In the first book, The Haven, I always write Ephesians 3:20 underneath my name: "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." As I have written before, I have always had a dream of publishing a book. That dream finally became a reality back in 2006 when my husband encouraged me to simply write the story that was in my head and we would see where the Lord would take us on the journey of publishing. It was a tough process, and many learning bumps along the way, but finally, in 2007 I held my first published book in my hand. It was so much more than I had dreamed, and the Lord gave me the verse from Ephesians, assuring me that when we put matters into His hands, He will accomplish even more than we had ever thought possible.
In book two, The Leviathan, I always write Psalm 37:4-5: "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." After publishing my first book, I realized I did not completely like the company I had gone with and felt the Lord was telling me to find someone different. I did some more searching and found a Christian company who promised to help me with the entire process, which was more than the first company had promised. I felt it was the right one to choose and was at peace about it all. After another difficult process of editing, changing the editing back to what it was supposed to be (all my verses had been changed to a version I did not want to use and so it actually required more work on my part and did not help me in the least to have a "professional" edit my manuscript) and more editing, I finally held my second book in my hand, in 2009. Even though there had been hard times of waiting for the okay from people in my life, it taught me that I need to wait on God for His perfect timing. If I delight myself in Him, He would give me the desires of my heart. When I completely put the matter into His hands, He brought it to pass.
After this lesson, the Lord allowed me to get my first book republished through the same company as the second, and it was not long after that I was holding the same story, different cover, in my hands in 2010.
It was only a month and a half ago when I was waiting for my third published book (published by a different publishing company) to come in. I was excited about the new book, yet, I still had not received a verse from the Lord about what to sign in the front. I had been praying about it, but nothing would come to mind.
I was sitting at the table working with the children on their schoolwork when a text came in on my phone. I opened it up and all I saw was a verse: I Cor 2:9. I quickly grabbed a Bible nearby and looked up the vese. It said, " But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." It was like a light was suddenly turned on. God spoke to me through that verse and I felt all giddy inside. I sent a text back to the lady who had first sent it to me and asked her why she had messaged me with it. She said it was a verse that God gave to her as she worked on the Ladies Conference decorations, and had sent it to everyone she knew. It was so neat to see how God used someone else to show me an answer to my prayer.
My book, The Champion, came in that very same day, though many of you know there was a mess up of the book and I had to endure some more waiting until the correct book finally arrived. Yet, God was good to answer all the prayers involved with the process of publishing. I am not sure what God has in store for my future of writing, but I am holding on to that promise from Corithians, that something great is going to happen with the three books. I may be done with the orphan series, (for now), but for those of you interested, I do have more projects planned in the near future. God is not done teaching me things, and I am not done getting these stories and ideas out of my head.
Pastor Bish preached from Psalm 86:11-12, which was a song I learned as a little girl, "Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore." I want David's prayer to become my prayer, that God will unite my heart to solely love Him. I do not want to have a divided heart that loves Him AND something else. It is not possible. We cannot love two masters. I want any divisions in my heart to close up, to merge towards the One and Only Person I should love completely and that is the Lord. I must do that in order to see I Cor 2:9 fulfilled. God has things planned for me, as His child, but He will only allow them to come to pass if I delight myself in Him, and love Him with my whole heart. Isn't it neat how every verse comes together and ties back to the One Who truly allowed the entire process to come together in the first place? Praise be to the Lord!
P.S. I will be putting up the third chapter of the Perfect Love story very soon.