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Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Have a Dream

And not just because Martin Luther King day is around the corner.

Last week I learned that I probably have 2 more new books, plus a definite "repack" of Beacon of Love with 2 other Rhode Island stories this summer (Seaside Romance).

Yes! Rejoicing! But I still stared at my checkbook and the calendar and wondered, "How will I manage financially?" Because a promised contract today will only translate into money in the future. Should I make a serious attempt to find a part-time job to supplement my income?

I still don't know the exact answer to that question. But God changed my lens.

When I moved to Oklahoma, I could count my books in print on one hand: Romanian Rhapsody; Gunfight at Grace Gulch; A String of Murders; Beacon of Love; Snowbound Colorado Christmas. Add contracts for two more books to those five.

Today, seven months later, I have contracts or promises for ... count them ... eight more books. Doubled.

Could God have made His blessing on my jump of faith any more clear?

Why did it take me so long to see it?

This day has been a long time coming. Financially, my future is far from secure. But God has brought His purpose--my dream--to pass.

What are you dreaming for today?

God can make that impossible dream happen.

Oh, for those of you who prayed for me last week: Thanks! I was up between 7-9 every day. Still not settling in to sleep easily at night, but half the problem is solved.


Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Rejoicing with you for all the good the Lord is bringing in your life. Wow - contracts for 8 books.
There'll be smoke coming from your keyboard. : )

Denise Miller Holmes said...

It takes standing back and getting an objective view sometimes to see God's hand and blessings. You are living the life that so many writers want. Happy for you, Darlene.

Karla said...

Darlene, as always, I'm amazed at how "sisters" run different races on the same track. This is my prayer for both of us: Lord, as you make Your dreams in my life a reality, please supply our immediate needs. There is a gap in provision, and if I am to fully step into this calling, I need release from this distraction. Please. Grant us enough financial comfort so we can fully focus on our craft. And please. Grant us full view of the lessons of this season. For we know they will make great material in future writing!! What we learn in this season can only serve You more.