Friday, April 27, 2018

He Has Your Back

Maybe you are like me. Maybe you believe you can't do something and then you are amazingly blessed far above your wildest expectations and are given some fantastic dream. Then...once again there is a monumental task too great to overcome...seemingly.

Writing a book took an enormous amount of time and the editing and publishing process was time consuming but this marketing thing... I am not even sure if I can explain it.

IMPOSSIBLE.

Well, not really because I know God has my back and will see it through. I am not a person that has an easy time promoting myself. I don't even like my picture being taken. My publisher told me this week that at the huge retailers conference in Nashville this summer they won't even care about my book. They will have one question. "How do I plan to market my book?" I admit to being a bit discouraged by this. Even after I had just been told that it is time to do a second printing! Only 10% of books go to a second print. So that is very good news!


And he gave me the publish date for book number two, It's Not About The Pie. It will be August 1, 2019. More good news!

So my mind has been in overdrive since that conversation. Two things on my mind. #1 - I am SO excited for this new project and I have a billion ideas to write down! and #2 - I still need to market Not Really A Princess.

Not Really A Princess shares my heart. My passion to help those in need. I have a deep desire for every person who is hurting to have a copy. But how do I make that happen? I love speaking to other women about overcoming adversity.

Then today I saw Isaiah 40:28-29,31. "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does NOT become weary or tired, His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary. And to him who lacks might, He INCREASES power...Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."

SO on I go. I talk to more bookstores, I find more speaking engagements, I share my passion. I move on to the next book. I follow the path I am on. EVEN when I am not sure how to follow the path.


Are you overwhelmed by the next step on your path? Do you feel discouraged? Know that the God of all creation has your back. He will show you too.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Reflections of a Speaker


Reflecting on the conference I spoke at on Saturday... remembering the faces...rejoicing over new friends...reinforcing my mindset to encourage others. The theme verse is one of my favorites from Psalm 37:23-24. "The steps a man are established by the Lord and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand."

Sharing my story and God's truths from His Word are pretty easy for me. Being concerned I don't ramble, keep to the timetable and come across clearly are what keep me up at night. I only slept two hours the night before. My mind races, I go over things I could share that aren't in my outline and ways I could enhance the message. I get to the location and sit in the quiet by myself and jot down a couple things, I look in a commentary on a passage. Then I pray that my mind settles and my message gets across clearly.

Your words not mine Lord. 

That's really the only thing that matters. Weeks of outlining and trying to squeeze my thoughts of how to overcome adversity into about 90 minutes... I just need to speak truth.

And then the time comes and I share. And it comes far easier than I anticipate. I end close to the time both sessions. And the real blessing is hearing comments from the ladies who attended. Sharing snippets of their hardships and their journey. Some who have started writing their own story for others to read. And I rejoice. Contentment fills me.

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Some shared through tears, others thinking of those close to them who are suffering with great burdens.

So onward I go! Proclaiming the Hope that God grants. 

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit" Psalm 34:18

Monday, April 2, 2018

It's OFFICIAL!!!

The past six weeks I have had my copies of my book Not Really A Princess. And after the March 1 release date, the pre-ordered copies were sent out.

But now, as of April 1, anyone can go into a store and buy a copy or order one.


And I have a new title. Published Author. I do not think that if you would have asked me this 10 years ago, 5 years ago or even a year ago, I would have thought that possible. What a journey it has been.  It is almost anti-climatic after having copies sent out the past month. But now it opens up a new avenue. a HUGE avenue of the book getting into the hands of those who may need some encouragement.

A few months ago I considered having a publish party of some sort but I am not feeling that way now. My wish as it always has been with this project is to give hope to those in need.

I know many of you have already gotten your copy and some have even bought one for a friend. That thrills my soul. That was the goal.

I continue to pray for everyone who reads this book, that they may either feel helped in some small way or they know someone who may have need of it. Thank all of you for your encouragement to me!

Colossians 1:9-10, "...we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Philippians 2:4, "do not merely look out for you own interests, but also for the interests of others."


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       Do you feel like you have lost a couple months? I do. Yesterday I went to the grocery. I met my oldest daughter there with her kids. ...