Friday, December 7, 2012

A Trip, A Tryst, and A Terror

Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Tuesday, December 4, begins the same way it does every morning for me.  Dazedly, start the coffee.  Boot the computer.  Feed the meowing cat.  Step out onto the deck, hoping fresh, cool air will begin to wake me up before the coffee finishes brewing.

Nothing at all hints that this ordinary day is about to become extraordinary.  Gratefully sipping my first cup of coffee, I open my e-mail.  And, I see the message from my publisher.

"The book has shipped!"

Four simple words which catapult me into an orbit of joy.  Finally!  After all this time of waiting and hoping and praying, "A Trip, A Tryst, and A Terror" is on the way!

The Glade Series is launched!

Of course, I immediately e-mail my husband, Danny, with the glorious news.  He shares the tidings with his co-workers who have been asking about the book for weeks.

Wearing a smile that just won't quit, I go through the remainder of my morning routine.  Breakfast, the gym, the shower, and then, it's off to Bible study with Pastor Emily and the delightful college crowd.

As I'm driving, my cell phone rings.  It's Danny.

"You won't believe this," he says, "but the book is already available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble."

"What???"  I can't believe my ears.

"Yes!  Several people at work told me they found it.  I'm looking at it right now!"

I'm beside myself.  What amazing news this is!  When I arrive at Bible study, I share the latest with everyone.  The kids and Emily are so excited.  So much so, that one of the guys looks the novel up on his smart phone and adds it to his Christmas wish list!

"My mom won't believe I actually want a book for Christmas," he jokes, prompting laughter all round.

And, the day just gets better.  Home again, I update The Glade Facebook page.  Oh, what an incredible response!!!  My friends not only order the book, they share the news on their feeds!  Now, I'm feeling doubly, no, triply blessed!

But, that's not the end of the story.  I arrive home the next day after making arrangements for a book signing at my church when there, stacked against our garage, are four large cardboard boxes and a small one on top.  I know instantly what has arrived, much earlier than ever I could have anticipated.

THE BOOK!!!





As I hold it for the first time, my eyes fill with tears.  The.  Wait.  Has.  Been.  So.  Long . . . Yet, worth every moment when I know, in my heart of hearts, the the Lord, my God, has been in this from the beginning.  All has come to pass in His time.

And, indeed, He has lifted me up . . .

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How is the Lord lifting you up today?

Will you join me in prayer?
Thank You, dear Father, for all Your many blessings.  May we ever be humble before You, trusting that Your mighty hand will hold us close and lift us up in due time.  Amen.

40 comments:

  1. I'm Blessed to know that a friend from many years ago has had one of her dreams come true. Yes, the Dear Lord has had his hand in this wonderful dream Martha. I am so very happy for you! I am proud to know you Martha for not only your accomplishment as an Author,but as someone that spreads such good with your inspirational stories and hope! -Ginger-

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    1. Ginger, thanks so much for stopping by today and for your words of kindness and encouragement. They mean so much, my friend!
      Yes, it is a dream come true, after a very long wait.
      Blessings to you!

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  2. Wow Martha...congratulations! It must be such a touching moment as if holding your first born child in your hands...

    Sending loads of best wishes for the success of the book. Amen to your prayers.

    BTW lovely picture..simply loved it <3

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Me!
      You know, it IS similar to holding one's baby for the first time; I like your analogy!
      Thank you, too, for your best wishes. If it's God's will that the book is successful, then it surely will be.
      Blessings to you!

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  3. I am so very happy for you! It must be exhilarating to have something you have worked for , for so long, finally reach its fruition! I cannot wait to read this book! Seems like this is only the beginning of a great career!
    ~ blessings~

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    1. Thanks so much, Jessica, for stopping in and leaving such sweet encouragement. Glad you are looking forward to reading it, and I think both your children would enjoy having it read to them. :)
      Blessings to you!

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  4. Congratulations sweet sister. All you hard work has finally come to fruition. I will be ordering my copy so I can finish this wonderful story. I wish you all the best dear one. Blessings blessings blessings!
    Love,
    Leah

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by, Leah, and for the congratulations! Coming from another writer who knows what you have to go through to get to this point means so much.
      Oh, but as to "the rest of the story", that will appear in Books 2 and 3. :)
      Love and blessings to you!

