I apologize for the length of this post…but I had to share this story…Today for Wonderful Wednesday, I want to just thank the Lord! Along each step of this self-publishing journey He has opened (and closed) doors and provided just what I needed when I needed it. I want to share with you one example of this amazing provision from the Lord and hope it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me!
As I have taken each next step for this self-publishing journey, I have asked the Lord to direct my footsteps and to show me what to do. One part of this journey was having the money to be able to print the books. After much counsel and prayer, it was decided that we would need $3,600 to print the books.
Last fall when I was looking at needing that amount of money, Dustin and I decided that we would borrow the money,but rather that I would use money I earned from directing weddings to pay for the book expenses. And the Lord provided four weddings to do in 2016 – two in March and two in the summer. I assumed that I would begin the printing process after the summer weddings.
But in early March, I was encouraged by several people to get these books here – to get them on their way. As I looked at the accounts, I realized that we lacked $1,200 from being able to print these books. I also felt an urgency to get this process started.
One morning as I was reading through the book of Matthew, I came upon these familiar verses: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
I was convicted big time that I had planned for the book’s printing, but I had not asked the Lord – I had not sought Him like I should have for this provision. I just assumed His provision was the upcoming wedding work.
So on that Friday morning, I prayed, “Lord, I feel like you want me to get this book process started ASAP…but I also know that we still need $1,200 to start this process. So I am giving this financial need to you and if you want us to go ahead and print them, then I am asking you to provide $1,200. And if not, that is fine too…I just want to be in Your will.”
And I left it at that. I knew I had given it to the Lord and He could do what He wanted to…I honestly expected that to be the end of that.
But two days later on Sunday morning, a young man in our congregation came up to Dustin and said, “I have been praying about your book process and the Lord laid it on my heart to give you some money to support this project.” And he handed Dustin a white envelope with cash in it. $505 American dollars to be exact. Read more