Are Your Fingernails Long Enough for the Struggle????

Posted: November 15, 2016 in World On The Edge

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Last week was an exhausting struggle for many of us, but ultimately became extremely elevating for me. The man I voted for and promoted on this blog, actually won despite all the odds against him. Many of us Catholic bloggers pushing for Trump were maligned with vitriolic comments. Those comments hurt, but we kept it up, and of course, it paid off. Now, I believe, and am praying, that Donald Trump will be great for America–all of America, including the over 60 million previously excluded middle-class and blue-collar Americans of faith.

On Wednesday after the election, I picked up my regular life again. I traveled to New Orleans for the William Faulkner Conference and Competition. Since I had two novels that made the finals, I was able to meet with two literary agents and two acquisition editors, one from Dutton, the other from Penguin/Random House. I have more work to do on the novels, but one of the manuscripts was called, “very publishable” by one of the two editors, and the other editor gave me absolutely super suggestions for my other book. So, I was very encouraged.

Because I’m going to be working hard on my manuscripts, I will only be blogging once a week for a while. I do appreciate all of you who subscribe to and follow this blog!

The election and the following conference have proved one thing for me–never give up. There are days when everything goes against us and we may become discouraged in our endeavors, even with life in general. But we should keep hanging on.

Near the end of her life, I gave my mother a cup with the image of a little bear cub hanging onto a tree by its claws. The inscription on the cup was: You’ve Got What it Takes to Hang in There–Long Fingernails! It was difficult time for my mother, but she struggled through it. She hung on and prevailed in a very beautiful way.

I often remember those words, and link them to this passage: 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Hanging on by our fingernails is hard! But great struggles can produce even greater rewards.

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