How long did it take you to write your first book? I’ve been asked this question a lot in recent days. Though I wrote the manuscript in less than five months, that’s not the real answer. Nope, not at all.
Some dreams are a long time coming, and waiting can seem like it will never end. Next week, my debut book, Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life will release with Abingdon Press. This journey began in 2008. Ten years. 415 blog posts. Four book proposals. Yes, some dreams do take time. Ten years and a lot of life growth is the more accurate answer. But here’s what I’m discovering: It’s worth the wait.
Many times I wondered if I were being faithful or foolish to keep working “at a job I didn’t have.” Despite the challenges, I see the waiting years differently on this side of the opportunity. God doesn’t waste a moment–especially when we’re waiting.
Maybe you have something you’re dreaming about, hoping for, and working toward. Maybe it’s a vocational goal or possibly a personal desire. Or maybe you’re simply praying your children will make it through school or stop fighting at the end of the day. Waiting is a necessary and vital part of life. Even so, it is a struggle to make the most of each day when waiting is hard.
As I do the 10,000 things that are on my to-do list today, I realize that if I had published Holy in the Moment several years ago, it would have been a lesser book. The waiting time has deepened this book and solidified the life message. I understand now that God was writing the message in my life before it could be written in a book. I’m thrilled to publish my debut book, but the set-my-soul-free work God has done is the far bigger accomplishment. God’s work in our lives is what is truly worth the wait.
Seeing what God has done in the writing of the book, I marvel at the extraordinary grace written on every page. He wove it all together–the signature struggles of my life (anxiety, people-pleasing, insecurity and perfectionism), a season of counseling, life experiences, as well as the years of study, ministry, writing, and teaching. This book is richer and more transparent than what I would have published even a few years ago.
The work He has done in my soul through the wait is what enabled me to be ready to write this particular book.
God will not waste your wait, your pain, frustration, or discouragement. All of these are part of the story He is writing in your life. He is doing far more through your daily choice to be faithful, to trust him, and to persevere than what you can see.
He is always working in the wait.
The other thing I discovered is this:
I just wanted to share a slice of my process because we often have no idea of what goes into that book sitting on our bedside table. Maybe some books are easier to write, but for me, Holy in the Moment has been a choice to trust God one word at a time.
Life is ramping up and there really are nearly 10,000 things to do. I’m grateful to have the support of family, friends, and a team of people helping me to get the word out about the book! We’ll be celebrating the book release with a FB party from 7-8:30 pm EST. There will be fun, community, prizes, contests, and an author Q and A. Don’t you LOVE these cuff bracelets as beautiful reminders to choose holy in the moment? Many thanks to Holly of Witt ‘N Whimsy!
We’ll have fun with guest appearances from a couple of the women who’s stories are in the book–amazing women you’ll enjoy meeting! Tonight we did a warm up by tag-teaming a Facebook live broadcast with my good friend Larissa Traquair. You can catch those broadcasts here and here.
The first reviews are on Goodreads!
Enjoy my first radio interview on The River with Maxine and Jeannie.
I invite you to check out my new landing page for the book. You’ll find information, quotes, graphics, review comments, and a SAMPLE CHAPTER! I’m thrilled that Abingdon Press has made a chapter available.
Stay up to date with what’s happening by signing up for my newsletter. Seriously, I’d love to have you join the community. Come visit the landing page and share a few of the beautiful graphics to help get the word out. Working together we can spread the powerful message of the practical power of choosing holy in the moment!