What Happens When You Stop Arguing with God (part 3)

I had all my plans firmly in place. Then God gave me a big “hold up.” Commit, He said.

Sure, God. I commit. I’ll write my Amish books, then Chase’s story, then work on this new series. Oh, and that other secular series I just submitted to a different publisher.

Commit.

That’s not what You want? Okay. I’ll write my Amish books, Chase’s book, then turn all of my contemporary romances to inspirational romances so my current reader can enjoy them. That’s a good idea, right?

Commit.

You mean…Chase’s story?

I mean, commit.

It was a holy smack in the back of the head. Just like good ol’ dad.

Commit.

It has taken me a while to come to terms. To see the light, as it is. To stop arguing with God and listen for a change.

Commit.

It’s going to take me a lot of work, but I am willing to commit. I am willing.

So today starts the beginning of a new era for me. And a lot of backtracking. Today, along with working on the second Pontotoc Amish romance, I have promised to commit, to begin changing all my titles from contemporary secular to contemporary inspirational. I’m working toward something a little different. I’m calling it ‘light inspirational.’ No language, no sex, no drinking (or at the very least no glorified drinking). My entire line up will be books dedicated to a wholesome story, God, and/or a fun read, and any combination of the three. The books will be about millionaires, love potions, blue collar heroes, and more. But the message will be the same: Love is good! God is better!

I have to stop here and say (before she rebels) that Stacey has been trying to get me to write more inspirational for years. Yes, years. And, yes, Stace, you told me so. The balance of my friends have encouraged me to write for the inspirational market, but finding the courage to do so? That took a holy hand to the back of the head.

Thanks, God. I’m listening. I’m not arguing. I commit.

Leave a comment to be entered into today’s drawing for a copy of Amish Brides. This is your last chance to enter for this post. Thanks for staying with me for the three days. Have you ever ignored advice only to later go back and follow it? Maybe after the way you thought was best didn’t work? Those I-told-you-so friends can be a pain, but they are the best! 

Be watching for the re-release of Ten Reasons Not to Date a Cop. It’ll be the first title I flip. After that I have a schedule which I will post at a later date. The secular copies of these books will be available until I start to work on each one. So if you prefer the original version be sure to snag your copy today. Some covers will change, others will not. Sorry if this is confusing, but if a book has been changed from secular to ‘light inspirational,’ I’ll note this in the information about it on the various retail websites. 

And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Winners of the three part blog will be announced Saturday morning, June 17, 2017. Last chance to comment is midnight June 16, 2017, CDT. Any comments made after that will not be included.
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37 thoughts on “What Happens When You Stop Arguing with God (part 3)

  1. Amy God is so good! He will never let you down.When we get down it is because we pulled away not God. I know i love your books and I can only see it keep growing with more followers. You are a awesome writer. Have a Blessed day.
    Blessings
    Diana
    Philippians 4:13

  2. Amy when we let God into our lives we start to listen and look at life through our eyes and heart a different way keep writing the wonderful books you write ,I love to read about the Amish

  3. I quit arguing with God when I finaly realized I was never going to win and that I had to put my faith in him 100%.
    Enjoy reading your books very much!

  4. I am so excited for you new series. as you know I really enjoy your books and you as a friend Thanks for these postings. I wish you all the best as you continue your writing journey! Pat

  5. I love reading your books and I am looking forward to any new books you write. I believe God is good and that he doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. Thank you for keeping us informed on your writing path.

  6. So excited to hear about your new works in progress! Super excited about the new Amish series that is set in Mississippi, close to where my family lives. Where God guides, he provides, and I can’t wait to see the great work he brings about through your books!

    1. That’s awesome, Tiffany! I grew up in Mississippi too! About a hour or so from Pontotoc. It was really fun to research them, but they are so different. Definitely a challenge!

  7. In my much younger years, I thought that I knew everything much of the time. I ignored my parents advice only to realize later that they were right much /most of the time. Lesson learned 😉 We all need the guidance of God and others to make our way through life.

  8. I’m glad he smacked you in the head. What a great bunch of books for me to enjoy! Can’t wait! Love this!

  9. I know when we commit ourselves to God he will bless us beyond overflowing our cups for sure. Not necessarily material blessings but blessings and treasures of peace, joy and happiness in Him.

  10. I’m excited for you. God is awesome. Your books will continue to be a favorite of mine. I can’t wait to read your new books. No need to enter my name in the book giveaway. I already have a copy. I just wanted to comment and tell you how blessed I am to read your books.

  11. You are gonna do great! When God tells you to ‘commit’ and you follow Him, it will all work out! You’ve got us cheering for you!

  12. Happy with your decision and commitment! I have been enjoying your “green apple” books about the Amish! Just to share some favorite verses – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

  13. Isn’t it great how better things are when we listen to God, it may not always be easy, but some of the best things aren’t always easy. So happy for you.

  14. God is our ultimate Father. I lost my earthly father 36 yrs ago. God has been my father, no better one for me. God always knows what’s best for us and guides us when we get off the path he has designed for us. His discipline hurts sometimes but is done out of love.

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