“Shot in the Dark” is from my book Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad (book #3 of 6 published so far). Unthawed includes 12 courageous stories from people (now friends) I met during a time when I lived in northern parts of the country.

I invite you to read excerpts from previous books. I began posting them May 26th on the FROG Blog at www.gueststarcoaching.com.

Any of my six books can be purchased in various formats on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle and other online stores. Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad (F.R.O.G. Blog): Eder, Christina M: 9781734659603: Amazon.com: Books


As an author, I can identify with God’s creation story. At the beginning of each writing project, I sometimes see blank paper as a formless wasteland. The sun may be shining outside while inside I’m waiting for inspiration to fill the abyss between start and finish. I anticipate Holy Spirit wind to sweep over the FROG blog to stir 500 uplifting words for a lily pad lesson.

I satisfied a friend’s double-dare to write a book about what I pondered during distance runs when I wrote my first book, “Life’s Too Short for Dull Razors, Cheap Pens, and Worn-Out Underwear.” That literary birthing process took eleven years to reach an undetermined finish line. Every strand of my DNA had been created to write, so the book’s deadline became a resurrection to fulfill a mission. I’d allowed years of excuses to waylay God’s purpose for me to write publicly.

If God completed projects with the timing and reasoning I sometimes do, the heavens and earth may still be a formless wasteland. Instead, God took His “someday” thoughts and crafted them into “this day’s” action.

“This is the day the Lord has made” (Ps. 118:24). God knew He had eternity (and still does) to create, yet He moved when the notion to make heavens and earth stirred Him. If God responded to His Creator role with elapsed time, scripture may read, “There may come a day that the Lord might make. Let’s anticipate rejoicing and practice being glad.”

Unlike God, my time on earth is limited. When He created in the beginning, He drew me into His plans. I want to use every day to draw nearer to Him. I do that through writing about His creative process at work in my life.

Jesus, thank You for teaching me how to create light openings for dark coverings. Where I’m unfocused, shape me into the form You desire. When I allow fear to excuse me from accomplishing Your assignments, nudge me toward completion according to Your timetable. Thank You for writing my life into Your creative plans.

Inviting surrender and trust to sweep me across the waters of the lily pad,


“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2).

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