BECOMING A NEW AUTHOR
My story of becoming a new author actually began in childhood, as I have always been interested in writing. Fast forward to the Autumn of 2013, when my daughter asked me to write an article for her blog. With her encouragement and support, I started my own blog shortly after submitting my article to her.
In August of 2022, I wrote a book of 31 devotions while resting and recuperating after being sick. Much of it came from my former blog posts and other articles. Each devotional uses scripture, poetry, and some examples from my life. Later, I added prayers and reflection questions. The writing came so quickly I thought, “Wow, that was easy.”
Little did I know how NOT easy the journey would be.
Since I work as a volunteer for Chronic Joy, I asked my co-workers to read it. I was surprised when Chronic Joy offered to publish it. I would sign a release, and any royalties would go to them. After praying about it, I agreed.
HURDLES TO CROSS
It seemed like things were moving along when a hurdle appeared on the journey. Though many friends had read it, and no one had seen any glaring errors, the editor disagreed. I was given the option to take it back and publish it on my own.
After some soul-searching and praying about it, I decided to stick with Chronic Joy. Then, it took more praying to realize I had not fully surrendered it to God. Early on, I believed that He had helped me write it, and I still believed that, but I needed to completely put it in His hands, which I did as I prayed.
SLOGGING THROUGH EDITS
Finally, after many, many edits, I took my hands off, completely releasing it to Chronic Joy. Then, I waited and prayed. Whenever I wanted to ask about its progress, I prayed that God would give me patience and help me trust His timing. Now they have published the book! I am thankful for the extra editing time because it helped me write a better book and deepened my relationship with God.
This is a very exciting experience for me. I pray that this book will encourage all who read to continue journeying to the Light (who is Jesus), putting your trust in Him daily.
ABOUT THE FOREWORD
The first time I listened to Michael Card’s music, it drew me in because it is unique. He uses a variety of styles, and the lyrics are always meaningful. Often, as my husband and I were reading scripture together, we would remark to one another, “Hey, there’s a Michael Card song!” The fact that he based his songs on the Word of God made them even more meaningful to us.
He is also a gifted Bible scholar and teacher. Since 2016, we have been attending a 5-day Intensive Bible training seminar he leads, usually held the third week of July. When he teaches, his excitement shows his love for God’s Word. It rubs off and invites his listeners to read the Bible slowly instead of rushing through familiar passages, to dig deeper, and ask questions, all with a desire to know God better.
So, I took the leap and sent him an email requesting him to read over the draft and write the foreword. A few weeks passed, and I wasn’t sure if it would work out. Yet, God was leading each step of the way. When I checked with Mike later, he not only had begun writing it but was almost finished. Needless to say, I was thrilled and thankful that he would take the time to do this for me.
ALWAYS PERSEVERE AND LEARN FROM MISTAKES
Throughout the journey of writing this book, there were many ups and downs with a full range of emotions. There was excitement, frustration, misunderstandings, hard conversations, much wrestling in prayer, and weariness. Yet with all that, there was much joy and excitement as we worked and waited for its completion in God’s timing.
Have you ever attempted something and met with trials along the way? Did you feel like giving up? Most, if not all of us, have probably had those feelings. Yet, with God’s help, we can persevere when the going is hard.
Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances may cause us to abandon an attempt, but we can learn from it. Our God has promised to be with us always, and He can turn what looks like a failure into something good.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
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