I owe a sincere apology to my readers for the sporadic entries in my blog lately.
I still enjoy my mornings as I work through the daily devotional in God Calling but I'm not taking the extra time to type them into my blog.
Instead, I'm spending my typing time on the manuscript for my current book – Hope in Hard Times – Stories to Build a Strong Foundation for Life's Difficult Seasons. (or something like that)
I have been enjoying the work on this manuscript even though I've changed it so many times over the last five years. God has used this re-writing time to really speak to me about some things in my life.
Wow. And in the process I'm finding my authentic voice.
As I re-read my stories, I started noticing that some of my difficult seasons were a result of my failure to speak up for myself and be honest about how I was feeling.
Instead, out of fear of man's opinion, I went with the flow of what someone else thought I should do. I wasn't true to myself. I didn't want to rock the boat so I remained silent. I was miserable.
I shared these pages with editors and other critique partners. They agreed that I need to get real in my writing if I want my reader to relate.
I meet every Friday with my friend Cheryl who is an amazing visionary counselor. She listens to my stories and shows me the times where my voice is not speaking truth.
Now I'm going back over the manuscript with a new voice – more authentic and free – telling it like it really is, rather than what I think you want to hear.
I can't wait for you to read it.
This book has been a mechanism of God's healing and it revealed to me that He has been there all along. I just didn't always acknowledge His presence and follow His voice.
And you know what? I'm changing the dance of the way I communicate to my friends and family every day too. I want to be more authentic in every area of my life. It is revolutionary. Really.
So now you understand the sporadic blog posts. I'm having way too much fun re-writing my manuscript with a new and fresh voice.
Watch for my book to be published this fall. I'll be sure to let you know when it is released so we can celebrate authentic stories together.
Maybe I'll even help you find your voice too.
I appreciate you!
God Bless Your Heart