July 6th, 2013 was the day one of my long-sought-after dreams came true. My book, Searching for Happily Ever After was released. When I was working on the manuscript, I found files that dated back to 2006. On the day of our July 6th Book Release Party, friends and family and surprise guests attended to help us celebrate what God had done in the life of one little girl, madly in love with Jesus. I am grateful for everyone who attended. It was like one big family reunion and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! Thank you again to everyone who came.
What a journey it has been! One month you are wondering where God is taking you and if things will ever change and the next month you find yourself in the adventure of a lifetime. That is how it was in July of 2009. I had some major decisions to make and felt something shifting in the Spiritual realm after what seemed like a drought. I made a decision to make a move that would forever change my life. It was a little scary, but something compelled me forward into the unknown. I sometimes want to see the water parted before I step in, but sometimes God says, “Put your foot in first and then I will part the waters.” That is precisely what he asked of me.
At that crossroad, it seemed as if the bowls of blessing were turned upside down and prayers that I had prayed for decades began to pour out of Heaven. Six months later, my future husband entered my life as if right on cue and I had my very first Bible study published: The Princess Within: Living Like a Princess from the Inside Out. The next year, my second Bible study was published and now this book, which has been the theme of my life: Searching for Happily Ever After. I cannot take credit. I am still looking back in utter amazement.
Writing a book always seemed to me like such a romantic accomplishment. However, I had no idea that the process would be quite involved. I view my favorite authors: Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Beth Moore and John Eldredge with new eyes and a profound respect. Writing a book is not an adventure for the faint of heart or the half-hearted. In fact, It took every ounce of strength, resolve and determination that I could find. Which again leaves me with the question that I find myself asking about many events in this life: How does anyone do this without God? Of course, I don’t want to know that firsthand. I desperately and unashamedly need Him at every turn. I needed Him when the material for this book was being lived out; I needed Him for the courage to step out of Egypt and into the Promised Land; I needed Him to hold my hand and let His words come alive inside of Me. In the end, I have found my Happily Ever After standing right there in the midst of it all–never leaving or forsaking me for one moment. I am so glad to belong to Him, the Ancient of Days, the Most Beautiful and Sacred of All. He is God, The Great King; Jesus, The King of All Kings; and the Magnificent ever-present, Holy Spirit. My Comforter, the Love of My Life. He is the Fulfillment of Every Longing and Every Answer to Every Question. This is my doxology to the One True, Living God! Praise Yahweh forever and ever!!