I am so happy that “Peace in the Midst” has provided encouragement to several people. I have had some send me private messages, and some in person. I am not a theologian, just a lover of Christ. Yes, this is my first published book. No, it is not perfect. But I am so grateful that the Father has used it in the lives of people. Truly, I am humbled.
I also realize that God gifts us in many areas, and that we choose whether or not to use these gifts for His glory. To surrender our lives means that in all areas of life we surrender, even the very simple things. When we indeed understand the unconditional love of God that is not a difficult task. Well, I will admit that the “little things” are harder than the bigger.
We have had a few days when several things have gone wrong at the house and in other areas. In fact, if I were to list them you would probably laugh. This is the reaction we have finally chosen. After fretting over them a bit, we have turned them over as well.
So as awkward as this feels to ask, please feel free to share this post. The more encouragement out there, the better!
This scripture is pretty amazing, especially if you want to take it completely out of context! “I love the Lord, therefore I will write a book to honor Him and it will be a bestseller and I will be able to buy a second home in Florida!”
There are a few things wrong. First, to “take delight” in the Lord means (in the Hebrew)to bend towards, to be inclined towards [an object or person],”to delight or take pleasure in.”
So we are pliable in His hands, we’re bending towards Him. And our desire is to totally have the Lord be our life. When we start looking outward, we lose it. In other words, our desires should line up with His desires. He is Life.
I have been a “performance based” person in the past. I felt like I had to perform a certain way, do tons of “good things” to gain His love. And unfortunately, when circumstances or insecure feelings surface, I can get right back in that mindset.
So, having written a book “finally” and publishing it “finally”…made me realize that the “finally” had not occurred because of my fear of rejection. I had to make sure my heart was truly “delighting in Him.” The desire of my heart truly is to encourage people, and I believe that is His heart as well.
I want to have no “earthly” expectations. I want to trust God, submit myself to Him and His desires, not my own. Would I be thrilled to sell tons of books? Yep. And yes, I love Florida. But I don’t want it be about me, I want it always to be about HIM.
He knew 25 years ago I was not comfortable resting in Christ and my identity was not in HIM. So now is the time.
Just checking in! As I mentioned in my last post, our granddaughter arrived a couple of weeks early and is doing very well! She is precious and we are so excited. She is loved by two sets of grandparents who are experiencing their first grandchild, as well as so many friends and family!
I am back to working on the third edit of “Unexpected Gifts” and each time I go through it myself I find more to correct. I guess that is the teacher in me too, I want everything to be correct, and I am sure I will miss some items. I will run it through the “Grammarly” program again after this edit.
There sure is a lot to think about when writing and publishing a book! I have always felt it was to be published on Amazon as an e-book. Self-publishing a book in print can be quite costly, and right now that is not something we feel like I should do.
So, prayers appreciated. I know that I know, that I know I am supposed to get this book out there. Oddly enough I have two more book outlines started already. The second book will be a devotional and the other is another piece of fiction. Although I might make a second book in this series, we will just wait and see what the response is……
So my prayer is that you all are doing well. I hope to be back to blogging and staying in contact with all of you again soon.