How Do You Handle the Whirlwind?

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Since being back at work after 6 weeks of rest, life has been a whirlwind. The magazine went out, submissions are coming in for the third issue, and I have a steady stream of editing projects on hand on top of my full-time job. There were days I felt like I wasn’t going to make it–days I told God that something had to give.

Sometimes, we really are doing too much. Other times, the pressure lasts for a time before it eases up. Discernment tells us which of those places we are in, and wisdom tells us how to properly handle the load.

Right now, thanks to God, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and by His strength I’ll get through. I’ve had to sacrifice things like my social media presence, newsletters, and outreach, but a human can only do so much. I’ve had to remind myself that I must give my energy to the things God has for me to do and let Him handle the rest.

Where are you at? Are you trusting in Him for wisdom, discernment, and perseverance? If you know you are holding on to too many things, then seek Him to know what must be let go. If you are on the verge of giving up when you know you must endure a little longer, cry out for strength.

God gives wisdom and strength to those who ask. So, just ask.


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Author: Lost Pen Magazine

Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and she particularly enjoys the classics, science fiction, and fantasy. Her life’s goal was to be an author, a milestone she achieved when she published Rise of the Papilion, an adult fantasy trilogy. Her short stories, flash fiction, poems, articles, interviews, guest posts, and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, blogs, and anthologies. She is the co-host of the Radiant Writers’ Community, a group dedicated to equipping writers passionate about sharing their God-inspired messages. She is the founder of Lost Pen Magazine, a resource established to help Christian creatives reach new audiences for God’s Kingdom. Forde also offers coaching and freelance editing via Focus Writing Services. Besides writing, editing, and publishing, Forde is a social worker, and she spends her free time maintaining her Japanese-language Duolingo streak and watching way too much anime. For information on the Lost Pen Magazine, the Spotlight Blog, submission details, and services offered, visit

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