Monday, June 3, 2013

I'm a sojouner

I am constantly amazed at the things God does for me. He has opened up unexpected doors in unexpected places.

Recently, without revealing too much of my personal life, I received a medical diagnosis that was more than earth shattering. I was rattled to the core and fear took hold of me like never before in my life. I cried and couldn't sleep. I met with a specialist that assured me I will be fine, but will have to go through a long summer to be on the road to recovery. The next year will be focused on me.

In the midst of all this trouble, the day I met with my doctor, I came home and read a message from the president of my agency telling me bestselling author Gilbert Morris had chosen me to collaborate on a novel series about the Pilgrims with him. I was flabbergasted. (Like that word? It's pretty awesome.) I just couldn't believe it. I am writing a novel now, and plan to finishing it. And then more work is presented to me, figuratively on a silver platter. How could I turn it down?

I said yes. My agency understands fully what I am going through and facing. Encouragement and prayers, and compassion are surely there. So my first task? Rewrite the proposal. My first step? Research. I plowed into it, and I'm still finding information. The Pilgrims were not Puritans. They are two different religious groups. The Pilgrims were separatists seeking a life where they could worship God without the control of government, and to live and love the Word of God unfettered by the dictates of a monarchy . Puritans wanted to purify the Church of England. The King since the reign of Henry VIII had been the head, and years later Charles I was beheaded and Cromwell a Puritan was set up as 'The Lord Protector'.

So I have a lot of work to do. I'm not going to cower to the situation thrown at my mortal body. That is not to say I am not scared at times, that I haven't shed tears. But I know fully in my heart God has watched out for me. He gave me a loving husband, who has been with me to every office visit, held my hand, held me close. My diagnosis would have been missed if I had gone in earlier. My best friend gave me a book of promises with the verse I needed. My doctor's office gave me a prayer shawl. A girl in the grocery store gave me an embrace. The lady behind the counter where I got my blood work told me her testimony of healing of the same problem. And today another author sent me a plaque with Joshua 1:9 on it. The list goes on and on - the tenderness of the Lord and how he is working in people. I am living by what the scripture says in Jeremiah 30:17, the one my bff gave me.

I will restore health to you, and heal all your wounds, says the LORD.

If you whisper a prayer to Heaven for me, to the Lord Jesus, pray that verse on my behalf. I may not be on my blog much, but I'll try to keep my readers updated. God bless. 


B. J. Robinson said...

Praying for your complete healing and God bless. So glad you have love and support. Blessings, BJ Robinson

RW said...

A great story and hope it has a good ending. Best of luck with the novel and life itself.

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Donna Brown said...

My prayers are with you during this trying time. Within the past couple of years I lost my father, my only sister and one of my brothers within six months of one another. during this time it made me realize how short our time here on earth really as and it made me realize that I had so much more to do here on this earth before I went to be with the Lord. I have been dedicating my time lately to writing my Locket Saga series under my penname Cygnet Brown

I have been working hard on writing my own books. I find it interesting that you will be collaborating with Mr. Gilbert Morris because last year I read through his House of Winslow Series again.

As I said, my prayers are with you. May it be God's will that you be in perfect health.