How I Became a Newspaper Columnist

Have you ever had a series of events take place that you just knew God orchestrated? Something that has happened to you that had the fingerprints of the Almighty all over it?

Last June, I was reading an article by Mary DeMuth about building a “platform” as a writer. One of the ways that she shared was to write a column for your local newspaper. I immediately thought, “Yea, right. There is no way I am going to write a religion column for the Free Lance-Star.”

About ten minutes after reading Mary’s article, I walked out to get the mail. Each week, we get a free copy of the paper and it just happened to come that day. The children were actually playing quietly (which doesn’t happen often) when I got back to the house, so I decided to relax a minute and read the paper.

When I opened it up, I could not believe my eyes. There was a full-page article announcing that the religion columnist, an older Baptist preacher, was stepping aside. When I told a friend this story she said, “Did you take your shoes off because you were standing on holy ground?”

I literally said aloud, “Okay, God. I get it.” I ran over to the computer, looked up the editor of the religion section and sent off an email letting her know that I wanted to be the new religion columnist.

After lots of prayer, writing samples, and weeks of back and forth emails, I am officially a religion columnist for Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star newspaper! I got up early this morning so I could get a copy (okay, I bought more than one) of my first bi-weekly column.

As I opened the paper and saw my precious words on this page, I whispered teary-eyed prayers of thanksgiving.

When I answered God’s call to share the message of His great love through writing and speaking over a year ago, I prayed this prayer:

God, I will knock on the doors, but it is up to You to open them for me. I will not go beating them down or try to accomplish things of my own accord. If you have something for me to do, please make it clear and pave the way to make it happen.

I am definitely guilty of thinking that I know what God’s will is and then forcing circumstances to make what I think should happen a reality. As you can imagine, things can get very ugly, very quickly. I have to constantly remind myself to leave it up to Him to open the doors before faithfully walking through them.

I want to always remember this example of Him clearly guiding my steps and the beautiful gift that came as a result of being obedient.

It would be so encouraging to hear your stories of God opening doors for you. When in your life have your experienced a series of events that were undeniably orchestrated by God?

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  • Helen Tisdale

    Heather, I loved your post today! First, your name of Royal Inheritance resignates with me in so many levels. When I looked to “who you were”, I related in the fact, when I even try to do studies with books; I even shudder to put down on paper so many things (about myself), & I stop right in my tracks! When you talk about series of events happening in our lives. That is what is going on RIGHT NOW! Too much to tell you here, but you certainly inspired me today, to confirm this Is God drawing me & ordering my steps! Thankyou!

    • hablondi

      Hi Helen. I am so glad that you can relate to having a “royal inheritance”. I think that there is a little bit of princess in all of us. We need to allow the King to cultivate her heart so that she can become a queen! Will be praying for you as you take the next steps to be obedient to whatever He is calling you to do. Blessings!

  • Karen

    Congratulations Heather! I have been sensing that same message–wait for God to open the doors, rather than forcing things and being frustrated. He is calling me to slow down, be more generous with myself, and wait for Him. Be sure to stay close to Him so He can speak through you.

    • hablondi

      That is the key, isn’t it? Staying close to Him. I have a tendency of getting close to Him, getting a message and then running with that message under my own strength. It never works out in the end. I have been waiting for so long for these doors to open. Now that things seem to be moving forward, I am so thankful that I didn’t get these opportunities years ago. I was not ready for them. We just need to trust that He will bring us what we need when we are ready to receive it. Will be praying for you! Blessings!

  • SimplySurrender

    No way and never…don’t exist in His vocabulary! Learning slowly to take them out of mine!

    • hablondi

      Isn’t that the truth! Great advice 🙂

  • Chelle Wilson

    Amen. God’s blessings for us are so much bigger than our imaginings…that’s why He’s God.
    Blessings and congratulations to you on your new venture.So glad I read your post at the Wellspring.
    God’s peace and good to you.

    • hablondi

      Thanks for stopping by, Chelle.

  • Kim Hall

    Congratulations! How exciting your writing will be reaching a new audience! I am where I am now because God was so insistent about me leaving my ill fitting day job. So afraid at first, so much happier now as I find my way through following him!
    Thanks for the post. It is inspiration to all that we need to listen, be prepared and be unafraid for the opportunities he presents to us.

    • hablondi

      Wow, Kim. That does sound scary! But it sounds like it was worth it. I think the unafraid is the key part of your statement. Sometimes He calls us to things that He knows He can equip us to do, but our fear of failing keeps us from following through. I think that is why He had to make His will so clear to me, I would have been too afraid to do it otherwise!

  • Heather Windeler

    WOOT! I am so excited for you Heather. God is so amazing in the ways He works! Can you email me the link to your column? I would love to read it. 🙂

    • hablondi

      Thanks, Heather! The column is not on the paper’s website. They only post a limited number of stories from each paper. I am going to scan the article and can send it to you. God amazes me all the time!

  • Jean Wise

    (Coming over from SDG) I am so excited for you. wow did God plan that or what? I write for our local paper too – mostly features stories and health articles but would love to do a religious column someday. Glad to connect and to find your blog

    • hablondi

      Thanks, Jean. It was very humbling to know how God orchestrated the whole thing. Start praying for Him to open the door and you never know what might happen! Nice to connect with you, as well!

  • Heather Miller

    SOOOOOOOOOO excited for you!! 😀

    • hablondi

      Thanks, Heather!

  • christimarcotte

    God loves to work things out in a way that only He receives Glory! What an amazing turn of events! I would have bought as many as I could afford! One day your children will read that first article and know how God paved the way! So happy for you!

    • hablondi

      I bought 6, which seemed like a lot at the time, but now I am thinking I should have bought more. I have had so many people from out of the area ask for a copy. I think I am going to be scanning it in and sending it out as a .jpg 🙂 So exciting to see God moving and working.