My Promised Land

“And after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” Hebrews 6:15 (NIV)

Have you ever prayed for something for so long that you have to continually remind yourself that God’s timing is perfect? And even though we know His timing is perfect, the wait can be excruciating!

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. God put the desire in my heart at a very early age. Stories have played like movies in my head since as far back as I can remember.

I won my first poetry contest in fifth grade. A simple poem I wrote in 1976, the theme: The Bicentennial.

One of our famous presidents was Lincoln,

He did us lots of good thinkin’

All though he was tall,

He was loved by all and

He kept the southern states from leavin’!

Wow, and I won first place. Amazing, huh? My prize…a book about boys track. Yes, the ultimate punishment, they thought Dana was a boy. Ugh. Not the first time someone thought I was a boy, but I graciously accepted my book, taped my poem in it and have cherished it since. Occasionally I pull it from the shelf, look at it and giggle. It is a reminder of God working in my life even before I knew Him as savior and friend.

I began the year 2015 with these words, “Okay God, it’s been twenty some years since I started putting our stories down on paper and this is the year. It’s time to start trying to get them out to the publishing world. By the end of 2015, I will be entering my Promised Land. And if I don’t have a publishing contract, I will self-publish.”

Reminded of my promise to God daily, and with the help of my critique partner’s encouragement, I subbed one of my books to two publishers in September. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. But God is good and before I knew it, I had both interested and one offered a contract. I’m excited to say that I signed that contract on December 4, 2015 with a release date set for next year. Whew. Twenty plus days to spare.

A Second Chance is due out May 24, 2016.

As I sit here and write this I believe our God to be big and I believe Him to fulfill our dreams. I am a walking example of His answer to prayer. I pray you will dream big dreams and believe our God to be as huge as He really is. Thank you, Jesus, for continued answer to prayer!

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New Year’s Resolution

As the New Year approaches many of you are starting your list of New Year resolutions.  Instead of resolutions, I prefer to spend some time thinking about the path God has me on, where He wants me to go and how am I getting there.  I ask myself, if over the last year, I got closer to His plan for my life and if not, what are some goals I can set this next year to see it happen.

As I drove to an appointment the other morning I was stuck in traffic.  We were at an on and off dead stop for over 30 minutes.  I began to think about the past year and the upcoming one and if I was getting closer to His plan for my life.

I watched cars pull onto the shoulder hoping to catch a glimpse of what was holding us up.  Other cars wouldn’t wait.  They cut across the center median or went through the ditch to take a different route.

I wonder which really takes longer, to sit it out or take a different route.  I mean, we could be seconds away from the lanes opening up.  When I’m ready to throw in the towel and attempt to go a different way we start to move, if ever so slightly.  All I needed was that little encouragement to reaffirm that we will be unstuck soon.

God’s path is so similar.  We are on the road towards His plan for our lives but there are times He makes us wait and we feel like we do when we’re stuck in traffic. We can’t see what’s blocking us or why we are stopped.  I often wonder what taking an alternate path does?  Do we miss the blessing?  Does it take longer? Were we seconds away from our breakthrough?

I find that when discouragement is overwhelming and I’m ready to go another route, God gives me a glimpse of His glory, some encouragement that keeps me on the road with my eyes on Him.  We never now how close that breakthrough is.

This year, lets stay the course.  Stay on the path God has set before you and don’t let anything veer you off.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and do whatever it takes to be closer to Him!

Have a blessed New Year!