You may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve been using Thursday’s FaithWriters Blog posts to highlight a birthday, holiday, or some sort of “special day,” and link it to writing. Well, when I checked some of my favorite sites, I found out that today, September 22, is Elephant Appreciation Day. And when I mentioned it to a friend, she got inspired, and I asked her to write a guest post for this um…special day. And she’s got another elephant post at her own blog. But enough intro. Here we go:


By Patty Wysong

Ah. Elephant Appreciation Day. Good thing they put this one on the calendar, otherwise most of us wouldn’t stop and appreciate those elephants. Through the years I’ve had many elephants. Haven’t you?

No, I don’t mean pet elephants, I’ll leave that for the real missionaries—over in Africa. I mean those things that act as roadblocks. Yanno, mental things that keep us from doing what God has called us to do. Things like time, ability, doubts, fears, naysayers, excuses. You get my drift. Things that seem… elephantine.

It’s time for us to appreciate them.

Mm hmm.
Appreciate the things that try to stop you from doing what God has called you to do. Why would anyone want to appreciate that kind of elephant? Because those elephants make us turn to One who is far greater than any elephant could ever be. They make us run to the One who is mighty to save, and as we hold on to Him in our weakness and fear, He shows Himself strong in a way that leaves no doubt in our minds that He is the One who tamed the elephant.

Are you doubting you can write what God has called you to write? “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Fearful? “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Hesitant? “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” Exodus 4:11-12

Nervous? “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘you are My people.’” ~Isaiah 51:16

Feeling powerless to write what He’s called you to write? “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.” ~Zechariah 4:6

Each of these elephants has made me hold on to God, and God is showing Himself strong through them.

So tell me, what’s the elephant in your life that’s keeping you from writing what you really want to write and what do you plan on doing about it? What are some verses you use to tame the elephants in your lives?

*All verses quoted from New American Standard Bible.

Patty Wysong, a home executive with over 20 years of experience, homeschools three of her five children, but don’t let that fool you. She spends much of her time working on what God has placed in her hand: her keyboard. From the corner of her living room she writes inspirational fiction, devotionals, blog posts, and teaches online blogging workshops. You’ll also find her drinking kool aid from her china cup, preparing for the ladies Bible study she leads, and helping at their church.

Patty learned about blogs and blogging the hard way and now delights in teaching and helping others, sparing them that frustration so they can focus on what God has called them to do. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.

You can find her online at her blog Ordinary Lives and on Facebook.

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