Over eight years ago, my pastor asked the entire church to do something NEW for 40 days. Several years before that, God had placed a story on my heart. He wanted me to write a book, but the only problem was that I have never written a book. I had written articles, poems, short stories, research papers, etc., but I have never dedicated the time and energy to write a full length novel!
Even thinking about the enormity of the process made me dizzy!
I knew the Holy Spirit was leading me to write my novel every day for 40 days. I made my declaration to the Lord and in 40 days I wrote half my book. It would only take a few months after that to finish it. Finally, I had pressed through my comfort zone, insecurity and ignorance and did something NEW!
Little did I know that writing my book was just the beginning.
God would take me through the wilderness of His purpose to prepare me for the weight of His promise. Seven years after I wrote my novel, I signed my book contract. Almost eight years after I wrote it, I share this testimony with you. I offer the promise of my debut novel, Eve of Awakening, as a first-fruit offering to the Lord. This story is His, and I am glad I trusted Him with something NEW!
Now it is your turn!
I encourage all of our beautiful Internet Cafe Devotions Readers to do something NEW for the Lord in 2014. You probably already know what it is, but you can allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate it brightly for you. Don’t ask for strength to do it because you’ll never find it. Ask for the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to be your strength (Ephesians 1.19-20).
God will do it through you!
In honor of this year of something NEW, I would like to bless a few of our readers with a chance to win some of what God has done in my life. I’m giving away one GRAND PRIZE of four books that I have written and contributed to–God Makes Lemonade, Simple Prayers of Hope, Simple Prayers of Faith, and my debut novel, Eve of Awakening. And I’ll be giving away two RUNNERS-UP of my fiction novel, Eve of Awakening!
All you have to do is leave a comment on Internet Cafe’s New Year Giveaway Post with your email address and your declaration of something NEW for 2014!
Commit to doing something new for 40 days and watch how God forms new streams in the desert areas of your life. This New Year is stamped with God’s creative movement. When we let go of what’s comfortable and good enough, we will gain access to the cutting edge of God’s Kingdom agenda and His best!
So what NEW will you be doing this New Year?
“See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43.19 NIV).
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