not ingesting the comments as personal.

But do we plan some ‘yes’ events to pick up our spirits at times like this or even before they happen or do we wait for something to happen incidentally. I’d never thought about this quite this way but for instance…

What if we planned a spa visit before we opened the letter? What if we aligned ourselves with a prayer partner and took the publisher response to them so we could pray together about it after opening it? And it’s not just publishers. How many of you have been shocked at the response of an editor who wanted you to delete, delete, and revise…again and again. I’ve had editors mark of my article in so much red ink that it was hard to see what he accepted.

God wants us to write. That’s a given. Otherwise, we’d not be doing what we’re doing. Does he want to mold us and make us more Christ-like…even through our writing? Then we need to plan some ‘yeses’ in our life…some positive events that build us up and point us back to Him. Time to reflect on the idea that God doesn’t make mistakes so if He’s asked us to write, then……write and learn to be the best example of Christ in our writing that we can be.

Barbara Ann Derksen’s book, Silence, can be found on in paperback format as well as Kindle. You may visit her website at


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