Day 29 of 40 Days of Grace – When Dreams Come True
Day 29 – Dear Readers, I’m afraid that 40 Days of Grace has gone off the track and I’m attempting to get the train back on. As I’ve been preparing for a book launch, making arrangements for a mission trip, amidst other things, I was burning the candle at both ends for too many days in a row.
What I want to share now is the grace of God in allowing me to experience a dream come true. When I was a little girl I had a friend named Laurie who loved imaginative play—we had adventures being princesses rescued by handsome princes from evil witches. We’d travel to imaginary kingdoms all in fun. I was used to playing tag or Lincoln Logs with my other neighborhood friend, John, so it was all new to me.
My mom is the one who taught me to love books, reading to me every day it seems. As I got a little older I remember Tasha Tudor’s fairy tale book with her gorgeous illustrations. I wanted to draw like that too. But I’d been bitten by the story bug and wanted to bring them to life on paper—even before I could read, at the age of four. Even back then the Lord was calling me to write, setting that idea in my heart.
When I had little children of my own I took a correspondence course in writing children’s literature. I tried writing short stories, but there always seemed to be a lot more to the story than I originally intended. Over the years with many false starts, failures, and rejections, I learned how to write a novel.
This wasn’t by my own effort. The Lord put many different people in my life along the way, put me with a wonderful agent (Linda Glaz), and brought me to an awesome publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I have been amazed every step of the way, with awesome editors, lovely interior design, and a beautiful cover beyond my expectations.
The thing is Rumors and Promises began with prayer over 12 years ago. I began targeting it for one publisher, but it’s taken many drafts, lengthening each time and the chance to give it more depth. There were times I had to set my writing aside for months . . . or years. But the Lord knew the place and time He had in mind for its publication.
What am I trying to say? After so many years, God has given me the dream of my heart, to have my own book published. There were years where I didn’t know if it would ever happen. And then it did. He gave me the grace to wait, the grace to see it through. If He’d put such a dream on your heart don’t give up. He will give you the grace whatever His answer may be or for however long it takes.