Writing a book is quite a process. Actually, my writing part took only 4 months. But then the editing process began. I am thankful and blessed to have the 4 editors I did have. They were wonderful to help me make the book more readable and correct.
Next began the process of figuring out how to get the book published. My, oh my, what a project that has turned out to be. There are many vanity presses out there who will publish anything you want published–for a price. That price runs from $3,000 up to $10,000. So for now, it is on Amazon. You can click this link to order it in either paperback or Kindle version.
God has been using me and our story to help others already. One of the ladies I walk with at the gym said my book is powerful. She has a brother-in-law home bound and it has been helpful to her family. I attended a memorial for a widow in my boyfriend’s wife’s family last weekend. I was able to reach out to her in a meaningful way as well. God will use me as long as I am open to His bidding.
My grieving and healing are still ongoing. So many days, I miss something specific about Jerry. Other days, I just miss him in general. Yes, God has given me a full life with purpose and people in it, but there is and always will be an empty spot filled only by Jerry. I am thrilled he is not here for the virus craziness going on now as he would have been in the high-risk group for sure.
Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” When our governor gave his state of emergency address for Oklahoma, he ended with this verse. I feel blessed to have a governor who is a believer and not afraid to publicly acknowledge it. This is such a true scripture for our present day situation. As difficult as it is not to be anxious, God tells us not to be. He is still in control and will use the situation to bring good to us. Slowing down for everyone is good–more family time, more home time, just more time to focus on God and His goodness.
Today I am thankful for:
- Spring is just around the corner!
- The rain to make my garden grow.
- The government restrictions to keep us safe.
- My boyfriend and the joy of having a companion.
- A comfortable house to wait out the virus.
- Being healthy to minimize my risk for the virus.
- My book being available on Amazon.
- My editors to help the book be its best.
- Church online and a group of 10 to worship with at my boyfriend’s house.
- God being in control to help us not be anxious.
Please pray for my son-in-law’s income. With the coffee shop going to take out only, the NBA games he calls for being cancelled, and the church where he preaches Sunday nights being cancelled, his income is drastically cut. Pray for a quick end to the virus for all involved worldwide. Also pray for the safe travels Monday of our German exchange student, Lya, whose mother is flying her home. The virus is scaring everyone around the world and rightly so. Lya will be in a confined airplane Monday so pray for immunity for her.