A little win to share with you today…

In marketing a book, they encourage you to apply for awards. My book series, ‘Be Held By Him – Finding God When Life Knocks You Off Your Feet,’ had a couple of awards, but I internally questioned whether it was real.

God knew this about my heart.

I questioned whether or not I was a good writer, or whether my writing was touching hearts at all.

I was in a low place.

I questioned whether the good things that happened were a dream, or had actually happened.

It had been a looooong time between drinks of encouragement – and my well was down to drops.

Have you ever felt like that?

Well, I have.

I had Indie published because my book didn’t fit the box of mainstream publishing. Agents and publishers didn’t know

how to categorize it, where to put it on the shelf, because there was nothing like it out there – they said.

I was doing something new, and it didn’t fit, and it felt, neither did I! (have you ever felt like that?)

As I ate my eggs for breaky one morning, the small whisper of an idea came in,

“Google legitimate awards.”

So I did.

The Eric Hoffer Book Award came up….and that same whisper said, “Apply.”

Laughingly, I did apply….not expecting anything, because it has big names and bigger titles. And mine was a Christian book, and this was mainstream and HUGE.

Well…a couple of months ago, I heard that my offering was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal.

This made my heart fly. It came when I felt discouraged and was questioning whether I give the whole writing thing up!

God is never late in His encouragement and in His provision. He knows our hearts and knows exactly what will make a difference

at that time.

Today, I got a second email.

My book is a finalist for both the Montaigne Medal, and the actual Eric Hoffer Award!!!! When He gives, He gives abundantly and

proves that His word will go out regardless.

All this to say, sometimes we feel less.

Sometimes we feel like our words have no impact or worth. But, when we listen to those gentle whispers, amazing things can happen!!!

All glory to God for this one, cause He knows just how this all came about.

I hope this encourages someone out there.

Much love. Karen.