Day 29 of 40 Days of Grace – When Dreams Come True

 In Broken Vessels, Windows to Grace

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.

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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.

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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.

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