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Wednesday’s Woman–Trisha Priebe, Author

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Ah, Wednesday’s Woman has returned! Thank you for your patience during the break. Today I am happy to bring you a fellow lover-of-words, Trisha Priebe. And now, here is Trisha in her own words…

Wait Gain

I am a professional waiter.

Well, okay, I’m a wife, writer, editor, teacher, and former water polo queen as well, but mainly, I wait for things.

Each phase of my life has included long periods of waiting. With the exception of falling in love (which actually happened a bit quicker than I plan to communicate to my children) I have waited a long time to achieve each of my goals.

Currently, I am waiting to become a mother.

Twenty-eight months ago, my husband and I began the process to adopt our child overseas. Our son-to-be stole our hearts the moment we saw him. (Apparently my weakness is love.) Now we would cross heaven and earth to bring him home—and nearly have—a dozen times at least.

When I’m not on hold with a social worker or filling out yet another stack of adoption paperwork, I’m writing or editing. I’m a full-time editor for a well-known corporation that churns out magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, MORE, and Parents.

FYI: I always have a free stack of these delightful magazines on my desk at work. It’s likely I carry more titles than your doctor’s office. Stop by and see for yourself!

Recently, I combined my love of writing and habit of waiting to create a book that is already a bestseller. (Can you believe it? Neither can I.) The book is entitled, Trust, Hope, PrayEncouragement for the Task of Waiting, and can be purchased here (in support of our adoption) or on amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

My advice—no matter a woman’s profession—is this: Do what you love. I’ve tried my hand at a million things that I thought I should do, (most recently being accepted into a medical program) when what I should be doing is exactly what I’m doing now. My advice to writers and editors is to learn from the best, write every day, and remain a student in whatever subjects you most enjoy.

To fellow waiters in the world, remember that, no matter the circumstance, the sovereign will of God has ordered our steps—yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s. And while that knowledge doesn’t clear the pathway of thorns or pitfalls, or promise a trail of uncompromising ease, it enables us to walk with confidence on the path God has chosen for our lives, knowing our good guide is in full control (Psalm 37:23–24).

Now to wait on dinner . . .

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