My testimony

» Posted on Dec 5, 2007 in Blog | Comments Off on My testimony

Sometimes you don’t always hear what the Lord is saying to you. It took several pushes to get me to where I am today, writing inspirational romances. For years I wrote in the secular market but hadn’t found what deeply satisfied me. In 2000 I was floundering, trying to find a direction in my writing. I tried several genres, but nothing really spoke to me. A friend told me about hearing an editor for Steeple Hill talk at a conference. I had submitted something to this editor when she was working on a secular line for Harlequin. She had been encouraging and positive about my writing.

But even then I didn’t think I had what it took to write an inspirational romance. Yes, I believe in the Lord. Yes, I have a strong faith. But me write for the Lord? I didn’t see it. I didn’t think I was worthy.

But the Lord had a different plan for me. He gave me a story that had to be told as an inspirational romance. It involved a student I had worked with who had Down’s syndrome. His story had been so inspiring and full of so much faith in the Lord. I took the idea and came up with something that was a tribute to the students I worked with who were special needs. They are filled with so much love. They are special, not because of their disabilities but because of whom they are.

The editor bought that book in three weeks. This was my first Love Inspired called The Power of Love. But even after this I thought how could I do this over and over. Why would the Lord use me? I didn’t think I could sustain it in stories after stories. I might be able to do a couple but that would be all.

I am writing my twenty-third inspirational romance at this time and the stories keep coming. The only thing I can contribute that to is the power of the Lord. I am continually amazed at what He can do.

Now when I look back at my writing career, I see His hand pushing me in that direction long before the year 2000, but I wasn’t listening. I wasn’t ready. Be open to what the Lord has planned. And listen.