Saturday my entire family came to celebrate a dream, no a vision come true for me.
The mere fact that my Savior has given me eternal life, abundant life is one thing, but to share it in a book for a larger audience is an answer to a cry in my heart. Since I came to know Jesus, I've been changed.
My life is full of wonders, miracles and signs from Him. As each year goes by, my joy increases. Yes, there have been trials, long times of solitude, new battles to face, even pain to go through. Yet, He has always been there. Faithful to be enough even through the worst of it all.
Now, it's time to pour out what He has done to a hurting and dying world.
In a book Sweet Freedom, I share how God has been faithful to heal me. To deliver my daughter from depression. To bring my marriage to a new level of commitment between my best friend and I ~ my husband.
But, never did I think my family would come around me to drive through the bitter cold for an hour and a half north of our home. They carried in the books, brought me hot soup as the afternoon came and went while we sat at the table. And, they spent time together in a little café next to the college/retail center that held the book signing.
As if that were not enough, I sat next to a lovely lady and fellow writer Melody Balthaser. In between visits from visitors at the book store we laughed and talked about life, our work, our Lord.
I try to be so cool. So "ah this is no big deal" about all God is doing. Maybe it's not a big deal to someone like Stephen King. But, to me, this is the stuff of life. The excitement of meeting people and talking to them about Jesus.
One sweet lady picked up the book and asked me flat out, "who is your God?" Without hesitation I said, "Jesus of course."
She came back with a copy of Sweet Freedom and asked me to sign it.
Oh my heart. I'm in this for real and deep in love with Him. I think I'm falling in love all over again.....