It’s been quiet in this corner for a lot of reasons.
- End of school year madness. Why does it surprise me every year?
- Loss of a dear, dear friend
- Tom’s travel schedule
- Co leading a small group study with Tom
- Oh, and I’m releasing ENGAGED this month!
ENGAGED is the third book in the Surrendering Time Series. ENTRUSTED was about surrendering the present. ENTANGLED was about surrendering the past. ENGAGED? You guessed it. Surrendering the future.
I loved ENTRUSTED, but the process was a challenge because it was new and I was full of doubt. I did not love ENTANGLED. The story has been a favorite with readers, but I couldn’t relate to Carla, so it made the writing process difficult. I struggled more with doubt. The second book syndrome is real.
ENGAGED has been fun to write. It brings back some humor and sass that I had in ENTRUSTED and carries a theme I know too well. Surrendering your dreams for God’s plans.
I’ll share more as time is closer, but for now, there is a chance for one US winner to win a signed copy of ENGAGED.
Visit Patti’s Porch and leave a comment on the post. Of course, you need to read the post. It’s a good story, and all true. I’ll never forget how that all came together. Only God.
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What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.
The book starts out with transparency as Rachel shares their vacation experience. With each mishap and missed injury or worse, Rachel reminds herself to breathe. With that honesty, I’m captivated and I join her and her husband as they share their story. They have two children with special needs. They use their own stories, great visuals (I love explaining their situation is like receiving an orange for dessert when everyone else gets chocolate,) Scripture and thoughts that provoke the reader beyond the last page.
They are upfront that although their story is about their children, the book is for anyone looking for hope, and I believe that. It was easy to partner with their story and find the hope to cling to. When they admitted this is the book they needed, I agree with them. When our daughter was first diagnosed with special needs, I saw a lot of academic type books, but none that addressed the million thoughts I had racing in every direction at all times. Although I’m a few years past that time, I still found the book refreshing. I felt less alone.
I absolutely recommend THE LIFE WE NEVER EXPECTED. In fact, I have one to give away (please remember if you comment, leave an email where I can reach you.) Please tell me why you should have this book. I’ll pick a winner July 5th.
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As I scratch my head in awe that 2014 is here and gone, I’m even more amazed at the ways God delivered on the words He gave me to focus and live for in the year. Because 2013 was abundance, it was awesome He gave two words for 2014.
I knew right away chosen didn’t mean I was elite or better than. It meant quite the opposite. God was ready to take a flawed mess like me and somehow use me to further His Kingdom.
Preposterous because to anyone with any smarts about them, with anything on paper—it’s going to look ridiculous. All day long.
- We knew 2014 would be the year we would move simply because He was asking us to trust Him to. We packed in faith without a lot of direction. We thought we found the house only to have it fall through with deception to boot. But from that disappointment came the house God had for us all along. More than we could have asked for. A place to minister to others. Grow as a family. Take sanctuary in Him. For less money than the other house would have been that didn’t offer even close to what we now have in cozy and warm. Talk about chosen. So preposterous.
- 2014 was the year my writing life went into turbo boost. My surrender message and a lot of chocolate took center stage as I signed off on my FaithWriter stories from years past for their anthologies. I signed a three book contract with Write Integrity Press for the Adirondack surrender romance series Entrusted, Entangled and Engaged. Entrusted is out now and I love hearing from readers that they felt like visiting the Adirondacks and that the people of Speculator Falls felt like friends.
- Ministry work ebbed, flowed and transitioned to new opportunities I never would have considered. To have a voice, to be a voice that can encourage and cheer others on for youth and women of all ages.
- The kids stayed strong with the move stress and marched through their school year with Passion play performances, school play debuts, Fun Arts, spelling bee, National Honor Society induction and driving.
- My husband watched his employer transition with a new name. For most of the year we thought he was traveling to India. It was on, off, on, on hold, off, on, and now on hold until further notice. There might be other changes that he’s up for.
What I love is these words aren’t just for me. Have you prayed and asked Him what His plan is for you? He’s got some pretty chosen and preposterous things for you, too.
I’ll reveal the word He gave me to live out in 2015.
Well, this is new! I’m so excited to present Desert Breeze author June Foster with you. She is a gifted writer and I’m blessed to have her in my Scribes critique group. June’s blog today features an interview with—me! It’s a swap, and I love it. Please leave her a comment today! Want to read my interview on her blog? Go here.
The things I’m thankful for each year change as circumstances change. But one thing which remains consistent is my gratitude to the Lord. I am thankful for salvation through Jesus Christ, for Christian fellowship, and at my age I’m especially thankful for good health. If you ask me next year, I’ll say the same thing.
But I do have a story to share for which I am indebted to the Lord, something I never thought would happen to me. Only the Almighty God could’ve orchestrated it.
For seven or eight years I had a story incubating in my mind. I even visualized the scenes and the characters. You may not think that so unusual, but I’ve never had an interest in writing—much less a romance. End time prophesies intrigued me. I read every single one of The Left Behind Series.
All this retired school teacher wanted to do was travel in an RV with her husband doing all the touristy things. But God had a different plan. In November of 2009, I told my daughter about the story. She made a remark which was the spark the Lord used. “Why don’t you write it, Mom?”
I went home that day and knew my life had changed forever. I got a new Toshiba laptop, a Sprint air card, and a printer. My husband and I set out on our latest RV adventure on January 1, 2010. My dear spouse took the couch out of the RV and replaced it with a writing table and file cabinets. I purchased every “how to” book I could get my hands on, and joined ACFW and Scribes.
I think at first, my husband scratched his head and figured I was going through a “phase,” a post-midlife crisis. But when I continued to pound the keys of my computer, he became convinced. And supportive. He helps me considerably with facts, details and even plot ideas.
Now less than two years later, the Lord has blessed me with publication of four of my six novels. The first one, the story that lurked for so long, is not published yet. But I’m praying for God’s open doors.
I think the reason I’m so thankful for this is the assurance that God does intervene in our lives. And when He wants to take us in the opposite direction from the way we were going, He gives us the grace to do it. He is sovereign.
Give Us This Day – Feb. 1, 2012
As We Forgive – Sept. 1, 2012
Deliver Us – April 1, 2013
A Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012