On Monday, I shared on my blog about the painful and difficult personal adversity my family and I have been struggling with over the past year (if you missed it, you can read it here). I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the sweet, beautiful comments left on that post and the countless emails and messages I have received all week long. I’m unable to respond to all of them, but please know I have read and re-read every single one, and my heart and spirit have been so lifted. So thank you all for your kindness and encouragement, and especially your ongoing prayers. Knowing heaven is being stormed on our behalf brings more peace than you can imagine. 🙂 Thank you again.
But, now it’s a new year, and time to move forward, right?! And I have some good news to share. Yay! Despite all the hardships of this past year, something miraculous happened, and I am blown away at what God did during this season of trial.
This past year I was under contract with David C Cook Publishing for two new books, and I felt accountable to follow through, no matter what I might be going through personally. The topic idea I had pitched for the first book was about thinking positive, even in the face of less-than-positive circumstances. A book about having unsinkable faith and hope when the storms of life threaten to pull us away from God, drowning us in negativity and hopelessness.
I’ve always heard God has a sense of humor – but seriously? This was ridiculous. I knew without a shadow of a doubt I could not and would not be able to write an entire book about being a faith-filled positive thinking optimist, when my life seemed to be swirling around in a whirlpool of negativity with all the debris and destruction of our life’s storm bumping into me at every turn.
Don’t you just love that little two-word phrase? It is always followed up with proof of a miracle – and this time is no different.
You see, in the midst of this trial, I wrote that entire book called Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies for Transforming the Way You Think, Feel and Live.. And it was ALL GOD. I had no faith in myself, but God had faith in me. I wanted to quit, but He gave me strength to persevere. I didn’t think I could string two coherent thoughts together much less an entire manuscript, but somehow, and with the help of an awesome editor, God wove ideas and words into my brain over many months of writing. I thought it was a hopeless task based on the rationale of the absurd time crunch and the impossibility of not only thinking positively myself, but trying to still write in such a way that would convince others to desire to do the same. What had at first seemed like a blessing suddenly seemed like a curse. But oh friend, how God proved to me once again that His ways are always flawless, and all things are possible in Him. And through Him.
I now realize that writing this book was God’s divine design for slowly weaving the pieces of my own heart back together.
Day after day, week after week, as I studied, researched and focused on how to take control of our thoughts, how to let Christ transform and renew our minds through scripture and other resources, and how to truly take our thoughts captive to Him so we could learn to think more positive and live a more positive, joy-filled life regardless of our circumstances, something supernaturally miraculous happened.
Not only did the book get written, which was a miracle in itself, but somewhere along the way God did something more miraculous … He changed me. He changed my heart. He changed my thoughts. He transformed my mind. He helped me truly learn to let go of things I couldn’t change or control and instead focus on what I could. He gave me peace when I felt afraid and overwhelmed with emotions and stress. He helped me remain calm, when I had every reason to panic. He filled me with hope and reassurance that things would be okay, one day. He equipped me to forgive so my heart could be at peace, even when it was hard. His Word and the other incredible Christian based books I read about changing our brains and transforming our thought patterns, slowly led to the retraining of my own mind. I learned first hand how to think positive and live positive, even when life isn’t.
God forced me to put into practice, every second of every day for many, many months what it really means to strive for a transformed mind, take our thoughts captive and change our thinking habits, and how to tap into His peace and joy despite our circumstances. But ultimately – He taught me that I couldn’t have a positive life – much less write about having a positive life – until my own mind was positive first. I was forced to practically walk out this message in my own existence and in the midst of the worst season of my life, so I would be better equipped to inspire others to live positive lives too. And my prayer is that no matter what you might be going through, just maybe it will do so for you.
In the coming months, I’ll be telling you much more about Unsinkable Faith, which officially releases April 1, 2017. I have a lot of exciting news to share including awesome valuable freebies, fun parties, launch teams, launch parties, blog tours, giveaways, special articles and publicity events, and all the fun and exciting stuff that comes with releasing a new book! My prayer is that not only can we all change our own lives one positive thought at a time, but that together, we can make this world a more positive place to live in. Amen and hallelujah. Smiles.
There are only a few days left to fill out the application to join the Unsinkable Faith Launch Team.
Application closes January 31st, 2017.
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