God Clearly Wants Me To Write this Book!
As I wrote last week, I had only just started writing my new book with the working title of Rise and Soar, when I was approached to take on the post of Night Sister in a large Frail Care center. How I prayed for a miracle, that God would clearly show me what I should do.
After much prayer, I agreed to take on the work. Miraculously, my new boss assured me I could bring my laptop to work, and continue with my writing when my patients were asleep. She even supplied me with a small office away from the noise of the ward.
I needed the money, I loved nursing, and I enjoyed night duty. But . . . Rise and Soar was my priority. I knew God wanted me to write this book of devotions for people in the cancer valley.
If I could have both the nursing and the writing, that was great. If I couldn't have both, I would have to turn down the offer of work.
It looked as if I could have both.
I Needed a Number of Miracles
Some months before, I had started to pray that somehow the Lord would make it possible for me to attend another Christian Writers' Conference in the USA. I couldn't see any other way of making contact with an overseas publisher. Thanks to the world-wide economic crisis, any type of travel was out of the question on our budget. There was certainly no way I could make it half-way across the world.
- I prayed the Lord would show me which conference I was to attend.
- I prayed He would supply the means, not only for the conference itself, but also to cover the cost of getting there.
- In other words, I prayed for a series of miracles.
- Now I also needed the necessary leave to attend the conference when God opened the many doors.
- I knew He was going to get me to a conference.
- I just didn't know how.
- And I didn't know how my new employers would react if it was too soon.
Miracles #1 & 2
A few nights later, before I had even signed the contract for my new job, I received a totally unexpected email.
I was about to go to bed, when I checked my email one more time. There was an email from Cec Murphey in the States, offering to finance a trip to attend one of two conferences. The one was way too soon. The other was the Florida Christian Writers' Conference in Leesburg, Florida. This was indeed an answer to prayer beyond anything I had anticipated. Now I knew which conference the Lord wanted me to attend. AND the finances were in hand.
But the conference was in February. I would only have been working for five months. Surely I wouldn't be able to get leave so soon? More prayer.
The next morning, I phoned the matron of the frail care unit. She didn't hesitate. Certainly, I could have the leave. She even agreed that I could have a week off before and after, so that I would be able to get over my night-duty hours before the conference--and over the jet-lag after the conference.
Nearly four weeks leave - on full pay - after only five months of work. This has to be of the Lord!
With a sense of awe, I accepted Cec's offer, and I signed the contract with the Frail Care.
Both prayers were answered within a few days of each other! From that moment, I knew that the Florida conference was part of God's plan for Rise and Soar.
I expanded my prayers to include a request that the Lord would bring to the conference the representative of the publishing house He wanted to publish the book. Almost every day, I started to watch the conference website to see which publishers would be represented.
And I started night duty. Would I really be able to nurse and write? Would God continue to send miracles my way, that Rise and Soar would become a reality? There had been so many answers to prayer already, I felt confident that there would be more to come.
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