Glorious Spring and Great News!

tulipsThere’s something GLORIOUS about spring. This week, I took a walk and drank in the sights. I saw new grass peeking up through the earth and robins building their nests. The tulips were blooming in the garden, and the huge snowdrift that’s been occupying a corner of my yard is almost gone. Looking around at the beauty of spring, I felt so wonderful that I just had to sing—not well, mind you, but LOUDLY and JOYFULLY.

grass and snowAs I walked, I began thinking about the seasons and how they represent certain times in our lives. I’ve talked about how my illness and quarantine were like a long winter, and I’ve talked about how spring always comes. When I think back on quarantine, I can remember the long, weary, painful days. Seven years is a long time, and there were days when I thought I’d never be free—but I’ve learned through experience that even the longest winters come to an end. I think there’s such security in knowing that winter’s snows ALWAYS give way to spring’s lovely floral hues.

tree blossomFriends, as I write this, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. You see, my personal spring keeps on unfolding. You all know that during quarantine I wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. The first book in the series, Time Tsunami, was released on January 15, 2016. Having Time Tsunami published by Prism Book Group was such a blessing, but today, I can report that the blessings haven’t stopped there. Are you ready for some wonderful “springtime” news???

My editor has given me the official release date of my second book! Time Trap is being published on June 17, 2016! And if that isn’t enough, I’ve just received a contract from Prism Book Group for the third book in my series, Time Search.

robinWhen I was ill and in quarantine, I thought my winter would never end, but God brought me through that difficult season and ushered me into a glorious spring. I don’t understand many things, but there’s one thing I know: God will absolutely make EVERYTHING turn out for our good. In Joel 2:25, God promises to restore the years the locust have eaten. I hung onto that promise during quarantine, and it has proven to be true. If I hadn’t been ill, I never would’ve written my books. God has a good plan for each of our lives, and when we trust Him, even the things that seem horrible, puzzling, and hard will become blessings in the end. That’s the promise of spring. That’s what I think about every time I see a blade of green grass or a robin building a nest.

Friends, if you’re in the middle of winter in your life, please don’t despair. Please don’t give up. I know that you may be weary, and hurt, and extremely tired of the storm you’re facing—but your storm WILL end. Spring WILL come. Everything is going to be okay. And when your spring finally comes, it will be GLORIOUS!!!

meadow“‘There is yet hope!’ [says the Lord.] ‘I promise right now, I will repay you two mercies for each of your woes!’” Zechariah 9:12b

For surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. There is hope for you yet!” Proverbs 23:18

 

For more information about my books, you can follow this link:  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/my-books/

 

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29 thoughts on “Glorious Spring and Great News!

  1. “‘There is yet hope!’ [says the Lord.] ‘I promise right now, I will repay you two mercies for each of your woes!’” Zechariah 9:12b What a wonderful promise by God for each and everyone of us.
    And I am standing on this Word to be fulfilled for my fears and exhaustion to be over so that I can be set free. “For surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. There is hope for you yet!” Proverbs 23:18

    Thank you Danele for this beautiful post. God bless you with many blessings.

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    1. Dear Margaret, Zechariah 9:12 and Proverbs 23:18 are two of my absolute favorite verses. I clung to them tightly during quarantine. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this post! I will be standing with you in prayer, my friend. Spring is coming!! ❤

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  2. Danele, Thank you so much for those encouraging words. I needed that reminder today. I pray that the Lord will continue His blessings in ways seen as well as unseen in your life. I look forward to hearing more updates and I REALLY want to read that first book of yours it looks intriguing!

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    1. Dear Petra, thank you so much for your lovely words and for speaking a blessing over my life. I really appreciate it! Your encouragement and prayers mean so much to me! And I’m glad that you think Time Tsunami looks intriguing. 🙂 That makes me happy. I hope you have a lovely day, Petra. Thanks so much for commenting! ❤

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  3. Here in the Midwest, spring needs a reminder that it lasts longer than two weeks. It made an appearance last month and seems to think it’s job here is over, and it let winter back in. So…thanks for the reminder! And YIPPEE about your book release! Looking forward to it!!!!!

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    1. Oh, Anita! You always make me smile! Thanks for the fun comment. It’s nice and sunny in Colorado today. The sun is sparkling on the snow capped Rockies and there is a bird singing outside my window. After a while, I’m going to take a walk–or rake the yard. The storm we had a few weeks ago broke quite a few tree branches. I’m so glad that you are looking forward to Time Trap’s release date!!! 🙂 I hope you really enjoy the story. In this book, there are all kinds of clues and cryptograms that you can solve right along with the characters. I had such a great time thinking them up. It made me feel very crafty!!! LOL! 🙂 Have a great day, my friend. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  4. What a refreshing aroma of joy and grace spilling out of your post to us this morning, Danele. And you know I especially enjoy the pictures. Just yesterday during our study of Ruth in Precept Bible Study, Kay Arthur reminded us, as you have this morning, light always follows darkness. God set that order from the beginning. Perhaps if we remind ourselves over and over again of that truth, we would all cling to that hope in the depth of personal darkness.

    And with your permission, this is another one of your posts I’d like to copy and give to my GriefShare folks.

