Cindy K. Sproles is an author and a speaker, whose dream is to do nothing more than craft words that speak from the heart. God's plan seems to be for her to write and teach the craft.  With God’s guidance, Cindy is expanding her horizons. We'll see how He uses her.

Cindy is a mountain gal. Proud of her heritage, she was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains where life is simple, words have a deep southern drawl, and colloquialisms like, "well slap my knee and call me corn pone" seem to take precedence over proper speech. Apple Butter, coal mining, the river, pink sunrises and golden sunsets help you settle into a porch swing and relax. Family, the love of God and strong morals are embedded into her life in the mountains. Teaching writers, spinning fiction tales about life in the mountains, history and down home ideas find their way into all she does. “I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God's Word and friend to all.” This is Cindy Sproles. Welcome home to the mountains.

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The Immeasurable Power in You

10/14/2018 2:37:00 PM BY Cindy Sproles

You are not alone in this venture to become a writer. You don't have the privilege to whine and whimper that writing is hard or no one wants your work. Get over it. You're not alone.

I dare say, there isn't a writer alive who hasn't felt the struggle of learning the craft or who hasn't felt the sting of numerous rejections (all in a row). It's part of the process.

My Momma used to say, "If it's worth havin, then the work is worth doin." She was, and still is, right. If I find myself whining a tiny bit, my 92-year-old Momma is quick to nip it in the bud. After all, she should know. She's a master quilter and her work is amazing. Her fingers are bent, knuckles swollen from arthritis, but Mom continues to turn out quilt after quilt with masterful skill. She amazes me and when I ask her what prompts her determination to keep on keepin on, she is quick to remind me, God has empowered her with a gift. It's not up to her when to stop. It's up to her to do it to the best of her ability until Christ takes her home.

I often hear the frustration in the voices of new writers. Things are not progressing as quickly as they feel it should. Welcome to the world of publishing. The wheel is mighty and it turns mighty slow. To be successful in this industry, one must learn three things:

  • Nothing worth having is easy. It requires work. Hard work.
  • Rejection is a gift. Not a slap in the face. Rejection is the key that unlocks success. With each locked door you face, you hold the key to unlock it. You only have to continue to strive for success.
  • God is able to do immeasurably more in you than you can imagine

But you say, “I’ll never be published. It’s been ___ years.”

My rebuttal is this. For every good writer sitting next to you, there are three more who are better. Competition will always exist. Your choice lays in the decision to self-publish what you have because you’re impatient or be willing to wait. Before you get the fur on your back ruffled, I’m not against self-publishing IF authors do it right. What does that mean?

  1. Do your homework and make a business decision not a heart decision
  2. Don’t skip the steps to make your book the best it can be (editing, cover, etc.)
  3. Don’t launch into a business venture without a substantial platform to sell these books. When you self-publish, you alone are sales and marketing.
  4. When you’ve weighed these steps and feel you’ve got a handle on it. Self-publish.

There is great joy in holding the trophy of our work in our hands. The book. It’s beautiful. We feel successful. It may or may not sell, but we have our book. There is so much more to writing as a Christian than just publishing a book.

We are gifted with this passion to pen words. It burns deep in our souls, but we are looking at the success, in a printed copy. Sometimes, success is simply meant for the person sitting next to you.

I encourage you to flip open the pages of your Bible and read Ephesians 3:20-21( NIV)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.~

The apostle Paul reminded us we are all able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. Our problem is, we don't ask or imagine. We just do, never allowing God to work in and through us. If we are unsuccessful we throw up our hands in frustration rather than asking for the unimaginable through Him who will do it for us.

I realize everyone reading this post is not a believer. It doesn’t matter. The words are still valid for you. You simply need to embrace them.

Think about Paul's words. To Him who is ABLE to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than we ASK or IMAGINE, according to his POWER that is AT WORK WITH IN US.  Did you realize you had such power at your fingertips? Well, you do.

Success is not free but it is attainable with hard work. This day in time, to be a Christian writer is especially difficult. That’s why you stand your ground against the world that pleads with you to take the easy route. Stay the course. Realize the gift God has placed before you and understand He is able to do immeasurably more that you ask or imagine. Then ask. Imagine!

You can write. You can. You can, because He is in you working to do more than you imagine.



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