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  5. I am so happy for you, my beautiful friend. You've achieved a milestone many of us are still dreaming about. Congratulations! I have your book on my wish list for 2013 when contract work picks back up. I wish you abundant success with this and the following books, and I am celebrating with you. This is just wonderful! :)

    - Dawn

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Dawn, and for your kind words and congrats! They mean so much!
      So glad you plan to order the novel - I know you will truly enjoy it!
      Blessings to you!

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  6. I cried for you while reading this, how wonderful! I can just imagine the thrill of finally seeing it come to be.I can't wait to read it. I am going to look it up now. Congratulations again!,....Gina

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by, Gina, and so glad you want to read the book. And, you are so sweet, crying while reading the post . . . what a great heart you have, cousin!
      Blessings to you!

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  7. I teared up, too! What a wonderful feeling! When I held my book for the first time, I called my editor and said, "It looks like a real book!" I felt just like Pinocchio--I was a real author. I'm so terrifically impressed and very very happy for you. Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Galen! I love your analogy to Pinocchio - that's a perfect description of what it feels like to hold the real thing in your hands. Unbelievable!
      Glad you will be reading it soon; would love your feedback, my friend!
      Blessings to you!

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you that I just noticed as I'm reading I have this great big smile on my face. I cannot wait to get my copy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! Hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know what you think.
      Blessings to you!

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  9. Wow Congratulations! It must be an amazing feeling. Wish you all success with it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachna! Yes, it is an amazing feeling. Thanks, too, for you wish for its success. That's my prayer, too! :)
      Blessings to you!

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  10. I know (almost) EXACTLY how that feels! And I am so excited and proud for you, my friend.

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    1. Thanks so much, Andy, and thanks, too, for notifying that it's now available electronically. This made lots of folks very happy today!
      Blessings to you!

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  11. Congratulations Martha! I can imagine your feelings as I read this post. So happy for you. God bless

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    1. Thanks so much, Rimly! Yes, it is a happy time indeed at the Orlando house!
      Blessings to you!

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  12. Congratulations Martha! I can imagine your feelings as I read this post. So happy for you. God bless

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    1. Thank you most sincerely, Rimly! So sorry to be so late getting back to you.
      Blessings always, my friend!

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  13. S00000000 excited for you:) Congratulations and many blessings:)

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    1. Thanks a million, Lynne! Launching this Thursday at Traders 22 in downtown Kennesaw, 4:30-7:00 if you can make it.
      Blessings to you!

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  14. Congratulations, Martha! I'm so happy for you!

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  15. Congratulations Martha...can feel your excitement. May the lord continue to bless you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Janu! Yes, I'm excited. :) May the Lord continue to keep and bless you, too!

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  16. Hey, Martha!
    So exciting! Looking forward to getting a copy.
    --
    Chris

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    1. Thanks so much, Chris! Let me know what you think - you are so well-read, your opinion would certainly mean a lot.
      Blessings to you!

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  17. Awesome, Martha! I'm so happy for you. This is a huge achievement. God's blessings on the trilogy's success :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Celia! Yes, I feel God is blessing me through this book each and every day.
      Blessings to you!

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  18. WOW!!! PRAISE GOD and CONGRATULATIONS! What a HUGE blessing and right before Christmas. ;) This gave me chills and I love how God works all things out. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa Marie! Yes, God's timing is perfect, all the time! I am so blessed!
      Blessings to you!

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  19. Congratulations on your book Martha! I'm always happy to see how everything unfolded in your eyes so wonderfully... it was something that you had in mind and was concretized at the right time.

    God bless you!

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  20. Thanks so much, Melissa! Yes, I believe very strongly that all has happened in God's perfect timing. I pray the book will reach many who need to know of His love.
    Blessings always!

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  21. Oh Martha, what wonderfully exciting news!!! I can't believe someone I know actually has a book out! I am heading to Amazon right now to check it out!!! CONGRATS! big hugs, xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Mitzi! I know you will enjoy the book.
      Sure have missed seeing your blog as of late. Hope you will be back in business soon, my friend!
      Blessings to you!

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