Fifteen minutes flew by. But that’s all the time I had to sit with a potential publisher and “pitch” my book, to share the dreams and thoughts and words of a lifetime with someone I’d just met.
It was terrifying. And humbling. First appointment. I was encouraged to pursue self-publishing. She said, “Lots of really good books are self-published.” My mind, though, heard, “Lots of girls don’t get asked to the prom.”
Hmmm…problems with rejection in the past?
Good thing I bought Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely!
Second appointment. He said, “It’s not long enough.” Well, I can write more. Just ask my family. There’s no shortage of words waiting to spill out of my mouth or onto the keyboard.
Honestly, I went with minimal expectations for these appointments, but high expectations for the conference. I was not disappointed. She Speaks 2016 was an amazing time of refreshment, inspiration and learning.
God was there and it was beautiful.
As a bonus, I met some amazing women, each one with a unique story to tell. Each with a lifetime of dreams and thoughts and words. Some left having handed over book proposals and one sheets to potential publishers. Others left taking home those precious book proposals and one sheets – the culmination of hours of preparation, tears, anxiety, stress and prayer.
What I want to say to all of you, to all of us, is that YOUR STORY MATTERS.
Your story of abuse, heartache, infertility, pain, rejection or grief. It matters.
Your story of joy, parenting, makeovers, victories or healing. It matters.
Your story of diving deep into Scripture and sharing what you’ve learned. It matters.
Your story of walking with others through struggles and disappointment. It matters.
Your story matters to our Creator who whispers that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. (Psalm 139:14). Your story matters to our Rock and Redeemer, the One we so desire to please with our words. (Psalm 19:14) Your story matters to Jesus, who calls us and empowers us so that our words might bring Him glory (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).
So keep writing. Keep speaking. Your story matters. YOU matter.
You are loved.
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