Well, today is the day I’ve been waiting for for all my life as a writer. This is the day my first book published by a major house (DARKROOM, Howard Books/Simon & Schuster) was released.
There’s been a lot of excitement over the release on facebook and twitter, with numerous positive reviews from bloggers, review sites, and even major news outlets.
It’s been hard to keep up with everything, but I wanted to make sure I lived this day according to my faith. So I started with waking up early to go to a 6AM prayer meeting at my church in which many businesspeople gathered to encourage and pray for one another. I love praying for people because during those times, many scriptures stored up in my heart come to life, and seem to apply to their circumstances. When that happens, something wonderful occurs. It starts with a change in their countenance, knowing not only that someone is praying for and with them, but that God is with them, and speaking to them through His word (the Bible) and through His people. (For those who are not of any particular faith, please bear with me as I talk shop a bit, thanks!) In praying for others, I find myself edified as well. One can hardly help from experiencing this because: 1) When you pray for others, you take the focus off of your own life and concerns and 2) when you pray for others in faith, you become a conduit for the almighty. Some of it’s going to get into your system too.
Anyway, afterwards I came home, helped get the kids ready for and sent them off to school. I was tempted to go straight to my computer and check on everything. But then, I decided that I would dedicate this day to The One who made this all possible, from 4 years ago till now. I got into the Bible (as I usually do) and then knelt down in prayer giving thanks for the wonders He’s done in my life and the life of my family, during this 7 year exodus to what we believe will be our “promised land.”
And before I even turned on my computer, I remembered that one should “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase.” So I went to my church’s website and paid my tithe (before it slipped my memory.)
Now, I was ready to go online and see what was happening. The outpouring of well wishes from my friends on facebook, emails from people from my team at Howard Books, and other friends touched me deeply. I am sitting alone with Kangadog right now, but I feel anything but alone.
So, I wanted to say THANK YOU to all my friends, fans, and colleagues. Thanks f0r sharing this special day with me and making it enjoyable. I can’t wait to see you all at the Online Launch Party tonight!