Amy Smith
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Amy lives in upstate New York, where she practices law, writes, and is learning to trust God through the adventures of everyday life.

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  1. Amy,
    I have so many rejection letters from children’s magazines that I could wallpaper a room. I took classes and submitted so many query letters and manuscripts…all rejected. Fast forward to now. Now I’m writing for a different audience – women. I’m relatively new at this and I have no idea what God has in mind for me, but I’m, like you said, just trying to keep my heart tilted toward His. Praying for you and your “stories for children” dream!

    • Bev, isn’t it awesome how our dreams take shape over time? How, if we’re open and willing, and patient, they grow into the fullness of what God wants for us? Your obedience and perseverance inspires me!

  2. The dream of my impatient heart… sometimes I think God is trying to teach me a lesson in waiting patiently… but then I remember this is just Him, pure and simple and perfect. His timing is perfect. His blessings are perfect. Everything… I love the imagery of us orbiting Him and always tilting our heart toward Him. Blessings to you today!

    • Thanks, Vanessa. Yes, even (and maybe especially) in the waiting there are blessings. I read your comment on Kaitlyn’s post today. Praying that you’ll be strong and courageous – and never give up!

    • Vanessa,

      I, too, have an impatient heart. God is working super hard to teach me patience and the art of waiting!

  3. I can relate to this post in so many ways–except instead of writing it was infertility. And I’ve discovered that sometimes God changes the outcome and sometimes He changes us. And both are enough because He is enough. Resting in that with you today…

    • Oh, this is so true, Holley. And He IS enough (though there was a time in my life when I did not know it) – so thankful for how He’s used my dreams to teach me this. Bless you.

  4. What a beautiful picture you painted in this post. Thank you for sharing. You have made me think about the dreams that I’ve buried deep into my heart and that I need to take my focus off my disappointments and tilt my heart towards Him. Thank you!

  5. My dream of writing has been suppressed for a long time as well. I went to a writing workshop this summer, and a successful writer/speaker said, “You can call yourself a writer once you get rejection letters, because that’s what a real writer experiences.” I worked in sales for 9 years and I hated it because it wasn’t creative, and also because I heard No much more often than I heard Yes. But I see now that God was preparing me even then to be a writer, BECAUSE of the No’s, not in spite of them. I have to strike a balance between the sensitivity I need to create, and the thick skin I need for the business side. Cheers to you for pursuing your dream even though the rejection letters just. keep. coming.

    • Sarah, I’ve heard that about rejection letters as well. Although discouraging right out of the envelope, I have a fondness for my rejection letter folder – it’s proof I’m living my dream! I couldn’t say that a couple of years ago.

      I love your insight about your previous sales job being preparation for the pursuit of your writing dream. I think the same is true for me in my experience in law school and as an attorney. The No’s aren’t punishment – they’re preparation! Praying God will bless you immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine as you pursue your dream.

  6. “And I think about the One that I orbit. And I pray that the tilt of my heart will always be most inclined toward Him – whose love shines steady and bright over me in every season, no matter what the day brings.” I just loved that paragraph.

    I believe we all have dreams that we bury deep inside and let no one know about. God knows and He will make them come true in His perfect timing if we keep our hearts inclined toward Him.

    God Bless!

  7. I liked this post. I have always wanted to be a writer as well and am just now starting to think seriously about pursuing it. It seems scary and I’m not looking forward to the hard work or rejection and yet it’s a tug in my heart that won’t go away.

    Hope I get to see your work soon in a magazine! 🙂

    • Thank you, Lis! Praying God will give you the courage to say Yes to whatever He asks you to do.

      I just popped over to your blog and can I just say your Jul 30 post, Lessons from the eye doctor, is altogether one of the most beautiful and HILARIOUS things I’ve read in a while. I got glasses at age 8 too – they were purple, plastic ones. I rocked them! And you rocked that sweater!!

      Blessings to you, friend.

  8. What a beautiful and inspiring post, Amy. God is speaking to me, in fact yelling at me, through you and your beautiful voice. I needed to hear this today.

    Many blessings and much love, friend.

  9. OH Amy!! This spoke right to my heart! It has been so wild at my house this week w/back to school that even though I had this post on my calendar, I didn’t get here until now…but God had such a purpose in my seeing it today. Your beautiful words were perfectly timed. I am cheering you as your dreams take flight, friend.