1 Corinthians Conclusion: Rejoicing in the Lord!bloggratitude-1201944_960_720

“And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it;

or one member be honoured,

all the members rejoice with it.”

1 Corinthians 12:26

On this last post from my 1 Corinthians study, you are invited to rejoice with me, because my heavenly Father has honored me with a great opportunity. I didn’t feel free to share it fully until the reality began to be real. This week has been that time.

A couple of weeks ago I checked my email not expecting the thing I hoped for. It was too soon. But there is was. Only opening it would reveal whether my hope would be fulfilled. Before taking that step, I prayed to praise the Lord no matter the answer I received.

A verse I had on my answering machine comes to mind as I write this.

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4. Following the verse, I finished the message with, “even when you get this answering machine instead of Tom or Donna.” Now, was my time to live up to the same challenge and trust God with what waited.

I opened it and received the following invitation.

“Dear Donna,

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. is pleased to offer you a contract for The Nazarene’s Price.”

I was honored to accept this offer as it was my first choice for a publisher for my first novel. I had to smile with joyful tears filling my eyes when I saw the Publisher & Editor in Chief, Deb Haggerty sign it with, “Counting it all joy.”

It’s easy for us to look around this world and get caught up in all that’s wrong, all the hurt, and sickness and get discouraged. We may wonder, what is there to rejoice in? My rejoicing may seem a small thing, but for me, God has honored my desire. My story, set in the New Testament age, is on the road to publication. I hope when it reaches the destination, God uses it to encourage others to believe—

“Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,

and that believing

ye might have life through his name.”

John 20:31b

That’s when full rejoicing begins, and the angels in heaven rejoice with us. Two things I will ask of you:

  1. