Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would write a book and publish it! Even though I was an elementary teacher and teaching writing was part of the curriculum, it was my hardest and toughest subject for me. I’d rather spend all day teaching science and health. Preferably – if I had MY way – I’d integrate the curriculum to the theme of “Space!”

So, you can imagine the thoughts rolling through my mind when I realized this was what I was supposed to do with my life – not having the faintest clue on how to start the process much less complete it and get it published. I mean, I know how to write an essay, a research paper, and a fictional piece, but to write a book? A whole book?!

Over the next two years, I spent hours praying for God’s guidance, words, and His strength to tell Chris and my story. Then I was finally ready to submit it to my editor. Feeling confident that all of my hard work has paid off and the book is well-written, I thought I was getting closer to my finish line. But I came to a screeching halt when she returned the first several chapters covered in RED. After perusing over a few pages, I quickly despised the color! I begged my editor to stop working on my book and we talked for a long time about my writing skills. I realized that I needed A LOT of work. Really God? Are you sure you have the right person for this?

So it was back to the drawing board for me, re-working the many issues in my writing, digging deeper to bring Chris and me out in the story, and praying for God to help me. After a couple of months, I rewrote the first three chapters and turned them in to my editor. You can imagine the anticipation I felt. I spent the next week biting my nails – and I don’t ever bite my nails. Finally after what seemed like a month, she called me.
“Much better, Stephanie. Light-years better! Keep going with it.” Thank you, God!

Ten months later and after many, many revisions, my editor walked toward me with a big smile on her face, slowly sank in the chair next to me, carefully placed my book on the table, and was quiet for a long time. Knowing she had finished the last set of the chapters – the conclusion of the book – I held my breath.
“This is a really good story, Stephanie!” Oh my God… thank you! It was the highest compliment I had ever received from my editor.

I am in awe on how everything came together. From the chapter titles to the quotes and scriptures to the cycling analogies, I kept staring at the pages on my computer screen, scratching my forehead and wondering, “How did I write that?” Shaking my head with such bewilderment, I smile, knowing it was God who led the way for me and I rode on, following Him.

As I am approaching my finish line – getting this book published – I’m beginning to understand that “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me!”
– Philippians 4:13

Whatever it is you’re going through right now, you can walk, run, or ride on with Jesus who will give you the strength to persevere – have faith that He will, believe in your hope you can endure it, and love Him and those close to you through it.

Ride On!

One Response to “Me – a writer? A published author? Seriously?!”

  • Karen says:

    I am sitting here remembering your trip to Houston. Reading this second part of Angels is such an inspiration. Scott has had a very hard week this week for him. Your blogs have come at a good time for me to keep strong for him. Faith in our Lord at these times as small as they may be we have to keep believing and “RIDING ON”. My thoughs are that things could be worse and others are dealing with bigger problems than what myself or my family may be going through. We have to be thankful for what we do have in our lives and be greatful for that.

    Thanks for your words this week. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday. I will call

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