    Can’t wait for Time Trap! ❤

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    1. Dear Diane, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I love the thought that light always follows darkness. Knowing that fact is so reassuring! And I feel honored that you would like to share my article with your GriefShare group. You not only have my permission, you have my love. I hope this post speaks to someone’s heart and helps ease their pain. You are such a blessing, DiAne. Thank you for the way that you unselfishly give of yourself to so many people. You’re such an amazing person! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I’m glad you can’t wait for Time Trap. 🙂 That makes me happy! 🙂

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  5. I’m so happy for you! AND happy that you are my friend. You always know how to lift my spirits. It’s cloudy outside and looks like it’s going to rain. But as I read this, a shaft of sunlight shot through the clouds and into my window, bathing me in God’s everlasting warmth. See! Isn’t He awesome?! Love ya, ladybug!

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    1. Dear Chickadee, I’m so glad that we’re friends!! I’m also glad that you enjoyed this post and that it lifted your spirits. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful, terrific, fabulous, outstanding, spectacular day!! 🙂 Love you too!!! 🙂 And, yes, God is absolutely awesome!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  6. Wow, this really spoke to my heart this morning! I’ve been in a winter season with my life for so long that I fear I have become too content being here! I need to open my eyes and start moving toward spring. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    1. Dear Patti, I will be praying with you that your spring begins to unfold. Waiting for a breakthrough can be incredibly difficult–believe me, I know–but each day that passes is bringing you closer to something wonderful. I’m so glad that this article spoke to your heart. ❤ Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers! ❤ And thank you for keeping me in your prayers too. There's something so powerful about joining together in prayer. ❤ I hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for commenting!

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    1. Whoohooooo!!!! I’m so glad that you are enjoying Time Tsunami, Gail!!! I’m also glad that you are looking forward to more books in the Time Counselor Chronicles!! Yep. You just made my day!!! 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment! It made me smile! ❤

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  7. Joyce - Heartwings

    What a spirit-lifting post, dear Danele! I am so thrilled about the books and how everything is falling into place in your life and that your happiness is boundless as you see His hand in all of this.

    I have to wonder if you would have written those books had He not deliberately confined you. We will never know this side of heaven, but I am so blessed by having you as a friend in my life and a sister in Christ throughout eternity. You always bring a message of hope and joy to my heart. j

    PS – Gail P – is that really you? So nice to “see” you in print. j

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    1. Dear Joyce, I’m incredibly blessed by you too!! I’m so glad that we are friends. Your love and encouragement have meant the world to me! I’ve thought about your comment, and I don’t think that I would’ve written my books if I hadn’t been confined in quarantine. My life was so busy before I became ill. Every second was crammed full of activity. And if I had written books, they would’ve been very different than the ones I’ve created. I’m a different person than I was before I became ill. My illness taught me so much, and it helped me grow closer to God. I hope that I’m able to infuse some of the things I’ve learned into my stories. I hope I can be a blessing to people who are hurting.

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  8. Here in Mechanicville VA, we have gone from warm temperatures to gusty winds and freezing temperatures, just in a week. Rain today and 55 degrees right now. Yet, through all the changes in weather, God’s love remains steadfast. Thank you for sharing your heart. Congratulations on the next book. 🙂

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    1. Hello!!! It’s amazing how the weather changes so fast, isn’t it? Just a few weeks ago, we had a blizzard in Colorado, and now it’s sunny and warm. You’re so right, God’s love remains steadfast through every season. He is faithful in the sunshine and also in the rain. Thank you so much for congratulating me on my next book!!! I’ll admit that I’m awfully excited! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

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    1. Dear Gail, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this article and the pictures. I find most of my photos on Pixabay. They offer free photos for blogs. I thought the tulip picture was especially pretty. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day today! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 🙂

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  9. Amen! Danele, what a lovely post. Spring is always that sign of life and joy and beauty. Would we even notice how spectacular it was if we hadn’t been in a dreary long cloud of existence? But just like your books, there is the time for the preparation and now the blossoms come out and Wow! they are stunning! I am coming out of a long cloud of my own (sometimes there is more than one). It is truly time for SPRING! Celebrating with you!

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  10. Coleen

    Your testimony sounds almost identical to mine. Next month is my 8 year anniversary of being sick with a rare disease. It’s been so very hard in every area of my life, but….still here. I’m thankful for each day more than ever. I am an Ordained Minister and I think the thing that’s bothered me the most is my passion for Kingdom work has only grown stronger, yet some weeks I don’t leave the house. Anyway, I know through all this I’m closer to HIM, wiser and much more compassionate. HE has been molding me for HIS Glory for sure. I am so glad I found you. I see you are in our FB Prayer Warriors site. You have inspired and encouraged me so much. May HE continue to Bless you in all your endeavors for HIM.

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    1. Dear Coleen, I’m so sorry that you are going through such hardship. Please know that I will be praying for you, and please pray for me too. Praying together is such a wonderful thing. Thank you for your support, and thank you for speaking such a lovely blessing over me. I really appreciate it. I hope you have a good day full of good health. I’m glad we’ve found each other too.

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