March 17th isn’t just St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the day The Pharaoh’s Daughter releases!
I’ve paced and sweated and cried over this baby, and tomorrow it’s borne to the whole world. If I had more than three minutes of free time, I might be excited—or nervous.
My assistant, Klicia, has helped immensely with blog posts, newsletters, and mailings. And y’all are like an ARMY out there, sharing with your family, friends, at churches, in your communities, and through social media. The Lord has blessed beyond measure…
But sometimes—on days like today—it’s all a little overwhelming, and I feel like crawling into a hole.
Isn’t That Awful?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m very thankful. It’s just that, I feel like the Lord left the blessing spigot on too long, and now I’m drowning. Lest you think I’m too blessed, take heart. My doc decided to switch migraine meds, so I’m struggling with more and worse headaches in the midst of the increased demands.
I’m not complaining. I’m making a point. This is what happens when I wallow in the DUMP rather than walk through the DESERT.
The dump and the desert feel very much alike sometimes, but the result of my visit to either location is determined by my attitude.
- Chaotic & Distracted
- Based on my DECISIONS
- Leads to DECAY
- Silent & Waiting
- Relies on God’s DISCLOSURE
- Leads to DELIGHT
Important Lessons from the DUMP/DESERT:
As Long as I’m Focused on Me, I’ll Stay in the Dump.
If I remain focused on my little life and the things of this world, I’ll see only chaos and face constant distractions. I’ll set goals and fail. I’ll sin and repent—and sin again. I’ll sit in my garbage and decay because only a God-ward focus can lift me above my helpless self. In Him, all things are possible! When I become God-focused, I live in silent wonder, waiting on that next revelation. Each encounter, each revelation of God leads to new delights.
Neither the DUMP nor the DESERT is Our Destination.
Both are a part of our bigger journey. They are pit-stops through which we travel on the way to God’s greater destination. Granted, some dumps and deserts last years—remember the Israelites in the wilderness? But His timing is perfect. So I wait…and I trust.
Where Are You Today?
Do you find yourself in a DUMP or a DESERT time? I hope you’re experiencing neither. I pray you’re sailing along life’s highway without a single bump in the road. However, if you find yourself in a dump…like I was when I began writing this post…let’s both take a moment or two to re-focus.
Oh, And About That Book Release…
I’m sure each of you has a myriad of concerns, joys, struggles, and victories happening in your life right now, and my book release won’t be the biggest thing happening in anyone’s day tomorrow. ☺
But I’d be so grateful if you’d wander over to Amazon.com (←Click on the highlighted text to go to The Pharaoh’s Daughter page on that site—same for sites listed below.) and write a short review. Please be sure you don’t reveal any spoilers in the review. We want readers to make those same fun discoveries you did when you received those ARCs in December! ☺
If you have time, please consider leaving reviews on other sites as well. Just copy your Amazon review (Ctrl+C) and paste it (Ctrl+V) on these other sites (no need to write separate reviews for the different sites):
Thanks Oodles, Y’all!
May your dump days be few and your desert be delightful!