Wednesday, August 25, 2010

EYES ON THE PRIZE

So what is there interesting in my life to blog about about...nothing much I'd say.  Nothing except I'm anxiously waiting for contract negotiations on my very first book deal with Moody Publishers, LEVB.  LEVB has accepted a historical romance from me and wants to publish it!!  Woo hoo, that's a real big deal to me and one I have worked toward for years.  Writing is a pleasure but when I began envisioning it as a professional endeavor it became something more.  It wasn't solely a career move at first but a calling to use an ability for the Lord's Kingdom.  I had no thoughts of ever being published beyond printing copies for my friends or church.  Little by little the vision expanded and I'm sure it was through the Holy Spirit's tender guidance.

GOD has a thing for the least likely I'd say.  The Bible demonstrates it over and over again from the Old to the New Testaments.  Noah, Moses and Gideon for example were not exactly who we would consider candidates for the gargantuan tasks they performed for GOD.  Apostle Paul was so far from anyone we would have picked to be on fire with the Gospel till it's not funny but The Lord zeroed in on the least likely and worked it out to accomplish His purposes.  I consider myself not equal of course to those Biblical dynamos but in the same class of least likely being given the job of writing for the glory of GOD.

It's a wonderful gift, an awesome honor and great privilege as a born again believer.  This is not just false humility either.  I realized a while ago what my calling actually entailed and it was scary.  It brought out the enemy big time and consequently my life was torn up [for various reasons].  This is no small task I've been given so I can't handle it any other way other then what it is...GOD's thing.  I know this book deal was all the Lord's doing.  I know it was because Jesus is all over this thing and I'm thankful He is.  Wouldn't have it any other way.  As much as I would love for it to be, it's not about me.  It's about what I'm suppose to do for the Kingdom of GOD.  I pray to stay focused on the prize, eternity with The Christ and doing my divinely designated job well.  It won't hurt to have a little fun along the way that's for sure but I'm mainly hoping to be worthy, wise and willing for my unknown destiny...keeping my gaze upward.

Glory To GOD!!!

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Marlene! This is a big step & I wish and pray for your success in this endeavor. If I can ever be of any help, please let me know.

    Please check out my blog, if you'd like and become one of my followers. :)

    Thanks!
    Carole B
    http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com

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  2. Writing for the glory of GOD: Not a bad job description Marlene. Remember, if the critics hate your work and no body buys your book the Boss Man won't fire you. He may move you into another position but there's job security in working for Him.

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  3. Congratulations, Marlene, and many blessings on your writing and blogging journey. I just became a follower.

    Love
    Jen

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  4. Great start. Keep them coming.

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  5. Well, I did it. I read, digested and thereupon commented, now what must I do to get similar responses? Who among you will step forward and tell me to go wash the dishes. Seriously Marlene, good work, now I suppose I'll have to buy the book too. Complications! I clicked follower too, I think I'mm right behind Jeanette.
    Love and stuff.
    Miggy

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  6. Congratulations Marlene! Just saw your blog and had to comment. I have known you for over 30 years and know that you are a very spiritual person. This new book deal couldn't have happened to a nicer person. With God at the steering wheel you can't make a wrong turn (the best driver I know!) Much, Much Love!
    Delores

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  7. Woo hoo, Marlene!

    Keep giving all the glory to God! He is mighty to save.

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  8. Good morning Marlene. God has given you a new lesson along with your success as a book author. You shall learn patience in waiting for your new book to be actually in your hands, I am so very happy for you. What are you writing now?

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