I shared what the Lord had impressed on my heart with only a few people; thankfully, they didn’t think I was crazy. They encouraged me, sending cards, notes, and praying for me. So I started pinning these items to my desk as a reminder of God’s call, because I had no idea what I was doing. However, I understood God knew what He was doing and this journey would take faith. So there I was, typing away with a burden to share a story I had no idea where it was heading.
As I began to follow God’s lead, a desire took hold to tell a story of a husband and wife lost in their marriage. Though Unconditional isn’t the story my husband and I faced, there are similarities. Seventeen years ago we were at the brink of divorce and no one could stop it from happening—except for God. Before entering Unconditional in the ACFW Genesis Contest, I prayed that if this story was really God’s will, He would give me a sign by letting me semi-final. Yes, I had a Gideon moment, telling God I really wasn’t a writer. Reminding Him I was the weakest writer of all. But once again a quiet voice drew me to enter.
To my surprise, Unconditional semi-finaled, and though I didn’t win, having God confirm His call was more important than any contest prize or any contract. I was reminded that stepping out in faith and following God isn’t always easy. We doubt ourselves at times, but when we trust God, He is faithful.
Unconditional is a love story of a woman, a man, and an amazing God. A year ago this month, I held my debut novel in my hands. I cried seeing my name scrolled across the cover. It’s a gift, a reminder of God’s love for me and my continual journey as an author. But most importantly, it’s a gift to my readers that they may know the unstoppable love of God, and the lengths He will go to offer grace and mercy.
Are you on a journey God has called you to? Do you doubt your own ability at times? Whether it’s writing related or not, know that your faith isn’t built on your abilities, but the character of God. He will help you accomplish any impossible task and walk alongside you in the journey.
We would love for you to join in the conversation by leaving a comment, and be entered in our January giveaway. One randomly chosen winner, selected from the comments left on all posts during the month of January, will receive a copy of the following (some in print others in ebook form.)
Laughing With Lilly and Second Chance by Eileen Rife; Unconditional by Tanya Eavenson; In the Shadow of Sinai by Carole Towriss; Yesterday’s Promise, Jewels of the Kingdom, A Cowboy Christmas and two beautiful jewelry pieces by Delia Latham; Sweet Freedom With a Slice of Peach Cobbler by numerous authors, Heaven’s Prey by Janet Sketchley; and Enemy in the Room, Ten Lies, Ten Truths, On the Edge, and The President by Parker Hudson.