In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Jessica C. Jemmott, author of “Simply Redeemed: Titus 3:3-5.” To learn more about Jessica, visit her website. Jessica can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!
Hearing His Call
January of 2015, the Holy Spirit instructed me to start a women’s community Bible study. He gave me the vision for it to be held at a local café. Initially, my thought was, Starbucks is too small and inconvenient (oh, how we can put our God in a box). I was excited about this move from the Lord and shared the vision with a small number of ladies. Then, of course, all of the excuses for why it was not a good time rushed through my mind.
Before I knew it, a year had passed. I allowed “life” to take precedence over my direct instruction from the Lord.
January of 2016, I was awakened again by the Holy Spirit. This time his call came at four in the morning, he commanded I “move with urgency!” My response was, “Okay, Lord, if I am to move with the Bible study at this particular time, I need you to provide three things: a location, the women, and guidance on how to lead this study in Your Word.” Within a week I received direct guidance to my requests.
He Prepares and Equips
What I did not realize at the time, was that through His instructions the Lord was preparing and equipping me for more. Not only did he instruct me to gather women to lead through His word, but He was also preparing me to teach. Through this journey, I received the inspiration for Simply Redeemed: Titus 3:3-5.
As many writers, I did not realize that becoming an author was part of my life journey. Two years ago, I could not have imagined that my obedience to the Lord’s instruction would lead to the publication of my first book. When I eventually realized that publication was the next instruction, my response was, “how, Lord?”
Isn’t this always the sentiment expressed when we are “called” to do something difficult or new? When reflecting on this question, consider the biblical figures known for questioning what God “called” them to do? Perhaps you can explore your own experiences of doubt by comparing your situation to these biblical accounts.
Follow the Lord’s Instruction
When the Lord gives us instruction, our obedience is not just a “test” to see if we will complete the task. An instruction from Him is much more than a mere test. Our obedience to the Lord’s call is bigger than the individual. Our obedience is always backed by a purpose according to the Lord, with promises that will be received- for which He will get the glory!
How does your obedience to His call have purpose? There are various biblical accounts that can emphasize the importance of adherence to the Lord’s instruction. Throughout my personal experience, I’ve prayed that every individual who journeys through the pages of Simply Redeemed Titus: 3: 3-5 experiences the Lord in new and personal ways.
My vision was that many groups would be formed in churches, homes, and cafes everywhere; all with the purpose of journeying through the pages together. I can humbly attest that within just a few short months since the book has been published, groups are currently being formed both nationally and internationally. These people will glean from that which He has called me to do – write.
– WBP –
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