I recently made an announcement that I am getting my first book published.
With this new and exciting news, it takes me back to one life changing night.
I couldn’t sleep much like many nights beforehand. About two weeks worth! It was during the season of our lives where my husband was in the process of becoming a pastor.
I knew he’d make an excellent pastor. I knew he was ready. I knew God was calling him.
What I didn’t know was if I could be a pastor’s wife. With his title came my title. And I wasn’t ready for it. AT ALL. With Bible in hand I wrestled with God, night after night while my family slept.
I’d tell God, “I can’t do this! You know how I am. I say the wrong things. Often. I make poor decisions sometimes. Okay, more than sometimes. Plus, I don’t want to be a pastor’s wife, I have other plans!”
In the quiet of the night I heard God’s answer. Not audibly, I’m not that crazy. But I “heard” it loud and clear, like it could have been audible.
This verse jumped out from my Bible:
“He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.” –Matthew 10:39
I had my answer. I needed to exchange my plans for God’s plans. And He would take care of the rest. I closed my Bible and went to bed.
God’s plans are always better than ours. AMEN?
When we are obedient to God’s voice, blessings pour out.
Don’t confuse this with everything always going our way—I’m not saying that at all. What I am saying is God knows best. Simple. And just as much true.
In my case, when I gave up what I thought was best for me in exchange for what God had for me, life got easier. Life got better. Exceedingly better.
God led me to writing. When you’re a writer you endure much criticism and rejection.
Have you been criticized?
Have you been rejected?
Not fun, huh?
Well, I’ve had my share.
Every time one of my manuscripts was rejected I would ask God, “Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing?” His answer was always the same. “Keep writing.” Again, I didn’t hear him audibly, but I heard Him clear.
So I kept writing.
Then one day I got a yes. I GOT A YES!
It went from: No. No. No. No. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass.
I GOT A YES!
My first book will be released sometime in 2017 through Barbour Publishing. The book is a premarital book for couples looking to get married, who are engaged, or newly married. It will be jam packed full of practical advice and easy to do tips.
And according to my good friend Eva, “This book will be for ALL married couples. Because it is never too late to start over.”
Thank you for reading, my friend. And thank you for your support in subscribing to my blog. I am excited for you to read my upcoming book.
Until next time, keep going until you hear yes! Or until God changes your course.