In light of our recent discussions on Calling and Gifts, I am excited to share an author interview with Sara Horn. Sara is definitely using her gifts and talents to fulfill God’s calling.
Author of several books,Sara’ s newest book, My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife: A One Year Experiment and its Liberating Results, just released this month! Sara shares life as it is in this laugh-out-loud story of her one-year experiment to discover what it means to be a submissive wife in this day and age.
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How would you encourage others to be bold in using their gifts?
When you’re looking at using the talents or gifts you believe God’s given you – whether it’s writing, or cooking or accounting or starting your own business – I think you HAVE to be able to move past the fear. Because at some point, your excitement and adrenaline and passion are going to run into fear. Something is going to get hard. A roadblock is going to stick its ugly head up. A setback is going to appear.
If you’re lucky, that doesn’t come until after you’ve already jumped in – but occasionally it will happen before you even get started. Self-doubt will try to push you down. Don’t let it.
The best way to do this is to look for the confirmations – friends who encourage you, experiences that let you know you know you were meant to do what God’s put on your heart to do, little successes God allows you to see as you go along.
I would also say this: don’t walk in someone else’s path.
What I mean is don’t see someone who is doing what you want to do, and try to completely emulate them, making your goal the goals they’ve already achieved. God may have something completely different in mind for you, and I think we do a disservice to ourselves when we tune Him out to focus on following someone else’s life.
The life He’s planned for you is more than enough for you.
Our job is to learn how to listen and listen well. I had several role models I worked with in my early days of writing who thought I was crazy for taking a trip to the Middle East to cover stories of Christians in the midst of war (which resulted in my first book, A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom with Oliver North). If I’d listened to them, and not pursued what I clearly and distinctly felt God leading me to do – my life would be completely different today, I am sure of it.
I would have missed out on so much.
What is the main message you want readers to grasp?
With My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife, I really want readers to just take a look at their marriages from a new perspective. From a biblical perspective.
Now, even as I write that, I know someone is going to read that phrase “biblical perspective” and instantly think “old-fashioned, women are doormats” point of view. But that is absolutely not true. We are bombarded with media, and culture and even friends offering us their slant on marriage and with so much divorce, so many people who have married two, three, four times and with so many couples not even bothering to marry now but just live together, I have to ask, how’s that working out for us?
There has to be a better way, and I believe if more of us would just pick up the Bible and study up on the role of the wife, the role of the husband (because they work hand in hand), if more of us would first pursue relationships with Christ and then our relationships with our spouses, more of our marriages would last.
Practicing biblical submission is not putting chains on yourself, it’s actually taking some of those chains off. There are things the wife was never intended to carry, but partly because of our insistence, and partly because of our husband’s resistance to lead, we’re carrying a lot. And I can definitely say that going through this experience has shifted things for my husband and I. In a very good way. He is learning how to lead. And I’m learning how to support. And it works.
Join us tomorrow for a little more conversation with Sara.
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