"For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
I'm sure you've heard it said by friends or family: "I've hit a wall with the socially-distancing thing. I just can't take it anymore!" Or, maybe, you feel that way yourself. These are unprecedented times, to be sure. But, remember that God sees and cares. The way things are now are fully known to our heavenly Father. And He knows how we feel...and how we fret. The glories and reward that await us outweigh anything we're suffering now. God is with us, for us, and cheering us onward with eternity in view.
This being the first day of September, I brought out some of my autumn decorations (yes, already) and was surprised to feel the definite chill in the air today. Typically, I would be packing and preparing my presentations for my fall book tour. With Covid concerns, I'm happy to promote the upcoming September 8 release of The Stone Wall via social media and other safe ways, such as talking about the connection between my Amish Cheer Cards (amishcheer.com) and one of my Amish characters in this particular book. Feel free to take a look at the website to see the array of hand-crafted Amish-related cards (ten currently!). You and Sadie Flaud may just have something in common when it comes to spreading cheer!
Also, a big shout out to Christianbook for partnering with my publisher in offering a BOGO for your order of The Stone Wall in paperback, and receiving a free copy of The First Love. A really wonderful deal--I'm so pleased! Simply go to www.christianbook.com for this terrific offer!
For those who've asked about my 2021 novel, the title is The Beginning, and I'm nearly finished with the first draft. Thanks for your prayers, as always, and your keen interest in my work. Our decades-long friendship is a balm during these rough waters as we pray for each other and look for ways to encourage each other, as well.