I first met Julie when she came to speak at our church last April for Spring Rally and was so blessed and encouraged by her testimony. I, too, come from an alcoholic family. What a joy it was to get to share a weekend getting to know one another a little better and get to discuss what God is doing in our lives and ministries. It became clear to both of us that God has made us sisters who share quite a lot in common.
I spoke to Julie after the Friday evening session at the retreat and told her I had been praying for her in preparation for the weekend. I didn’t realize until sometime on Saturday that she did not realize that I was the Kathy who had the book table in the lobby of the chapel. She had been wanting to meet the author who was present but didn’t realize it was me! This new connection broadened our discussion to include what tools we are both using to expand our platform, the process of writing and self-publishing a book, how to expand your speaking ministry, just to name a few.
I am appreciative that Julie has invited me to be a guest on her blog today. When God called me to write a book several years ago, I knew what He was calling me to write about, but I had no real knowledge of the whole process. Once the first book was written, I began to investigate publishing options. I had absolutely no idea what came after that. Even after these first few years, I find there is so much more to learn about being an author and speaker.
I published Psalms for Life: A Devotional of Encouragement for the Weary in June of 2015 because I wanted to encourage others by sharing the story of how God used the Psalms to teach me to know Him the way David knew Him. It was during my journey with the Psalms that God taught me how to live free of depression and learn to seek Him with my whole heart.
I published my second book, Becoming New: A Devotional Guide for Letting God Transform Your Life through His Word, the following year. These are devotionals based on key Scriptures throughout the Word of God that have transformed my life. God promises that when we come to Him, He makes all things new, but we may not realize our own part in that process. This book encourages the reader to cooperate with God in the process of becoming new as one applies the truth of Scripture to daily life though the power and enablement of the Spirit of God.
I am currently working on my third book, which will be more of an instruction manual to help the reader understand and apply the principles of living a transformed life. As we continue to seek God, He wants to mold and shape us and help us to experience all that He has for us, but if we do not know how to cooperate with Him, change may never take place. God does not just take over our lives and make changes without our full cooperation. Every day we get to decide how much—or how little—we are going to let God be a part of our lives.
When we read in His Word, He wants us to learn to walk by faith and trust Him in every promise and to obey every command so that we can know His greatest blessing and the deepest relationship with Him that is possible. This process of change doesn’t happen in one instant or accidentally, but requires our full awareness and cooperation. There is no greater joy than to allow God to have His way in your life and to see what amazing things He will do!
I am in awe of His ways every day. When Kathy’s and my paths crossed, I knew it was God. However, we never know Heaven’s whole picture. It is my privilege to introduce my sister, a child of the Most High:
Now, if you would like to win one of Kathy’s books, she is giving all of you one week to enter. Go to her blog https://kathyfoor.wordpress.com/ and follow by email. At the end of the week, she will pick two winners. Kathy is graciously giving away one copy of Psalms for Life and one copy of Becoming New.
You can connect with Kathy in these places too:
Have a beautiful Monday~