Guest Post — Amanda Wen

Today I’m excited to welcome Amanda Wen as she shares how God helped her overcome her fears. Read through to the end to see an exciting opportunity she’s offering to one lucky reader.

“A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.”

That saying is on a beautiful piece of canvas wall art that first caught my eye on the shelf of a local Christian bookstore, where three best-selling, award-winning authors were having a meet-and-greet.

And I was hiding in the stacks, trying to summon the courage to go introduce myself.

Overcoming fear is something God has been working on with me for a long time, and one of the chief avenues he’s using is the process of writing. Or, more accurately, pursuing publication.

Several years ago, we flew to New York City for a family wedding with our three kids, aged five, three, and fifteen months. That was the single most terrifying thing I’d ever done, but when it was a success, I wondered what else I’d missed out on because I was too afraid. Through that trip, God led me to a personal resolution: I would no longer let fear drive the car. If God was directing me to do something, I would do it, no matter how terrified I felt.

I never imagined that resolution would have such a key role in my writing, but it did. After years of writing for a very small, very select audience, I felt like God was calling me to spread my words further. To share the stories he’d given me with a larger audience.

So when I was quaking in my shoes at the thought of entering a writing contest, I entered anyway. When one of those judges, an amazing literary agent, asked for my manuscript, I remembered my promise and sent it on its way. When she called to offer representation, I had to swallow some fear then, too. Signing with an agent, after all, meant I was going to be serious about this writing business. It was not just a hobby anymore. I was trying to make it a career.

But that sign I saw in the bookstore also has 1 Timothy 1:7 on it. “For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Overcoming fear does not depend on our own efforts, but those of an all-powerful and all-loving God, who cares for us, guides us, and shapes us to be more like Jesus.

And Jesus didn’t let fear call the shots, either.

So I gathered my courage and met those authors. They didn’t see me as a pathetic wannabe, as I’d feared. Instead, they respected me as a fellow warrior of the pen, someone who sought the same goal they did: crafting stories to glorify God. I’m now blessed to count all three of those ladies as friends.

Oh, yeah. And I bought that sign, too. I see it every time I’m tempted to stay in my cocoon of comfort. I can walk forward, confident in the God who gives us a spirit of power, love, and self-control.

What terrifying thing is God calling you to do?

*One randomly selected person who answers her question above will have the opportunity to be named as a character in her next book.

About the author:

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of contemporary inspirational romance. Her contest wins include first place in the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest, the 2017 Great Expectations Contest, and the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest. In addition to her writing, Amanda maintains an active and rewarding career as a freelance cellist. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and their three adorable Wenlets. Amanda is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

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