There’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.
As 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.
Friends, 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.
When 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!!!
“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/