What Is Success?

June 19th

A beautiful summer day! It lifts one’s spirits just to look outside at blue skies, and smell the freshness of the cool breeze. Yep. I love summer mornings!

It has occurred to me that I failed to post my thoughts last week! It was a week filled with rehearsals, speaking, performances, doctor appointments, and it zoomed by before I practically had a chance to catch my breath. That is not a complaint; in actuality I am gratified to have these events in my life, rejoicing in good health and anticipation.

I finally received the first shipment of “SIGNPOSTS”! And as some of you know, we are planning a book-signing on Sunday, the 24th. Which means that there is much to be done to get ready. And as I think about the days ahead, I want to share with you my heart with regard to this book project. There is obviously a lot of emotion attached to the marketing of a book. Some trepidation, concern about its reception in the marketplace, and of course, the ego! I’d like to quote author Holley Gerth from a post she shared that has bolstered me, encouraged me and brought peace as I’ve completed my part.

Hear from Holley: “How can I make sure this goes well? As I ponder, slowly I begin to see the true meaning: Success isn’t about outcome; it’s about obedience.” ( I actually have this quote on my refrigerator!) She goes on: “Who I’m turning this over to matters more than how it all turns out. God’s got this. He’s got me too, And whatever happens next, in His eyes it will be a success.”   I have to trust this truth. Because I feel I have been obedient in putting this book together.

So yesterday, waiting for the book delivery, I wrote in my journal: “Father, as this book goes out, may I be confident in You to work through it. And the verses from Isaiah 55:10-11 surfaced in my heart. ‘For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth and make it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall MY word be that goes forth from MY mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.’ This is Your promise, God. I am simply reminding You of it. ‘Signposts’ contains Your word from Your mouth, flowing through the ink of my pen. Please, please, may it accomplish that which You please, and not return to You void! Oh, that is my prayer.”

I am asking you, my friends, to pray that prayer with me in the days ahead. And I will be forever grateful.

As a commercial, the book is still available at the pre-order price of $12.00. Just let me know in a comment. Amazon has it in both bound copy, and a Kindle edition. I trust that as you pray, you will be blessed to be a part of this whole thing…as you already have been!

Love, Lois