First Breath of Morning - Part of the Back Story

My journey to a book contract was a bumpy winding road. It included one editor with a publisher dropping the ball (her exact words) at the point where she was preparing to pitch my manuscript to the editorial and marketing people but then was offered a new job with a new publisher and it all fell through. I didn’t have an agent at the time to make sure my book kept moving through the process. I do have an agent now.

That was just one of the many detours and yet I know God navigates His plan for our lives through the setbacks and detours, and surprises we don’t anticipate. God’s ways are designed to teach us to trust Him through it all.

I ended up finally going to the conference that had been recommended to me by a LifeWay editor and there I made the connections that resulted in a contract for my devotional book, First Breath of Morning. 

I almost didn’t go because I was discouraged and considering giving up. I had looked at the website and saw the date for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, North Carolina and then I pushed it to the back of my mind telling myself I didn’t want to travel that far from Dallas to a conference and spend that money for a book nobody wanted.

Then a funny thing happened last spring. My husband received an invitation to his 40th high school reunion from the Christian school he attended in Maryland, except, it wasn’t being held in Maryland. The lady that organized it lived in Greenville, South Carolina and she wanted to have it in Greenville.

Well, if you look at a map and calculate the distance from Asheville to Greenville, you will clearly see that it is only 63.7 miles. The date of the conference: May 22 to May 25. The date of the reunion: May 27-28.

My husband sat across the room with the reunion invitation in his hand asking me again, what was the date of the conference and location and when I answered he said, “Kathy, I think God wants you to go to that conference and I think He is making sure you do!”

Yes, God did that! He orchestrated events in His perfect timing and perfect way and I will never forget what He did for me and for this book. 

First Breath of Morning - Where God Waits For You Every Day - A 90 Day Devotional, will be available October 1st. For book description click on my Book Info Page.

A Breath of Fresh Air

It has been a long hot summer in Dallas and also a busy one as I’ve worked hard to finish all the pre-publication work and line everything up to market and promote my book coming out in October. It would be quite easy to keep working and never take a break because my to-do list is long. 

Something has to give. There is this whisper in my heart telling me what I need. A deep cleansing breath of fresh air! 

Why does a deliberate and deep cleansing breath of fresh air feel so good? 

So relaxing and invigorating at the same time
So peaceful and energizing all at once 

I know exactly how good it feels because after a long morning of working without a break, I decided what I needed was to step outside and breathe some fresh air.

I took some water out to the birdbath. Snipped a few spent blooms off the petunias, zinnias and marigolds and other flowers around my yard. I listened to the chirping of sparrows high up in the top of the big oak tree waiting for me to leave so they could drink the fresh cool water in their birdbath before the hot summer sun warmed up their water supply. 

Just a moment to gaze at blue skies overhead
Just a moment to watch a white billowing cloud 

Just a few minutes to enjoy the simple pleasures around me and those few minutes made all the difference. My attitude was much improved when I returned to the keyboard on my laptop. I worked with much more zeal than before I treated myself to a few refreshing moments outside.

Yes, my heart knew exactly what it needed. Oh the satisfying breathing in of beauty all around me. Fresh air is a balm for my soul. That is why it feels so good! This deep, cleansing breath of fresh air was God’s goodness to me today and I am thankful.

Psalm 107:8-9 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. 

Do you need a breath of fresh air today?

Light Fall On Me

Can you see it? I caught the morning sunlight falling on this crepe myrtle tree, lighting up one corner while the others remain dark and shadowy. Do you see the difference the light makes?

Oh Father in Heaven,
Please may that difference be seen in me as Your light shines in me. May the glory of Your light fall and shine through me today. Amen.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.