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Sunday, April 22, 2012


Two red-letter days. Both life and faith affirming

(If you wonder where I've been lately, continue reading.)

After months of silence from editors, and declining health, I asked the Lord if He wanted me to continue writing. Did He ever give me an answer!

First, a quiet note from the copy editor for Bride's Rogue in Roma, Texas: "a very lovely story."
Next, an enthusiastic email from a fan saying how much she loves my books and even quoting my words back to me . . .
Then news from my agent that close to ten editors want propoals from me.

You writers out there know how seldom days like this come. Neon letters written on my heart that God has more books for me to write.

I didn't know how soon I would need that absolute assurance.

Two days later I woke  up, unable to get out of bed. I lay with my legs dangling over the side and me lying down for 24 hrs.

And went to the hospital. Staff infection, high fever, dehydrated. Not to mention a right arm that screamed every time someone touched it. Unconnected to the infection but of the 2 problems, the one that caused me the most trouble.  I spent 17 days in the hospital, antibiotics flowing through an IV. sent home, taught how to administer the antibiotic, but still bedbound.

God's promise that He had more books for me to write illuminated the days when I wondered if Iwould even get to live on my own again.

Friday #2: 2 days ago.  Physical therapist came and I not only sat on the edge of my back but also stood!  I aso received word of a sale! (not free to share details yet) Evidence of the not yet completely fulfilled promises.

Praise the Lord with me.


Holly Bryant said...

Oh, Darlene! I am praising the Lord with you! By all means! You are on my prayer list and shall remain there! Your message today is a miracle! What a good God we have!!!

Candice Speare Prentice said...

Oh, Darlene, I'm glad you're recovering. And isn't God amazing to answer you the way He did. He is so faithful.

I'm praying for you.


Mary said...

God is awesome. Everything happens for a reason, even when we don't know what it is. Blessing to you, my friend. Praying for you daily.

Carla Olson Gade said...

God is faithful! So glad you are on the mend.

Linore Rose Burkard said...

What wonderful affirmation from the Lord, Darlene. I'm happy for you professionally, and praying for your physical healing.
Warmest blessings,


Megan DiMaria said...

Praying for your continued recovery and praising God for your continued contracts!!

Nuri said...

I am thankful that you are healthy again, and congratulations on the sale. Get well soon.

Kameko said...

I'm so thankful to hear your are finally recovering and on the mend. I've been praying for you daily. It is indeed an answer to prayers! As for the news of the wanted proposals - congratulations! It would be very sad for me, and many others, if my favorite author wrote no longer.

Many blessings dear friend,

Susan Page Davis said...

Hang in there, Darlene, and congratulations on that latest sale!

Anonymous said...

i like ur blog and have in my favorites, would like to get by email

Darlene Franklin said...

Anonymous, I need your email to send it.

Page After Page--A place to connect said...

So very glad you are doing better and better, Mrs. Franklin!!

Psalms 54:4 (KJV)
"Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul."

Anonymous said...

for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.

hope you are feeling better.been sick myself but I am feeling better now