Thursday, December 28, 2017

What Does 2018 Hold For Us?

It seems as though I am still waiting for Christmas. Thanksgiving was so full of family and memories and then the preparation for Christmas, buying of gifts, decorating, baking of cookies, wonderful Church services celebrating Jesus and then spending time with beloved family. I love all these things.

Now we approach a new year. What will it hold for us? I have been tapping down the excitement of my book going to print this week. I wanted to embrace the holidays first. BUT NOW its here.

We have all been carefully looking for typos and any other problems but within the next few days it goes to print. And my publish date for Not Really A Princess is fast approaching.


I am not sure what this all means for me. Book signings, maybe some speaking engagements. And it has been suggested I have a book publishing party. Hmmm. That is something that would be fun to do. I have felt encouraged by so many who have preordered already off Amazon.

At the writers conference last spring I wrote down the stat that the average book only sells 200 copies. Most books do not get past the early stages of sales. I already know we will pass that stat but I know I need to do some work to promote the book. This is hard for me. It is definitely not my thing but I know that every step has been out of my comfort zone and I have been able to do what is needed. So onward!

I also know that in 2018 I will be working on the second book, It's Not About The Pie. Hopefully the process will go smoothly now that I know what is in front of me. What an adventure this has all been!

I would encourage all of you to do something out of your comfort zone in 2018. Something you have wanted to do for a long time. God has helped me every step and given me the assurance that I am on the right path. I have been rather shocked at this journey I am on and what this year has held for me. Now I look forward to next year with all its wonderful surprises! Best wishes to YOU in this upcoming year. Let me know what your dream is for 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shockingly Amazing

Stunned once again.

I know, God gives good things, right? Do we always believe it, deep down?

I have been so overwhelmed in life with blessings. I have seen His hand provide in so many ways when life seemed to drown me. I have an incredible husband who loves God, serves and puts up with me. I have crazy, wonderful children who love me and grandchildren too!

BUT this journey I am on has shocked me. Rocked me to my core. I have always wanted to be in full-time ministry. And for the past 30+ years I have served in many capacities. I am busy and love teaching God's Word and reaching out to others.

As I began writing Not Really A Princess it was long and arduous. I had to grapple with a lot of past garbage and work through the process of publishing. Not knowing what it would all bring or what the journey would be - I plunged ahead. Fully expecting that it may never get published or how that would all happen I kept going. One step at a time. For those who know me well, this does not come easy. I do not usually finish things and am a person who is SO very easily distracted.

I felt God pushing me. I obeyed. I went to Starbucks and Panera every week for two years to keep focused. And then as I got a publisher and deadlines I moved still further. Each week brought new steps I was unfamiliar with and I thought, what am I doing? I don't have a clue how to do this!

Marketing, edits, retail catalogues, endorsements, videos...the list goes on.

And then it came to me that this is my new journey. A new ministry. And it is rolling at a fast pace.

LAST NIGHT as I climbed in bed I glanced at my phone and saw I had a new email. It was the finished layout, ready to print copy of "the book". Of course I had to look. It is SO beautiful. Tears came. I am so amazed. Speechless.

God did this. I know nothing. I am not sure how it all happened so fast. Me. A person who has worked small inconsistent jobs her entire life. Who doesn't usually finish anything. And its SO lovely. I am shocked. I love it so much. Praise be!

Psalm 150:6, "Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!"

#notreallyaprincess 

COMING SOON!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Rough waters


I have so many people dear to my heart going through rough waters lately. Some are feeling overwhelmed. Some are in the middle of difficult circumstances. Sometimes I don't know how to respond when a person feels no hope. When they have given up.

Many times we just need to be a listening ear and not say anything. Other times we may need to take an active part on helping them to find a solution.

And then there are times when someone wants me to pray with them and show them encouragement from the Word. Lamentations chapter 3 has some amazing verses that have always spoken to me. Here are various verses from verse 17 and following. "And my soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. So I say, My strength has perished, and so has my hope from the Lord. Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and the bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me. This I recall in my mind. Therefore, I have hope. The Lord's loving kindnesses never cease. And His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. ..therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him. The person who seeks Him... Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the LORD. We lift up our heart and hands toward God in Heaven;...I called on Thy name, O Lord, out of the lowest pit. Thou hast heard my voice."


I have been on such a crazy journey the past year as I have embarked on publishing this book and it seems like so much of it encompasses helping those who are hurting. I am praying for all of you.

#notreallyaprincess


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