“How do you feel as it is getting close?”

As I wake up this morning, realizing  the book launch/signing  is two weeks from today, my mind starts to spin. A sweet friend asked me recently, “how do you feel  as it is getting close to the  book launch?”

That  made me dig in and really think about it. I know with each week that goes by, it is getting closer to the actual date.  I know I still have many things to do to get ready.

I know I need to be organized and list those things and then check them off.


In the busyness of getting things ready,  I have not really taken the time to just sit and think about how I am feeling.

The process has been such a big part of my life these last few years.  The thinking, the dreaming, the planning, the meetings, the rewrites and many specific prayers were all a part of each day.

I really don`t know  exactly how I feel as  I think about this project being done. It is hard to put into words.

It has been an emotional  journey from the beginning.   The writing, creating the art and putting them together with stories have each played into the process. When it was finally all edited and I heard it had been sent to the printer, it was as if a small weight had been lifted.  A feeling of excitement flooded over me.

The call came a few mornings later, that the proof book was ready for pick up.!!

I remember as I drove to the printer that day to pick up the very first copy of my book and realizing that I would actually be holding it. very soon.  At that moment, the emotions came  from nowhere as I was alone with my thoughts in the car.   I felt elated at the reality of actually seeing the book.  A few tears were shed as I  wanted so bad to share this moment with Mother and I couldn`t.  I felt nervous  and a bit anxious  about being vulnerable as I was about to put my  words out there to be seen by others.

I also felt  hopeful that people would  be inspired through the words that He gave me as they would read it.

Today, as I  am seeing  these September days being marked off until September 23, I feel blessed that He can use me in a small way, to share His story, not mine. His story of how He brought all  the pieces together and the message they would tell.

I went to our Women`s conference this weekend and heard  DawnChere Wilkerson speak from 2 Corinthians.  It  really spoke to me and reiterated those words  about His story, to me.

“Our very lives are letters that everyone can read, simply by looking at us. Circumstances don`t dictate the context of the letter in your heart, the Holy Spirit does.   If we do it alone, our letters will be lost but if we let the Holy Spirit write it, it lasts forever. as His story.   The letter of your life will become a message when joined with others.  May it always be the name, Jesus, who gets credit for our  letters.   May our letters not be lost  but  be LOVE letters  sent from Heaven  for others to read.

2 Corinthians 3:2   “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.”

Circumstances have not changed from when my friend asked me that question but my heart has had some time to be still , to think and  to listen . I am  honored to be sharing this part of my letter through my book, “Expressions”. My jumbled words, my sketches… He can take all of my  junk and use it to create more than I could ever imagine.

14 days and counting!!!


  1. Love the “clarity of purpose” in the midst of all that’s swirling around you these last 2 week’s!💜

    1. Thank you Jo Anne. You know just what I need in those prayers!!!
      Thanks for your encouragement always!! Love you!!

  2. Much anticipation for this beautiful work from your heart and the inspiration of our Lord! Your wonderful Mother would be so proud of you. Your heavenly Father says “well done”, I am sure.

    Love and Blessings,

    1. Thank you so much Shannon!! Wish she were here to see…. I appreciate your sweet words of encouragement and love always!!!
      Love you,

  3. We are all very excited for you. We know, that thru your book, many will be encouraged and blessed.
    God bless.

    1. Thank you sweet Judy!!! you always encourage me with your sweet words. Have a great week!!

  4. Congratulations on your new book Jane! I can’t wait to get my own copy!

    1. Peggy, thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to hear the encouragement.
      Have a great new week!!

  5. You are one of the best Disciplines for Jesus I know! Thank you for sharing your talents!
    Your mother would be so proud of you and I know your sweet family are too.
    Love, Shirley

    1. Oh my goodness Shirley, could you be a little partial, being the surrogate Mother from Texas?!!! I so appreciate your sweet words. Somehow it makes me feel like she is a physical part of it with you reading it and knowing her for so long. Love you!!

  6. You are definitely a talented lady but more important, you are a true example of a Christian lady! I am so proud of you and so proud to call you my friend! Love you! Vicki

    1. thank you Vicki! I appreciate all of you sweet words and support all these years!!! Love you!!

  7. You will do fine–you are so talented and your art and words are a delight….

    1. Thank you so much Pam! sweet words for you to say!!
      Have a great rest of your week!!

  8. I am very proud of you!

    1. Thank you little brother!!!
      Love you!

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