A little over 6 years ago, a seed sprouted in my heart to begin using words to reach people with a message. I knew that God wanted me to share his love with others and specifically, I felt that I needed to share the soul change I had experienced through walking a turbulent journey.
Life is hard. I don’t have to tell you that. But it is also very lovely. Though we trek through sin and sorrow in this world, God has a unique plan for each of our lives. He never wastes the trials we go through.
Every day I receive emails from readers who are doing their best to live through difficult circumstances. Whether divorce, disease, or death, the burden is real and the heartache is overwhelming. I do my best to respond personally to every email I receive. Many times the questions include:
- How did you make it through difficult circumstances?
- Why is God allowing this to happen to me?
And the most common one?
How do you keep going when everything seems to be going wrong?
God redeems lives- I’m proof of that. I’ve seen him take the worst circumstances you can imagine and usher joy right in. I’ve watched him transform my own wrecked heart into a peaceful place and I know he will do that for you too.
I finished writing the book sharing the lessons I’ve learned and the answers I’ve discovered to the above questions. The road to publishing this book has been an extremely long one. I wanted to give up so many times.
But I didn’t. Because I could see you, the reader who feels like giving up too.
The one who felt like signing the divorce papers was like signing a death certificate.
Or the one whose wayward child makes your heart feel like it’s barely beating.
The one who sits by the bedside of your suffering loved one…
You, who types that email to me and says: Please share how you made it through. I just need something in this moment, right now, to encourage my heart. I need to know that someone understands.
Here’s the truth. I’m a newbie at this whole “authorship” thing. Goodness, I don’t even have an office; I work from the dining room table and most of the time it’s covered with stuff, in spite of all my efforts to be organized. If you only knew how God covers my craziness, you would know how much the glory is his and not mine. I’m still a mess.
I’m always asking the Lord to make up for my messes and his grace never fails. I’ve studied the steps of launching a book and for years I’ve been a part of book launch team after team. I know how to man a facebook group and how to send promotional emails and I’ve attended conferences to learn how to sell a book, because I don’t have a clue on my own. I’ve purchased and read books and follow all the “right”people to learn how to market and strategize.
But if I could give you one secret to anything, it’s this: I believe in the power of prayer.
So today, I’m not asking you to join a book launch team or facebook group or any other social media strategy. Before the book,One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up, releases on October 20, 2015, I need one thing more than any.
I need prayer warriors. I need people who will stand in the gap for me and say, “Father, she did as you asked. She wrote. Now we pray that this book would get into the hands of those who need to read it.”
Each week from now until Monday, October 20, I’ll be sending a prayer request email to those who wish to subscribe. The email will contain the specifics of what is happening with the book and the prayer needs for that week. If you’d be willing to ask God to spread this message to the specific ones who need to read it, I’d appreciate it more than I can explain.
Would you join me? Just use the subscribe box within this post. This is the only place you will be able to subscribe for this specific prayer email list. I can’t tell you how thankful I am in advance.
PS: Just when I finished typing this post, I received a text regarding a dear family friend. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and is waiting on brain scan results to determine if the cancer has spread. Jesus, would you be with Janine right now as we unite in prayer for her. We lift our feeble voices in one accord to ask for your strength and power on her behalf.