YAY! My book is also now on Borders!!!!! Looks like you can get a large print edition there.
You'll have to type my name Cheryl Wyatt AND the book title...which is A Soldier's Promise for it to pop up there. It's not listed on Barnes and Noble yet, or a couple others...yes, I'm nuts enough that I obsessively checked! LOL~
Oh, goodness this is so exhilarating. I cannot describe with human words the feeling of seeing my book on the online book stores. It's probably a good thing this didn't happen in Wal-mart...me seeing a book with my name on the cover...for the first time. Okay, well, not exactly my name on the cover, but the book becoming available.
Thirty-three years now I've longed for this! And it's unfolding before my eyes and I'm so filled with thankfulness I'm bursting at the seams. I literally danced around my living room, in the dark, to worship music until three am while my family slept.
That I can once again dance made me all the more thankful. As some of you may or may not know, this time last year I was in a wheelchair following a huge surgery with a long, difficult recovery. I'd had to have my hip, femur and part of my pelvis completely reconstructed after a year and a half misdiagnoses. No there was no litigation involved but that's an entirely different story for another day.
This day, I REJOICE and THANK GOD for His goodness in handing me this dream.
Do you know you are doing EXACTLY what you were created for? Do you know that you absolutely CAN know it? Ask and it will be given.....
Sound familiar? If you remain in Him (spend time with Him, talk to Him, hang out with Him, make time for Him and only Him, soak in His presence, etc, etc) you can ask ANYTHING and it shall be given. How do we know if what we're asking is from God or God's will? If you abide (rest, live, breathe, take up residence) in Him, you need not worry. Because when we are in His presence we are transformed. Our desires will likely be His will. I felt like recently He told me that the few things I've been asking (okay..begging) Him for lately are indeed His will because He's the one who thought it up first and planted the seed of desire and want for those things there.
It puts a whole new slant on the verse that says if we delight ourselves in Him, He will grant us the desires of our hearts. But that verse always makes me think of another verse that says our heart is deceitful above all else. So when can we trust our hearts?
When we are abiding in Him.
Webster's defines abiding as such: (remaining, residing, enduring, awaiting, obeying, keeping our promise to) and is synonymous with abode. Meaning living in a house. Making God our home. Abiding. Living in Him. He's the structure and we stay there. Yet He also lives in our hearts.
I pray you are fulfilling your destiny and purpose in Him. Fancy words for simply doing what you were put on this earth to do. Do you know? I hope so because there's no feeling like it. To have surrendered my life completely to God and have Him allow me to use the creativity He's given me to worship Him and also make a difference in the world. That has been my prayer for my writing from day one. Not publication...but that my writing would 1. Be worship and honor Him and 2. Reach others either by encouraging, cheering, provide a pure escape from life's troubles, and help others wonder if maybe God would respond to them the way He responds to my characters. Though I do not write agenda-driven fiction, and actually have a strong aversion to agenda-driven fiction....I told God from the beginning that if my books aren't going to make a difference temporally or eternally, it's not worth it and I don't want to do it. That's when I knew He called me to it and said over and over, "This is Me...This is Me...proceed as planned." LOL!
So it's not just about having my name on the cover of a book although that's pretty awesome and exhilarating! But I can take a magic marker and do that with construction paper like I did when I was five and have it mean the same to God. It's about a promise coming true and about God opening doors I couldn't have opened myself. It's about taking the gifts He's given me and giving them back to Him. It's about all the times I wanted to give up because it was so hard and so long and so painful...and me just knowing I couldn't persevere...and having Him beside me every step of the blistering run, cheering me on, whispering in my ear, "I think you can." Then imparting strength to keep going. Encouraging me with a blog comment (yes...He uses you guys MIGHTILY to encourage me) or a contest judge comment or perhaps a contest win. He knows exactly what we need when we need it. And I am NOT going to stop going to that Amazon page to grin at my book once they do put a cover up. I haven't seen my cover yet...another thing to look forward to! In fact, I'm not gong to stop going to Amazon to look at the title...LOL!....I know it's there because of Him.
Thank you, Jesus. Words aren't enough to tell you what this means to me. I know you know because you always see inside my heart. Thank you Eph 3:20.