I had no idea I’d be assigned this date to blog in October until our fearless admin Elizabeth Maddrey made the schedule, but I’m happy (and amused) that it was for today. Why? Because this day has been a loooong time coming. It was this time last year that Jan Thompson asked if I would be interested in joining a multi-author project, which we now know as the Save the Date anthology. What we didn’t know then—and couldn’t possibly have imagined—was how much our group of authors would go through before release day.
There have been numerous health issues for several of our 12 authors, including injuries and surgeries. The most heartbreaking and challenging part of this journey, however, has been the loss of two of our precious members—Marion Ueckermann and Shoshanna Gabriel.
Over the course of a year, we have been in touch with each other on a daily basis via a Facebook group. During this time, we have shared our needs, lifted one another up in prayer, encouraged each other, and mourned together. We have also put our faith in God and trusted that He knew everything that would happen, including the need to postpone our release date by a month, which actually turned out to be the perfect timing in retrospect.
Why am I amused that I was scheduled to blog today? Because in all honesty, I am weary. It’s not only the physical tiredness that inevitably sets in toward the end of a big project like this. It’s also an emotional weariness and a wish to push aside the grief of these last few months and pretend that it hasn’t taken a toll on me. I was so ready for today to arrive, so I could leave this project in the past, but it looks like I can’t quite do that yet. In His sovereignty, God allowed for me to be scheduled to post on this day, and for that I am grateful.
I am grateful because I now have the chance to share with you how good He has been to us. We were able to get all of our promotions changed to the new dates we needed, even though these ads are often booked months in advance—and we didn’t need to pay extra. We have also felt such an immense amount of support from authors and readers—including so many of you!—in the Christian romance community who have prayed for us and waited patiently for this day to come.
It hasn’t been easy. But through it all, one thing has been clear. God took the many lemons that life handed us and made them into the sweetest lemonade.
On that note, I hope you will celebrate with us as we launch Save the Date into the world.
Giveaway: I’d like to give away a $5 Amazon gift card. Please comment and let me know of a time when God turned your “lemons” into “lemonade”. One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Friday, October 15th.