Country Living Series

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What happens when God closes a door

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled What Happens When God Closes a Door.


  1. So, did you finally get THAT book published? I can see you did get to be a published author.

  2. Patrice, I'm one of your many fans and grateful readers, and I'd not have found you but for WND. So [[[[hugs hugs hugs]]]] to Joseph Farah and his team of mighty word warriors. Long may they prosper.

    And, of course, as always, many many many big hugs to that quietly handsome Redundant Feller....Don Lewis for his encouragement and support, especially wrt your first submission to WND. (Now there's a blast from the past, eh? For those who may not remember "Kenny"....I'm referring to a long-ago 'poster' here who liked to try and give Don and Patrice a bad time. As I recall, he sent Patrice several inane messages, one questioning what good Don served or some such if to say Don was somehow redundant to life at the Lewis homestead. Gee. For some strange reason Kenny didn't last long here. Patrice basically (and with great politeness and class) ate his lunch and popped the sack.

    So seven years ago God closed a little door and opened a great big window, and the rest is history. And I'm just one among many whose lives have been blessed as a result.

    I come here for all kinds of reasons, practical and otherwise, and I consider you and Don to be friends and neighbors, and hold you both in the highest esteem for the walk you walk and the example you set.

    So congratulations on this happy occasion, and Godspeed. May the blessings continue to pour in and may your writing career continue to flourish.

    Love and best wishes always,

    A. McSp

  3. Congrats on 9 years.........enjoy your writing.

  4. Every time I am disappointed, God reminds me His choices for me are far better. Those slammed doors protect me, even though, like you I shed tears.
    He turns my sad tears into tears of joy. I often only see it when I look back. Garth Brooks wrote a beautiful song, "I thank God for unanswered prayers". It's good to see, hear and read of people in prominent places acknowledging the hand of God in their lives.

  5. Congrats Patrice! Your story, successes, and even your lessons after failure have inspired me.

    I have a question, long does it take you to write your piece for WND? I have the awesome role of writing a weekly Bible study/devotional for a megachurch in our area--a much-wanted blessing from God since I'm studying ministry. I love to write but I take hours to write a 1,000 word count lesson (roughly 2 or so pages) and I spend days editing. I've been offered a second writing opportunity, but if I take this long to write one I don't know that I'd have time to write a second each week. Should I be able to write faster? How do you do it?

    Thank you for advising a new fellow writer. ~~ Tricia

    1. It entirely depends on the subject -- and how pressured I am for time. Sometimes I can crank out 1000 words easily in an hour, but more often it's a couple of hours. If I'm undisturbed and can concentrate, I get things done faster. Obviously if I have a lot of distractions, not so fast. Since I'm an early bird by nature, a startling amount of my writing happens at 4 am onward.

      One time I had a massive 5000-word Backwoods Home Magazine article due on Monday and I didn't even start it until Saturday. Our kids had a function in a nearby town, and I drove them in and holed up in the library for four or five hours straight and got that sucker written. I was wiped afterward, but I did it (that's what I get for procrastinating!).

      Don is my primary editor and will always go over my columns and sometimes my articles, depending on how confident I feel about it.

      Writing is like a muscle, it improves with exercise. Your first few attempts will take forever and cause you to pull your hair out in frustration. But if you persevere, it really does get better and easier -- honestly it does!

      Congrats on your new opportunity.

      - Patrice

    2. Patrice, thank you so much for sharing some of your personal examples! It gives me hope! My weakness is to keep going back and finding a better word or better way of saying something. Drives me nuts!

      Again, thank you for your kindness and time for replying..No wonder I love coming here. God bless you for all you do for others.

      ~~ Tricia

  6. Great article Patrice! As usual.
    Love your blog and love WND.