A Time to Work, A Time to Rest

Talking and writing and teaching, oh my!

I argue against being labeled a workaholic.  Still, in the quiet honesty of exhaustion, I have to admit that I sometimes wobble on the edge. Not that I see it as a definite negative.  I do get a lot done.

Working at writers conferences is a joy.  So was selling a box of my book Women in Crisis:  A Handbook for People Helpers, then scouting out enough extra copies to allow a Southern pastor to present a seminar for 50 women desperately in need of help.  A joy, yes, but also a time consuming challenge.

I do like to teach and speak.  Hey, how often do we get to speak our minds to people who really want to listen?  I like it, but the preparation does take time.

Oh, and writing, of course.  Even with the deadlines.  And an assortment of other  jobs–at church, with family and friends, in the neighborhood.  All good, but all take time and effort.

Which is why I need to get away and recover and renew.

Which is why Dan and I decided to skip out on the recently endless rain at home, and the non-stop work, to vacation in sunny Hawaii.  It’s just what both of us needed.

Yes, I admit it.  I am doing some work. But not much. And I’m doing research here in Hawaii for an upcoming book.  But I’ll save that for another post!

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

 

 

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, eight have been book club selections, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart, Christ’s Home, Through the Year. I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships! More and more my writing and speaking are drawing me to countries and cultures around the world. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God and to speak on their behalf. I’ve traveled to the hard places of the world to tell “the rest of the story” of our donor dollars at work. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with 17th century John Newton, slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland with the preview team of the movie Amazing Grace (John wrote the hymn). I recently spoke in Japan and South Korea, and my husband Dan and I taught writing classes in India. And, oh, how thankful I am for every bit of it! I went to West Africa to work on a non-fiction book, but when I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall, I was struck dumb. All I could think was: “How could good, God-fearing people ever get to the place where they think that is okay?” From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. My seven trips to India led to the Blessings in India fiction trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Join me as I walk along the beach, or work in the garden, or warble a tune. Be my friend. Maybe you will choose to also be a 21st century abolitionist.
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8 Responses to A Time to Work, A Time to Rest

  1. Noel Kurian says:

    Was good to read your simple style Kay. One line where u said about speaking your mind; I was prefer one speaking his/ her heart. The former phrase sounds more like reaction or a similar emotion. HeArt to heart will always reach the heart. Blessed holiday at HI. I studied 22 weeks at Kona way back in 1998 with YWAM .

  2. kaystrom says:

    Thank you, Noel. I agree that speaking one’s heart is much better than speaking one’s mind. You studied at Kona? That’s where we visited. Thanks again for adding your voice and your wisdom.
    ~Kay

  3. Jean Stewart says:

    Aloha, dear friend with friend. Aloooooha!

  4. B.J. Taylor says:

    Restless…that’s what I call myself. Workaholic? Maybe. But for me it’s more of not being able to sit still! I’m always moving, always thinking, always planning. And I do believe that’s a good thing.

    Like you, I love to speak and teach. An upcoming conference way over wonder in Pennsylvania in July has me jumping for joy, since I did not make it to Mount Hermon this year (I missed you and Dan so much).

    You taught me long ago that my life is like a pie and to portion it out in slice sizes depending on need and what is going on in my life. GREAT advice that I have utilized lately as I have moved and adjusted to retirement, then put my efforts into a major revitalization of my dog book and then into the full book proposal. That went to an editor on April 7th (who requested it at last year’s MH and who I checked with in December who responded in March…send it!).

    Life happens! And something I learned along the way at many conferences is even if the response time is waaaaaayyyyy late….don’t give up. Editors have a life too!

    Hugs and love to you both! And how wonderful that you took a well-deserved vacay.

  5. I so missed going to Mount Hermon this year. You on one of my favorite persons to see there. The budget just couldn’t stretch.
    I have finished first draft of the sequel to Riches to Rags. Lily is up to many more projects in her young life and running into difficulties because of conditions in India giving her troubles of a different kind.

  6. kaystrom says:

    I missed you, Elizabeth. Thank you for your kind words.
    I cannot wait to see what all Lily is up to now. When will the sequel be out?

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