Originally published Tuesday, 01 April 2014.
I am excited to release Dream Devotional, my fifth book, on Easter!
My story of hope. (No, this is not an April Fool's joke)! There are many reasons why I choose not to share about writing this book until it was releasing. I loathe the fact that a traditionally published book can take up to two years to release, and instead of letting you know what I am doing every step of the way -- only to have lost your attention by the time the book is released, I wanted to keep it a surprise!
I needed to write Dream Devotional for me first. When I wrote that my dream died back in November, I received many encouraging notes and emails. It was on my heart to write a short devotional on hope, and when my dear friend Arlene Pellicane suggested I do just that -- without me ever saying anything to her -- I knew I had to write it.
As I began writing Dream Devotional, God restored my hope in Him, then He confirmed I was to continue writing to inspire others. It was very encouraging to hear that Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me started selling well again as I was writing! It was definitely a miracle.
That's why I kept Dream Devotional a secret. I needed to know that God could be my hope before I shared it with you.
I wanted to go back to my roots of what I originally thought of becoming the Devotional Diva®. I wanted to thank you — my family, friends, and fans — for sticking with me for the past 5 years. If it weren’t for your encouragement, I definitely wouldn’t have made it.
Now it's my turn to help you achieve your dreams! Like Joshua, I believe with all my heart and soul "that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave [me] has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed" (Joshua 23:14, NIV). I have seen God answer all my prayers. Can you say the same? Why or why not?
To celebrate the launch of Dream Devotional: 40 Days of Hope, I created a special Pinterest page with 40 images plus the cover here.
Feel free to share as many pictures as you like on social media to help me spread the word about my newest book, and let's start a dream revolution! Speaking of a revolution. Last month I attended Dream Culture, a conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA with my best friend Monique. She is a missionary to Haiti and I only get to see her when she is on furlough.
I knew it was a God thing that she told me about this conference immediately following the news that I was releasing a book on dreams. It was an incredible experience to reconnect with my best friend, get away, and get wrecked by God and the kindness of strangers.
If you missed reading about when dreams come true, you can read and watch my story here. I can't wait for you to get wrecked by God because He is the only one who has the power to resurrect dead dreams and bring them back to life.
I hope you'll join me this Easter on the 40 day journey of hope and dreams.
I hope you dream.