But I said, "I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord's hand,
and my reward is with my God."
As many of you, my faithful readers, already know, my blog posts here at Meditations of my Heart have been sporadic as of late due to my need to focus on my next series of novels, Adventures in the Glade, which will pick up where The Glade Series left off in the last book, The Moment of Truth. (There is a link to my website from which you can order the books at the top, right-hand side of this page.) While I've enjoyed moderate success with the novels as far as volume sales, the joy of hearing positive feedback from all who have read the books far outweighs the satisfaction of financial gain. Still, I have to admit, if the books went viral, it would be a splendid bonus.
In a recent conversation with my mother, we discuss the progress of the new series. She asks me, bluntly and honestly, "How can you keep on writing when your first series hasn't really taken off yet?"
My answer? "Mom, I have to write. I'm called to write. It's God's will for me to use the gifts He gave me for His glory."
And, that's the bottom line.
It may appear to the world that I labor in vain. For the world values treasure and wealth, fame and notoriety. While those are not necessarily bad things in and of themselves, they cannot even begin to hold a candle to placing God first in our lives, and trusting that any reward due us is in His hands. I know I've assigned the timing of any success I might realize squarely in God's care. I am faithful that, because of Him, my words will speak to those who most need to hear them and take them to heart.
So, where am I in this new series? As I write this, I'm on Chapter 7 of the third book in the trilogy. My goal is to have the first book, tentatively entitled Revenge!, to my publisher by the end of September. If I'm aiming for a pre-Christmas release, she must have them by that deadline. At first, I balked at the notion of sending it before completing the other novels, but that fear God assuaged only this past weekend. I will now be dividing my time for the remainder of the month between rewriting/editing the first book and working on the last one which I, gratefully, will have long months to tweak and perfect.
Yes, my friends, my posts will continue to be intermittent, and I do hope you will bear with me until I'm back in full gear by October. In the meantime, if you're on Facebook, you can track my progress by liking The Glade Series. I'll be posting updates there about twice a week.
Most of all, knowing you all will keep me in your thoughts and prayers would be a boon and a blessing as I traverse this hectic, yet soul-satisfying, journey. I so appreciate your patience, understanding, and encouragement. Sending each and every one of you my love!
I've asked you to keep me in prayers during this time. Is there anything happening in your life for which you would like me to pray? Please share in the comment section.
Prayer: Father, we know that whether or not the world sees us as successful, we always are when we obey Your will for our lives. Our reward is with You, and there is nothing we desire more than that. May all our creative efforts, done in Your name, be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.