Friday, December 11, 2015

When God is Mum

My third book in the Burton's Farm series is out in the ebook version. The print version may not be our for a few days. It should still be available in time for Christmas which was my goal. Yay. Love meeting deadlines, even self-imposed ones. So far, no reviews on this brand new release. What a thrill for one of you to write my first review!

In the past, I was able to quickly get my book in the hands of horse lovers. I belong to many horse groups on Facebook, and many of my friends have developed from those groups. I have always alerted my groups that my new book is out.

Last night, Facebook put me in Facebook detention. For two weeks, I can't share anything with groups. I guess someone in one of the groups complained. I, in turn, complained to Facebook, but they didn't answer.

Several of my Facebook friends hurried to my defense. Here is what one guy said when he shared my book link with his Facebook friends:
For some reason FB is punishing this lady for telling about her book she wrote about a horse. She is a courageous christian and artist who spends her time working with mothers to talk them out of abortions, then helps them find resources to care for the child they chose not to abort. All her books are great testimonies about the power and love of God in people's lives.
This warmed my heart, as the major avenue for me to get my book news out has now been denied me. Many friends shared the book link, and while it won't reach the tens of thousands I was able to reach by sharing with my FB groups, it is a gesture of kindness that soothes my soul.

I feel confident that God wants me to write. He enabled me, gave me the skills and time necessary, and the passion and message that I strongly believe is His message. So why pull the rug out from under me now?

Perhaps He wanted to work a miracle completely without my help. If this book sells at all, we know it is not from anything I did. Perhaps it is to humble me. I can always use some humbling. Perhaps it is because there is a terrible error in the book that I missed, and might destroy my career. Whatever it is, God is mum. 

Has He closed a door or has He asked me to try something as yet I haven't tried? Is it to make me work harder to push the door open, or is it to turn me away from this path altogether?

I am never quite sure how one discerns which it is. Either way about it, it is discouraging. Whichever one it is, try harder or turn away, I must trust God that He is Good, and His plan is best. He may be silent at the moment, but He is never inactive. I must trust Him in the silence. Maybe that is the answer.

But you don't have to be silent! Feel free to share my book link far and wide!

Isaiah 43:1-28 

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. ...

1 comment:

  1. Hi Vicky! On June 8th of this year, 2015, my children, a few other parents, their children, a Grandfather named Philip Benham, some ladies with Ted Cruz campaign, including Tracy Bengston & LaDonna Ryggs & i had the pleasure of hearing Pastor Rafael Cruz speak to us @ the Billy Graham Library. He spoke mainly to the children, though he thoroughly inspired this now 40-yr.-old mom. Two things that he said stood out the most & i have made an effort to retain & employ the advice he gave which was to memorize scripture & to spend time listening to God. He said that he used to walk tbrough malls every morning, praying for 1 hour. But now, he walks through malls praying for a half hour & spends the second half hour listening.
    Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
    James 1:19 Wherefore, my brethren, be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to wrath.~Shalom, Susan, Sat. C4L