I’m so scared. Full of fear and the possibility of failure. I’ve been on a journey the past few years and have come to face my fears head on. It’s a daily struggle, one that often brings me to my knees with anxiety.
God has been so faithful. I have been so unfaithful. And yet, He continues to pursue me and love me and breathe hope into my overwhelmed heart.
My devotional book, Bigger Than Overwhelmtion, has been in the works for a very long time. It is finally done and only by the grace of God, have I been able to face my fears and continue writing and editing and editing and writing.
I might sell one. I might sell a thousand. But it doesn’t matter. My worth is not based on the profits made or the quantity sold. Thank you Jesus.
In full disclosure, I need to tell you that the majority of this devotional book is from my blog. It’s the culmination of nine years of writing. Many of them have been updated and new devotions have been added. But I would feel like I was misleading you if I didn’t tell my blog readers that.
Here is the link to purchase a copy: http://www.blurb.com/b/7381397-bigger-than-overwhelmtion
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I hate to jinx myself but I think it’s safe to finally go public with some exciting news.
I am publishing a devotional book.
No, really, I am. For reals. This is the real deal. Really.
I know, I’ve said this a million times, but thankfully God will not let me give up on this dream. Since I’ve been off work the past … well almost 2 months, God has continued to bring it to my mind and has allowed me time to finish the final editing and all the other stuff needed to get it done. My in-house editor, aka Pat, is doing one last look over and then it will be ready for purchase!
I am using a self-publishing company – one that I was reminded of by mom and dad after they died. That’s right, after.
The Christmas before they died they got me a gift certificate to Blurb. They knew I wanted to publish a devotional book and thought I could do a mini one as a sort of trial. Well, of course, I never did use the gift certificate.
Last year I was cleaning out files or boxes or something and I came across the gift certificate. I couldn’t believe I still had it. And imagine my surprise when I go to their website and they do self-publishing and will handle all the selling and processing and all that fun stuff.
Thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you, Jesus.
The title of the book is Bigger Than Overwhelmtion and it will be $10. I’m hoping to eventually have them available for sale at my church and possibly Crossroads (not sure how that works). Otherwise, they will be available on the Blurb website.
I will keep you posted when it’s ready for purchase. It won’t be anything fancy and I won’t be making much on it, but my heart’s desire is for even just one person to be encouraged and find hope and healing through whatever overwhelmtion they may be facing. God has already turned my ashes into beauty and I pray through this book, He will do so even more.
Thank you to so many who have continued to pray for me and encourage me over the years. You know who you are and I love you much!
I obviously haven’t been writing much the past few weeks. I’ve been working extra hours at work on a big project and also co-directing a dinner theatre for the past two months. Now that our project is close to completion and the dinner theatre is over, life will hopefully get back to a sense of normalcy. Ha, who am I kidding, right!?
Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts to share, but until then, I’d like to ask you to please vote in the Secret13 writing contest.
I am a finalist and voting opened today and will go through Sunday, April 26th. You can vote once a day per IP address. My essay is titled Bigger Than Overwhelmtion.
Here is the link to cast your vote: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/04/21/secret-13-essay-contest-final-voting/
Thank you so much!
The kids, my sister and I went to the Chris Tomlin concert last Sunday night. Danelle had called a few days prior and said, “I’m coming down and we’re going to Chris Tomlin!” Woo hoo!
It was a great night. We also love 10th Avenue North and Rend Collective. It was awesome. It was especially awesome to worship with my daughter and sister. (Caleb said it was too loud.)
The most awesome part of the night was when God started poking me saying, “Did you hear that Missy?”
Chris Tomlin was singing the song I Will Rise.
I’ve heard this song a million times.
And even though I believe every word of the song, since Mom and Dad died, it’s made me a little sad.
We were singing it on Sunday night …
There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say, “It is well”
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The grave is overwhelmed.
The grave is OVERWHELMED!
THE GRAVE IS OVERWHELMED!
Oh. My. Word.
Every time I’ve sung this song, I have never registered the words, “The grave is overwhelmed.”
Sure, I know it. I believe it. My hope is in it.
But this time, God spoke the words to my heart. To me, the overwhelmtion queen.
Missy! The grave is overwhelmed! Yes, you may experience overwhelmtion in this life. But it is temporary! I have overcome the grave. It is overwhelmed through the blood of Jesus.
And for the first time since penning the word overwhelmtion, I really, truly realized that I don’t have to be overwhelmed.
Yes, I probably will be. This world is hard, there is pain and sorrow and a lot of overwhelmtion.
But what does God say to that?
Take heart, for I have overcome the world! (John 16:33)
So take heart today, you of overwhelmed hearts.
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead
May God be blessed this Resurrection weekend, and may you be filled with His overwhelming love,