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Monday, October 5, 2009

The Dangers of Boasting

Since I decided to start writing full time back in June, I have received several affirmations.
--the three book Vermont historical series for Heartsong (Prodigal Patriot, book #1, due out next summer)
--another novella for 2010 (Face of Mary in A Woodlands Christmas)
--Book of the Year nomination for Dressed in Scarlet in Snowbound Colorado Christmas
--every devotional I've sent out has sold
--publishers considering my longer books
--the awesome booksigning in Denver
--This year's novella anthology, Wild West Christmas started out wild at the gate and promises to sell very well.
--most recently, an invitation to join the staff of a magazine

Not much of this has amounted to much money yet, mind you, but the possibility is there.

I also gave my first speech at Toastmasters and was told I did things well that some Toastmasters take years to learn.

I could be walking around with a puffed up head. Probably am.

Maybe that's why God has sent this path across my path twice in the past week: "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord" (Jeremiah 9:24, 1 Corinthians 1:31).

Jeremiah in fact reminded me "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, or the writers of her contracts (my insertion) but let who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me."

I pray I will be faithful with the opportunities God is giving me.


Jan Parrish said...

God is providing and I am so pleased that you are meeting with good success. Keep us updated.
Love you

Susan Hollaway said...

It's awesome that things are going well for you....blessings from the Lord! You don't seem like a person who would be prideful in yourself at all. Do all things to the glory of God, just like you're doing, and you won't need to worry.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you! Thanks for the tips on devotionals.