One of my new authors asked if she could write a blog for my web site. I am overjoyed to have her do just that. Her book “A Virtuous Woman” has recently been published and she already has a second book submitted. Be looking for that one in May, called “When Life Hurts.” Shelly writes to woman, but men, I believe her words can be applied to you in this post. It is about having each others back. Men, replace sister with brother and see if this doesn’t ring true.
I Got You’re back Jack
It is perfectly beautiful in Moyers, Oklahoma this afternoon. The first sunshine in days. I’m enjoying some screened in porch time as I ponder the weeks events. And God keeps bringing up how much He loves His girls and how much He wants us to love each other. Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one, if one falls down there is someone to pick him up,” and sometimes we sure need a sister around to reach down and and do just that.
Specifically the Holy Spirit spoke these words to my heart. STOP. HURTING. EACH OTHER.
In the sisterhood of Christ we should be standing back to back helping each other fight our battles. We should be instruments of healing not pain. Havens of hope for the hurting.
Lord, help us to have more of a heart of Jesus and help us to stop hurting each other. True sister’s rejoice in each others victories and weep in each others sorrow. True sister’s fervently pray and forgive freely. True sister’s see the best and forget the rest.
And for the record, I have found true sister’s, also recognize the importance of chocolate on the journey.
Oh God, may the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, oh Lord, My Rock, and my Redeemer. May I be a blessing to my sister’s. Amen
Shelly Stevenson, A Virtuous Woman
Welcome to the Hear my Heart blog!
Since we are growing as a company, I want to share the heart behind Hear my Heart, and a bit about my own publishing journey. I think it is important to understand the motivations and goals behind the company, as well as a bit about me as a writer and publisher.
The company was birthed out of adversity and my response to it. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, God laid it very heavy on my heart to write a book about the journey. Truth be told, I have never considered myself a writer; I am an accountant. I like numbers, not words.
My discomfort at the idea of writing my journey made me resistant to the idea, so I fought God. I was dealing with cancer and I did not want to deal with anything else at the same time.
Well, God kept after me. Around that time, I attended a conference about soul-winning and had the honor of meeting author Catherine Zoller. She invited me to hear her speak at The Wings conference in Chelsea Oklahoma after emphasizing the importance of public speaking for a writer. After hearing Catherine and another speaker share their hearts, something sparked in my heart and I decided to be obedience. It was time to write. I told God that I didn’t have the right words, but He made it clear to me that if I would focus on writing my heart, the words would come.
That’s precisely what happened. At times, I would be driving and would have to pull over and stop so I could write something down. It was making it hard to get anywhere on time, so I started carrying a little micro-recorder to capture my heart as God gave me the words to communicate it.
I still made excuses occasionally, but when I did God would remind me: write your heart. I heard it over and over. It was His response to every excuse I came up with.
God said, “Write your heart,” so that’s what I did. Take my Hand: Hope and Help for the Journey was born out of that command.
When I approached the publishing process, I chose to publish through Westbow Press. While it was a wonderful experience, it was very expensive. I learned a lot throughout the process and decided to publish my second book myself. After creating and publishing my first book, I realized that I had a voice that should be heard. This sparked the desire to help others find their own voice for God’s glory.
Thus, Hear my Heart Publishing LLC was born. The journey has just begun and there is so much more to tell, but I shall save that for another day.
I’m glad to have you on this journey with me.