Last year the Lord gave me a story. Actually He gave it to me a few years ago.
And I pretty much responded to the Lord with, “What a novel idea!” (Pun intended)
Fast forward to December 2014. I had to have a little outpatient operation to remove a growth that was supposed to be non-cancerous, but “let’s just remove it to be sure.”
The book idea came back to mind and I made a deal with the Lord.
Let’s just press the pause button on the story for a brief second while I tell you, “It is not only bad idea to make deals with the Lord, but it is also wrong. Just obey the Lord and trust Him.” (And sing the hymn if it will help you remember…”Trust and obey, for there is no other way….”)
So the deal was this, “If the growth is not cancerous, I will set about writing out the story you have given to me.”
And the growth was NONMALIGNANT…so, let’s just praise the Lord and write a book!
Two weeks later on a Saturday morning, the house was silent as I finished my quiet time. In that moment, I remembered the promise I had made to the Lord and realized I had some uninterrupted time. A rarity at our house.
So in about thirty minutes, I typed out the words for the story that had been in my head for several years.
Then I started to pray about who I should ask to illustrate the book. The illustrator’s name came to mind almost immediately. But I kept praying and finally asked her at the end of January.
We met in February and she looked over the book and the inspiration pictures I had collected for her. We drew up a contract and her work was to be finished by the end of July with several deadlines for approval in between.
Next I set about the task of figuring out how I would publish this little project. And let’s just say that this is when I started realizing that the task of publishing a children’s book is not for the faint of heart.
So I became faint at heart.
I was encouraged to not do this. Just tuck it aside. Maybe make it an e-book. But that was not the vision the Lord had given to me.
The vision the Lord had given me was for a children’s book that would be a blessing to families who had lost a baby. A hug, if you will. The purpose was to not only help them to know that they were not alone, but to point them to the One who never leaves them.
The Lord was so good to allow my path to cross with another local author who self-published her book. She was a WEALTH of information and for her I am eternally grateful! She even pointed me to a trustworthy book that would help guide me the rest of the publishing journey.
So July came and the illustrations were complete! There was one that had to be redone, but no big deal. In August, all was complete and it was time for the next step.
But I was not ready for the next step. It would cost several American dollars which I did not have.
I dragged my feet until finally in November, I met with the graphic designer who would take my words and Kay’s illustrations and make the book I had envisioned, but even better.
In January, I finally ordered my ISBN numbers and bar code and figured out the price of the book.
And now, as the cover is being finished graphically, I am preparing for the next phase – self-publishing the book.
So that is the story of why I have written a children’s book. Lord-willing, it will be a real “live” book sooner than later.
“I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8