What am I thankful for today? Of all the blessings that cross my mind, the one that stands out is: I am thankful that God has given me the desires of my heart. He plants the desire of His plan in my heart and helps me achieve it.
The path of my life’s journey is full of examples of His grace and favor that could not have happened without Him. From a beautiful wife and blessed marriage through success in a secular career followed by a ministry career that brought me closer to Him and to His people.
Nine years ago He planted in me the desire to write and something I had dabbled in became a passion. A passion to write stories that honor Him, to learn the craft, to be the best I could possibly be. He honored that by bringing instructors and mentors to encourage and challenge, to not let me settle for mediocre or “good enough,” to strive for excellence, and to do it with integrity.
And the desire was fulfilled.
And then, in 2009, the desire to write full time was birthed. In the natural, I did not see how it could happen any time soon. But it was there and along with it were the lessons I’ve learned from Him: one day, one step at a time; obedience to complete what is in front of me; to trust Him for the long term; to be faithful in the little things.
One year later, He opened the door. He released me to move into full time writing and He has blessed this latest journey with creativity, with strong friends and mentors, with opportunities to teach and to help others just as I was helped.
Thank You, Father.