Well, it's finally here - my book Activation: A Story of God's Transforming Power went into print and is available for sale! This has to be the most anticipated and exciting time for an author - your book shipment arrives in the mail, and you get to start sending a tangible copy of your book to the many friends and family members who have supported your journey. Readers are starting to purchase your book, and there is a nervous anticipation as you wonder what the reaction will be from them.
It is also a time to reflect back on everything that it took to complete this book, and the lessons God has taught me during the process. In doing so, I was reminded of the fact that I wanted to do something similar years ago, but the timing wasn't quite right.
When I was first "activated" several years ago, I had it on my heart to start a blog and tell the world how I felt about this great Father I had found, his son Jesus who saw all of us on the cross when He died for our sins, and the Holy Spirt that comforted me and spoke to my heart. But as I planned to put the blog together, I realized I didn't have anything to say, and God clearly gave me the impression I wasn't supposed to do it. I was disappointed and stumped, but I was also obedient and moved on from the project.
I also wrote a manuscript for another book in the fall of 2014, around the time that Ravi Kandal reached out to me on LinkedIn. I connected with the editor for this book at that time (Jackie Macgirvin). She reviewed the manuscript and liked it, but again, the timing wasn't right and the story wasn't what I had in my heart to tell.
I was frustrated that I wasn't making the impact I wanted to make in telling others about the wonderful opportunity in front of all of us to draw closer to Him. I started journaling the amazing things happening to me and my family, and now, many years later, the timing was just right. The stories all came together to provide the message God intended me to provide in a book, and I have a long list of topics to share in this blog! I can tell that God's favor is with my work today, because amazing doors are being opened, and more importantly, God is giving me encouragement from the words He gives me in my daily time with Him.
Has God placed a project, ministry, career, or other desire on your heart? Are you frustrated that it hasn't come to fruition yet, that it seems like everything you do keeps getting blocked? God knows your name, He created you for a purpose, and He has a perfect plan for your life, which is unfolding as we speak. If you will release it to Him, He will honor your faith by giving you peace during all seasons of life, and in the end, you will see clearly that God's timing in preparing you for the journey, will be perfect!
Here are two Bible verses that speak what I've learned on this journey. May God give you peace and encouragement in His plans for you, which are being worked behind the scenes even now!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11