My new baby is about to burst onto the scene! If you are a parent, you know what it feels like to wait nine months for your offspring to arrive.
There is such anticipation in preparing, and so many details to check, double check, and even change before the Big Delivery Day. There is also dreaming, hoping, and lots of prayer. Yet, no matter how well we prepare, the arrival often does not go according to plan.
For starters, what baby ever arrives on time? Mine have tended to be late. Sometimes very late. This little one is no exception. I was hoping and planning to have this child in March. Now here we are, nearing the end of April.
Something is indeed very wrong here, but before you suggest that my OB/GYN is a quack, please let me clarify. The baby I speak of is my book.
I am beside myself with excitement as I have finished all the edits, used first readers' feedback and editing to shape the final version, painstakingly created the cover, and now I am waiting for the first proof to arrive.
The process of putting together this book, my first indie venture, has been daunting. There were many times I wanted to give up, but something, Someone kept calling me back to the task. (It was also great to be able to ask questions on the Word Guild Facebook page, where members generously, patiently, gave me answers and suggestions.)
No child is every perfect in every detail, or to every eye, yet I love the work the Lord and I did together. I love this baby already, and I can't wait to hold her. Even more, I am looking forward to her being a blessing to others.
Nothing we have experience, or worked at, or quit and failed at, is wasted by our Heavenly Father. He gathers up all the ashes, and makes
Whatever we pour our hearts into, will have heart.
Whatever we pour our time into, will be a gift of time.
Whatever we pour God's love into, will be a vessel of God's love to others.
Whatever we weep over, will bring tears to the reader, and healing to our hearts.
That is my prayer, for my