WOW! Where has the time gone? Although I have not posted much, I have been busy going to schools and events reading and sharing Faith’s story and message. I have visited several schools and Career Day events where I shared my life as a writer. Despite all the joys of this journey, I have a confession: I get jaded at times. And honestly, I must admit, that somewhere along the way, I have stopped believing in the mere message of what I wrote. My faith has been dwindling in a lot of areas but I rest assured that I am nestled closely in the arms of God and He will restore and heal me.
At my new church, I have been attending a women’s conference session on “loss” and I learned that in our deepest despair and grief, it is best to share our hurts and sorrows instead of letting them manifest, so I do that. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to read my book at a center for abused children. I was in tears when I entered the door. I just can’t imagine who would hurt a child. The girls loved the book and me and they showered me with hugs and love. They even made a project called, “The Faith Garden” after I finished reading. Imagine how awesome I felt! I know God smiled down on me at that moment. Because of that, I share my testimony even more and I reach out to women in my area. I donate and volunteer my time to church and at times on the job. But there is still a minute hurt and “ouch” area in my life. Much of my hurts come from the journey as a writer and I had to refocus on why I write. I am left with three reasons:
3. Share Christ and His goodness with the world
No where present is the hope nor desire to make tons of money and become rich or to be famous. But somehow the enemy sneaked into the crevices of my heart about my book and the promotion I put behind it. I sale a lot of books but I don’t inundate the world with massive promotion. I promote my book, but I don’t use it as a marketing tool for the world; I use it for God. I give away more books to charity, unfortunate kids, and anyone who can’t afford a copy. Is there something wrong with that? No, I don’t think so because I believe that God is at the apex of it all and when it is time for me to make extreme profitable gain from book sales, it will happen in God’s timing! For now, I am basking in what God has told me to do, which is “WRITE FOR ME, LIVE FOR ME, GIVE FOR ME, DO FOR ME!” Isn’t it amazing when one is obedient to the Father?
As I practice obedience, I am even more spiritually aligned with my call to missions and just being a servant of God. I am reading Kelly Minter’s, “Nehemiah: A Heart that Breaks for Others” as my personal Bible Study and I must say, it is a mirror before my very soul. Kelly chronicles that which I can not put into words nor say, but what I deeply feel. It’s so wondrous how God works and for that I am grateful. I am also attending a church in my hometown and I shared my book with people in the church. I have full faith that my series will take flight as I just sit back patiently while sharing with all I can.
I have a book event on tomorrow that I am thrilled about – reading to my sponsor school and I am also in process of finding an illustrator for “Frankie Mincey, Tie Your Shoes,” a multicultural book I am working on. So as you can see, culture, writing, traveling, God, and just being an altruistic person is who I pretty much am and I am learning to accept who I am in Christ, even when life thwarts me to change.
Pray for me please as I walk this beautiful journey God has planned for me and while you’re at, take the time to smell the beauty of nature along the way and take a peek into faith’s garden and see what you can pluck. Okay?