"I thank my God for all the memories I have of you. Every time I pray for all of you, I do it with joy. I can do this because of the partnership we’ve had with you in the Good News from the first day you believed until now. I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus. You have a special place in my heart..."
Philippians 1: 3-7 (God's Word)
When I think back to my recent Spring Book Tour 2013, there is a sweet sense of joy in my heart...for all of you who came to have a book signed, receive a hug and a smile (and, in some cases, a picture). I pray you were encouraged in your spiritual walk by our time together. I know I was touched greatly by the many comments you shared, how my stories make a difference in your life and in the lives of those you love. And, you know what? Just that alone is a huge inspiration to me...when deadlines loom.
I want to share some of the remarks that were made privately--the woman who sat by her husband's hospital bed and found strength and comfot in my stories; the man who said he "saw Jesus on the pages of my books," and the teenager who found courage to "survive her parents' separation" from reading my books. To God be the glory! This is my earnest prayer.
Now, as I turn my thoughts to Mother's Day, I realize that so many of these dear women are with the Lord--and, oh, how we miss them ! Others are still living but struggle daily with ongoing pain and health issues, and, sadly there are absentee moms, seemingly disinterested in our lives. For each mother, I pray God's tender blessing, His loving care...and I pray that hearts might be healed during this time, families grow near, extending mercy and forgiveness, perhaps even where bitterness reigns.
A heart-felt Mother's Day movie is coming to the Hallmark Channel, in case you hadn't heard. Beverly Lewis' The Confession will air on Saturday, May 11, at 9/8 Central time!! This same movie will release in DVD on June 2, if you don't have cable.
I'm delighted with this inspiring and compelling story, and I know you'll want to share it with your family and friends, just as we plan to do. Mark your calendar and set your DVR, dear friend.
Blessings and love,