Today, September 8, 2020, is the official publication date of my book, Renew: Invite the Designer to Refresh Your Heart.
So on my book’s birthday, I’m pausing to celebrate a few things.
Taking a step to start something new takes courage. I made a choice two years ago to pursue writing seriously. I revamped my website to house my words. I joined Instagram. I made a Facebook writer page. I stepped out and did the things, not knowing where the path would lead. But I began, and that’s worth celebrating.
Twenty-one thousand seven hundred eighty-nine words to be exact (thanks to my writing program). Each one was written and edited and read multiple times before sharing. I’m celebrating the words that came and formed on the page. But I’m also celebrating the words others spoke to me about my writing — the compliments and encouragement to write, giving me the courage to do so. I remember pastor Chuck today and the last words he spoke to me, just two months ago outside our church, letting me know he was thinking of ways to support me in my writing. Words matter. And words aptly spoken are worth celebrating.
Today, I’m thinking of my high school yearbook advisor, Mrs. Todd, who encouraged me to write. I’m thinking of my husband and children who have supported me. I’m thinking of texts and comments from people who read a post that resonated with them. I’m thinking of friends who have cheered me on chapter after chapter. And I’m thinking of all the people who have shared selfies with their books, eyes sparkling with excitement as they hold words I’ve written. I can’t get over it — how God uses others in our lives. People are worth celebrating.
I’m pretty good at starting things, but finishing is challenging. Staying the course. Pushing through all the obstacles. Editing and revising and editing some more. Jumping over every technology hurdle. Digging deep for the determination to figure out what you don’t know (and humbly asking for help when you need it). Finishing is hard. And it’s worth celebrating.
This year has been full of bad news, making it difficult (and all the more necessary) to focus on the good. I’m celebrating good news today — that Jesus came to save us and give us life with him. Life with Jesus is good, and each day we discover traces of his grace. We always have something to be thankful for. The goodness of God is worth celebrating every day.
What about you? What are you celebrating today?
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