Wednesday, April 29, 2009

May is coming...

There's only two days left in April, and I have to say, I'm not very sad to see it go. Here in the country, April brings not only showers but JUNE bugs! Yes, they're always early out here. I started calling them April bugs. Not creative, no, but accurate as I swat and duck and dodge the divebombing annoyances every time I try to get in my door in the evening.

All in all, I have nothing against April. But much to look forward to!

Ever have months like that? Where it seems like everything happens at once?

In May, I'm expected to receive my first box of books from my new publisher, Steeple Hill. My first release with Love Inspired is releasing July 1st (another busy month for me!) and I can NOT wait to hold a copy of RETURN TO LOVE in my hands. I believe this whole dream won't feel entirely real until that moment. Can any authors relate to that?

Also, we're taking a beach trip in May. This will be our first vacation since well before I was pregnant, and now that my daughter is coming up on 10 months, I'm beyond ready! We could use a change of scenery, as I know every mom/author/employee/woman in general could. I'll send postcards!

May will also be my first official mother's day and on that same Sunday at church, we have baby dedication where my daughter will be dedicated to the Lord. Such sweet moments to come! I can't wait! (and you should SEE the dress I bought for her to wear! haha! No frilly, taffeta, pink & white or lacy number for her. Oh no. She'll be the trendy one in a tailored, plaid polo-style dress) =)

But no matter what month it is, no matter what treats are to come, what I love even more is knowing that God is completely in control and has each event, each day, each moment mapped out for us. Our lives are known by Him.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. (Psalm 139 1-4)

We can safely rest in the knowledge that God's got us. He has each of days wrapped securely in His hands and nothing can get to us without passing through Him first. He wants what is best for us, as He promised in the verses above. He KNOWS us. Nothing better than that, huh? =)

Bye bye, April. Hello, blessed May. Your presence is most welcome! =)


  1. You won't believe how wonderful it is to hold those first books in your hand! I ripped open the box when I got mine. I yanked one out (standing in the dark kitchen). Then I walked over to flip on the light. When I got a good look at it, I started to sob! :)

    A dream come true! Enjoy, Betsy!!


  2. My first book was accidentally mailed to a church. This was Barbour and when they started plugging my addy into the computer the church's addy came up. The church secretary actually tracked me down at work. See, it wasn't even the church I attended. A friend went and picked them up so I'd have them right away. Funny, I'd forgotten that.

  3. Congratulations, Betsy :-) What a great month for you.

  4. Yay, I'm ready for May and warmer temps. Can't wait for you to hold your other 'baby' in your hands.


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