I’m in the middle of my own personal “sabbatical,” taking a much needed break from the pressure to write with a self-imposed deadline. Yet an event has occurred which I just had to share…
This “blog” idea was planted by a friend nearly five years ago. I am not technologically savvy… So, without my husband’s encouragement and technical support, I would not have taken the easy steps to start a Word Press site. Yet here we are, with four years worth of weekly posts behind me, when this exact same friend suggests I put my posts into a book. “Great idea!” I said to her. But I knew – I would never exert the time and energy required to figure out how to create a book! I casually mention it to my husband, and then forget about it.
Months pass. Last Sunday afternoon I stand in my kitchen and my husband unceremoniously hands me an Amazon package. I reach into the padded envelope and pull out this small, green book. I see a picture which I took spread across the cover. I see my name in big font. I flip through the pages… my writing, my pictures. It’s my blog – in a book!!
My husband spent months copying and formatting each weekly post into a document to be published and printed through Amazon. I am amazed at his dedication – and his ability to keep a secret! There are four separate books, one for each year I’ve been writing. Hours upon hours of my passion, study and faithful reflection held in my hand! It was surreal – I was speechless!
My writing has been more for me than for anyone else – a commitment to my personal faith journey. But I realize more and more that it is bigger than that. Over the years, my writing has allowed me to have conversations about faith in ways I did not expect, with people I did not expect. It has helped me to build deeper relationships and connect with people in new ways. I get to share how God is at work in my life – but I also get to see how God works through a silly little writing shared by an average working wife and mom.
There are people in my life who support me beyond what I could dream. When you find people in your life who support, encourage, and build you up – cling to them! These people are a blessing from God! My husband… I am a better person because of his faith, and his role in my life and the life of our family. My kids amaze me daily – their willingness to share their own beliefs and faith are an inspiration to me. To my dear, dear family and friends who continue to support and encourage me to write – thank you! Thank you for being such an important part of my faith journey, and for helping me see God at work in this crazy world. To Karen – thank you for planting this blog idea in my head! I sincerely believe you were a conduit for God’s voice directly to my soul!!
So – there are books! There is no profit for me – just a fun way to read and experience my writing in a different way! If you have any interest in purchasing these books, you can order through Amazon, they even qualify for Amazon Prime! (And consider shopping through AmazonSmile to donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.)