Meanwhile, On Cloud 9…

So this thing happened over the weekend. This amazing thing that all writers dream of.

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For years I’ve prayed for the right agent. God has held me back in a couple of circumstances, telling me no when I didn’t want that answer. Or keeping doors shut I thought I wanted open.

Meanwhile He kept me moving forward, writing more stories, exploring different genres, learning the craft so I can help other writers.

{I LOVE THAT PART!} 

And now I am beyond grateful to sign with Ali Herring of Spencerhill Associates. Ali read my contemporary romance and sent an incredibly gracious and enthusiastic offer of representation that spoke to my heart and answered my prayers.

I’m so thrilled! And grateful beyond words. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this story and my other stories, and to partner with Ali to share them with the world.

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On a funny note, when I was planning the signing picture, I wanted to wear my purple, “Please Go Away, I’m Writing” t-shirt from my wonderful parents.

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But when Trev took the picture, it mostly just looked like my t-shirt said “Please Go Away.” 🙂 So we nixed that one. 🙂

Hugs & hearts & chocolate & love & more hugs & my deepest appreciation to my family and writer friends who’ve encouraged, prayed, listened, critiqued, read, shared, hugged, and cared. God walked me through a long valley to get to this point, and I’m realizing the view is just as beautiful in the valley (right beside HIM) as it is on the mountaintop.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Prov. 3:5 & 6) 

 

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Do Knot Give Up

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Happy New Year, friends! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through January. Are you staying warm? It’s been chilly, even in Florida.

I hope you & yours had a peaceful Christmas with family & friends.

In late December, I pondered adopting a ‘word’ for 2018. Usually I pray and pay close attention to scripture and specific verses the Lord brings to mind. One of my favorite memories from Christmas, 2017 ties in (literally) to the verse I focused on.

  • Romans 12:12: rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer ———> Persevere in faith 

A few weeks before Christmas, we braved a trip through Wal-Mart on a quick-as-can-be errand. My younger son has always loved stuffed animals, cozy blankets, and soft things. He’s older now and mostly graduated from stuffed animals (other than the Minecraft plush toys smothering his bed).

But that afternoon, something caught Chase’s eye in the aisle at Wal-Mart.

A huge, soft red knot.

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I said no, Christmas is right around the corner, and we continued with our day. But I filed it away in my brain as a Christmas present possibility.

Flash forward to two days before Christmas. One more quick errand to Wal-Mart for extra tape and stocking stuffers. On my way around the store, I notice a low shelf with a few fabric knots left. (This was in a different store.)

One red and one black knot, perfect! Their school colors.

Chase likes red and Cole likes black. I purchased them and headed home. My germaphobe side cringed at the possibility of dozens of people and kids touching, licking, dropping, sneezing, kicking, and drooling on the soft knots.

I waited until the boys were in bed then shoved them in the washer. 45 minutes later, I transferred them to the dryer, expecting to wake up to dry knots on Christmas Eve.

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Knot so much.

The formidable knots knocked the dryer door open two minutes into the cycle. Notice the blue tape on the left? Hubby used painter’s tape to keep the door shut.

NOW they would dry.

Wouldn’t they?

Throughout Christmas Eve day, I started the dryer at least a dozen more times. Those knots WOULD. NOT. DRY!

By the time Christmas Eve rolled around, and we’d partaken of our annual homemade-hot-chocolate-doused-with-marshmallows and watched our Christmas Eve movie (The Grinch), they still hadn’t dried all the way.

But I kept checking and drying and checking and drying, and around midnight the knots were finally (barely) dry enough.

I couldn’t help thinking of Romans 12:12.

Persevere. 

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Are you tired of persevering?

I’m with you, friend. That “I might as well give up” feeling? Or the “why is this such a long, confusing path” cry? I’ve felt it and fought it off lately.

Do knot give up!

Remember: God IS faithful. Persevere, friend!

“Trust in the Lord with your heart, and klean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”