I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving, can you? Where did the year go? I know where it went, it began with me screaming Happy New Year while feeling so blessed to have found a new literary agent– only for a job lay-off to have quickly followed. I briefly licked my wounds and flew to sunny Florida where I was covered in love, hugs, and kisses from family. It was then that I started my second book titled, The Women God Used (coming out this December 2017)as I rejoiced over my article, ” Defending God’s Character” being published. I knew that God had already directed my footsteps as I fasted for seven days praying for strength and direction. It is worth it my friends when life gets confusing to run to God–trust me, so worth it.
I am also convinced that life is most certainly not always in the destination, but the journey. It is the moments we think and believe that we can’t go on that we look back and smile, amazed that we did it with the grace of God. Life is complicated and hard;many times we must self-soothe. Yes, it was in those earlier months that God was drawing me close, hugging me, encouraging me, rubbing my forehead while assuring me that I would make it through the rest of the year. Honestly it was the best stint of unemployment I’ve ever had– and yes, there has been more than one season of unemployment.
I regained hope when my first book was published titled , Beyond the Face of the Movies, new job started, accepted into Bible College, debut of Christian Radio Show Dovetales, and published in various magazines. However, it all came full circle when I celebrated the fruit of my labor with old friends and sweet family. You see, I noticed while I was defending God’s character, he was defending mine.
I am reminded of Psalm 23
“The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to ly down in green pastures he leadeth me beside the still waters, he restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for His namesake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepareth the table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever . Amen.”
This year for you might have been similar, different, or worse, but I am sure all the pain has produced a purpose. All the uncertainty has produced certainty, and all the heavy oppression has produced a harvest. Therefore, it is time to stop, breathe, look and listen because your harvest is here!!! Don’t miss it because you won’t rest in the beautiful work your hands has produced in your life–in Jesus Name. Don’t let the party pass you by, because you’re convinced that all is lost. No, don’t allow the adversary to steal your joy and your blessing. REJOICE my friends, for the Psalmist David said,
“He prepareth a table before you in the presence of your enemies”
The table is prepared for you. Won’t you sit down and join me while we eat?