Commit Your Way

This devotional was presented at the September 2020 NCWA monthly meeting

Psalm 37: 4,5:

“Trust in the Lord and do good. 
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 
Take delight in the Lord, 
and He will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust Him and He will help you.”

Some of you know I was planning to move out of state last winter. We had put our house on the market. Then Covid-19 struck and everything shut down, including the housing market. My husband and I wondered why our house hadn’t sold immediately. We were so sure of our direction. But then, I got a call from former NCWA president Jill Esau that I had been nominated for president. Big surprise. At first, I said no. Then, after praying and talking with my husband, I said yes. This was something I was not expecting, but God had put unlooked-for steps on my path and I obeyed and took those steps. Maybe that’s why our house didn’t sell. I’ll never know.

And just like that surprise, wherever you are in your writing journey—from great celebrations to devastating rejections—God is never surprised. He knows what’s around the corner and, whatever that is, He wants you to commit your way to Him.

For example, I’ve traditionally published four novels and several books which include some of my short stories and devotionals. I’ve completed two more novels this year and am in the process of shopping them out to both editors and agents.

One of my novels is kind of different. Different as, it’s got a great Christian message but the story line is a bit non-traditional. I imagine many Christian publishers might feel uneasy taking a chance on something this unusual.

Needless to say, I’ve chalked up a couple of rejections already. It’s a little like selling an unusual house: you’ve got to find just the right buyer.

So, as someone who’s experienced lots of rejections, stinging critiques, and  cruel judge’s comments, I would like to encourage you to stay close to Jesus, trust Him to order your steps—even if it’s to experience rejection occasionally—and commit to Him all of your writing fears, concerns, sorrows, rejections, joys, and celebrations. Just as you desire to be used by the Lord, He fully intends to use you for His glory. It’s why you’re still on this earth!

Let me remind you:

“Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and will prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him and He will help you.”


Dena Netherton grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but studied music in Ohio and Michigan. She has been a professional singer, a community musical theater director, and an educator. Since turning to writing, she has published four novels and numerous stories and articles, all for Christian publications. As well as being a member, and president of NCWA, she is also an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is currently shopping out two completed novels, and doing research for two additional stories.