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My 2015 Christmas Miracle (Part 4)

It’s amazing how God can take something you’ve worked on for over a decade and turn it into a reality in less than a month.

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If you’ve read the first three posts in this series you know the miracle story of how God is taking a project from files on a computer to a published book in less than four weeks.

He is indeed a miracle worker and the Ultimate Gift Giver.

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As I type the words above I have to smile. I’ve been buried in edits the last two weeks. What jumps out at me more than anything is how the spiritual truths the precious LORD gave me over ten years ago are tried and true today. I wrote a devotional set back then about God’s gifts. I’m pretty sure I called Him the Ultimate Giver Giver or something very close.

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I edited more than 65 devotionals in the past month. The writing of the original content spans more than ten years. Much of what I wrote as a much younger woman was true but not deeply tested. I prayed prayers I didn’t understand and penned concepts not knowing what deep application would come of them in my own life. Maybe I was a bit naive, but whether the devotion was written in 2004 or 2015, the spiritual truths stand.

They may be better understood. I may be stronger and deeper and more tried.

But it is all real. All that spiritual discovery.

And that alone is breath-taking.

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One theme of Awaken is how we can stop striving to be Christ-followers and trust Holy Spirit to do what Scripture says He will do–remake us to be more and more like Jesus. These last ten years are a journey of learning to rest in His embrace, to keep my eye on the Savior, not myself or my circumstances.

I can say with more confidence than ever HE IS TRUSTWORTHY. In every situation, no matter how painful. In every life, no matter how messy.

The cover designs in this post were created thanks to  Kim Liddiard of the Creative Pixel. Her genius took my passion and Lisa’s artwork and combined them into a cohesive visual set. I love her concept of a sunburst coming from behind the tree as well as her use of creative fonts. I believe Kim’s inspired book covers show the progression of the vibrancy of the journey we take with the One who leads.

As I mentioned yesterday the Lord put the remaining components of my team together by the end of the day on Monday, November 30th. I’m grateful Kim worked me into her busy schedule of clients. Even if she weren’t a dear friend she is who I would want for cover design! The Lord also nudged Ruth Meyer to step in to do line edits and proofreading. It’s exciting to see who God called together for the birthing of Soul Scents Publishing.

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The final member of the team is my sweet Jerry who researches all the technical stuff I don’t want to think about while I create. Really these books began over ten years ago when he challenged me to set up a devotional website and mail a weekly devotion to subscribers. His vision led to four amazing years as the Lord sent a few thousand subscribers to walk with me on a spiritual journey in Jesus’ embrace. And from that journey another is birthed, more than ten years later. Stay tuned for information on the Christmas week release of Soul Scents: Awaken.

Blessings,

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My 2015 Christmas Miracle (Part 1)

SS CollectionToday I’m telling a secret.

Talk about biting the lower lip to keep the old trap shut! Now it’s finally time to share!

It started with a little tap-tap on the shoulder and grew into something more.

Unexpected.

Miraculous.

God’s majesty and provision is ever-present. But maybe sometimes He likes to show off for His kids in a really personal way.

Or maybe it’s not showing off. Maybe it’s simply LOVE.

Here’s the big news. It is totally a “God-thing.”

My latest book releases Christmas week!

Called Soul Scents~A Spiritual Journey in the Son’s Embrace, the devotional set offers 52 weeks of week-day devotions. The writing spans more than a decade of my discovery of a God Who is more graceful and loving than I ever dreamed. Meeting Him in this way truly changed my life, and I can’t begin to describe the joy I feel at sharing with others what He has shown me. Offering this series is like offering the most precious treasures of my heart.

God is not Who I once thought He was.

He is so much more and so much better than I ever dreamed.

His love has depths I’ve yet to plum and heights I’ve yet to climb. His grace is bafflingly beautiful. But what I have grasped is more than enough to re-shape my schemata of life. I pray Soul Scents is a tool the Lord uses to do the same for readers.

Each day this week I’ll share a tid-bit about the miraculous journey to Soul Scent’s Christmas release and why it’s the project of my heart.PMApprov1-01

Watch for details on the first book in the series, Soul Scents: Awaken, which releases Christmas week offering devotions for the first 13 weeks of 2016.

One of the things I’m especially excited about is Amazon’s Kindle program which will allow us to offer the digital version on periodic free days. What a wonderful way to get the word out about Who He is and the love and passion He has for us!

Two *Free* days will be scheduled for Christmas week so readers can begin the spiritual journey with Soul Scents the very first day of 2016.

I can’t wait to shout from the roof tops (or at least the blogoshere) how God orchestrated what I’m calling my Christmas miracle. Tomorrow’s post goes way back to the beginning!