It’s been a little over two months since I released The Season for Getting Serious. These two months have been two of the hardest months I’ve had in a long while. I should have expected them to be, since The Season for Getting Serious is all about growing in Christ through changing seasons. I said the same situations the devil will use to destroy you, God wants to use to grow you and bring you closer to Him. I said it’s up to us to choose whose plan we will follow and who will win in these situations. I went through every challenging part of the Christian journey I could in the span of 225 pages and gave encouragement and scripture to cling to in the hopes women wouldn’t wait for a better time to grow, but would grow right where they find themselves. I’ve signed every copy of this book with the tagline “May God grow you right where you are” with a big smiley face. Yet still I never imagined I would have to cling to these words so tightly myself, and so soon after sharing them with the world.
Less than a week after I sold my first copies of The Season for Getting Serious, I was fired from my job. I’d worked at the company for eight years, nearly the entire time since I graduated from college. I’d worked my way up from a temp scanning documents 40 hours a week to the assistant to the Vice President of the Claims/Legal department. I learned to do a lot of things I never thought I would do. Several people sowed into me in both a professional sense and a personal one. One of the first people to buy Altered before the Altar was my boss, and half our department came to my book launch party. The first fiction story I finished was because a coworker read every word I wrote each morning as my accountability partner. I bugged other coworkers for information about babies while I participated in the Blurb to Book competition, where I was eventually given my first revision letter. Several coworkers kept up with what I was writing and asked how things were going. Then after a few major shifts in my alignment, and that environment was gone.
In the last two months, I’ve had to make some big decisions and roll with major changes. It’s been a difficult task to find a new normal. I am trying to use this time to focus on what God is doing and follow His lead. My goal for the year has been to seek God, but I found myself doing it more than ever these last couple months. I’ve also found myself pushing this pursuit aside more than ever the past few months. I’ve found the limits of my own drive and motivation, and I’ve found the place where surrender happens. I’m bruised and broken but my life has been spared.
God has been an awesome provider for me during this time. Many people didn’t know I was out of work. I’ve been more successful selling my books than I have ever been before. I sold out of books for the first time ever. I’ve had a lot of interest in my book coaching and publishing services and some inquiries for speaking engagements. I had the opportunity to do something I never thought I’d do, shoot a wedding. I got my online shop of the ground. I have been able to make great headway on my next book, and I have a few other project ideas waiting in the wings. I’m seeking and pursuing a position I want to take on instead of something I have to accept because I have bills to pay for maybe the first time ever. It’s a whole new world for me.
It’s been hard, but so good at the same time. For any woman struggling with finding the good in her season, I know how you feel. But God is faithful, sister.He never leaves us or forsakes us. Not only is He faithful, He is just. He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness if we will confess them. He makes all things new. Jesus came to set the captive free and proclaim freedom. We don’t have to be stuck in anything or ruled by any situation. Chin up, buttercup. The Lord is with you.
If you are in need of some encouragement with the tough stuff, may I humbly suggest The Season for Getting Serious? This little book is packed with some big truths about who God is and what He wants for us. God has a goal for you to grow through the tough stuff in your life, and you owe it to yourself to reach the goal, sister. I believe The Season for Getting Serious can shed a little light on your path. It has on mine.