It is my pleasure to welcome author Jennifer Dison Hallmark to my blog today. I’ve gotten to know Jennifer through our blogs, Facebook, and most recently working together on A Dozen Apologies. More about than later.
God’s Plan Vs. My Own
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
I longed for adventure, a writing voyage of sorts. So in January of 2006, the quest to wear the title, writer/author, began. Yes, it was time for my life-long hobby to magically transform into a career. So I stepped out and signed up for a local class offered in creative writing. You too can be published. I had a lot to learn.
Eight years later, I’ve witnessed my fourth short story published, and three of them paid me. I finished writing novel three in my YA trilogy and novel one in my contemporary women’s fiction. I’m seeing my first publication with the inspirational romance novella, A Dozen Apologies. The expedition has been wonderful, but slow.
As I plod along at what seems like a snail’s pace, I came across words I wrote at the beginning of this journey, words that have carried me through when times were hard and doors didn’t open. I share these in hopes that any new/unpublished writers will focus on the positive from the start and not falter along the path. By the way, this works for any new venture. Just reword it to fit.
(1) If I am never published, I can still improve my writing and learn from the study. I can share with the church newsletter and my friends and they can benefit.
(2) If no one wants my work, but God asked me to write, then I am obedient and He is glorified.
(3) God has given me a talent to write and I enjoy writing. There is so much to write about in the world and if God opens the door for me to write, He will equip me to meet deadlines.
(4) If I am successful, I can glorify God with my writing, give more in tithes and offering, and reach others with the written word.
(5) If God opens the door for me to be published, He will strengthen and equip me to write more things.
God has already done far above what I could ask or think. I thought published novel with a year or two. He thought new friends, rising above fear, travel, magazines, internet devotions, and a closer walk with Him. His plan is better, don’t you think?
Father God, thank you that You’ve planned my steps and continually point me to Your path. Help me follow as close to You as I can. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes.
Her website is Alabama-Inspired Fiction and she shares a writer’s reference blog, Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! with friends, Christina, John, Ginger, Dicky, and Betty. She and Christina Rich share an encouraging blog for readers called The Most Important Thing.
Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max.
Facebook author’s page https://www.facebook.com/authorjenniferhallmark
Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.
In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.
Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible.
Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.
One chapter at a time is being posted on the website of Write Integrity Press. It started yesterday. You can visit www.WriteIntegrity.com, catch up on the fun, and vote for your favorite hero. Then, on Valentine’s Day, you can find out which hero “gets the girl.”
I hope you’re as excited as we are about this collaborative adventure!