We were not created to simply make it through another day. Only when we rise above our circumstances and embrace the life we have, despite the losses, are we truly living.
Early on in the process of writing Stone Benches, I knew this was going to be significant. It did not have anything to do with me, or even my family - but rather God's incredible love for those with this disease, as well as the footprints that journey beside them. I wept- not for myself, but for those I would never meet. People who will be facing this disease next week and don't even see it coming. This produced a drive and resolve in me- the motivation to leap out of bed in the middle of the night and throw inspiration onto my computer screen.
This evening we celebrate all God has done in and through this project at my book launch. I'm in awe He chose to use me for this most remarkable calling. I am humbled to realize He saw something in me I did not recognize in myself. We all have it, you know, these gifts that are intended to be shared. All that is required is a willingness to be obedient in sharing them. Throughout the process, I was praying for one person to be helped - His plans were so much bigger.
When we are willing, there isn't anything He cannot accomplish.
Symphony Publishing signed my book before it was even completed. Folks told me that just didn't happen. I suppose it doesn't but, there again, He can do absolutely anything. It seems He was ready to answer my prayer. My publisher's mother was battling strange new symptoms and this woman I was yet to meet was looking for answers. With the first few chapters of Stone Benches in her hands, she found help and encouragement to take the next step.
It is incredible to me how God brings people together, especially when our prayers line up with His plans. I have since run into countless folks I would have never met who were in need of encouragement and insight: bookstore managers, clerks at sign shops, strangers in post office lines. Stone Benches has a mission of its own as well and is traveling to places I could never dream of, finding those who need to hear the words within its pages.
You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21
As I told my publisher: "This book is a testimony of how God has carried me through. Without this, nothing else would have occurred as it did. Without Him, this book means nothing." Tonight I celebrate all He has done and all He is going to do. I give Him thanks for the gifts and talents we all possess and His willingness to allow us to be a part of purposes much greater than ourselves. I thank Him in faith that answers are coming soon for folks diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Those of you who have watched my interview know when asked to share my favorite quote, I drew a blank. "Live simply, laugh often, love deeply" was on a sign in my study literally inches away from me. "It's never too late to live happily ever after" was hanging on the wall. I smile daily as I see this reminder and thank God for the beautiful life and wonderful husband He has given me. What I attempted to quote, however, was one of my favorite scriptures - my prayer as I began writing Stone Benches. It's a beautiful promise for us all!
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine
according to His power that is at work within us."
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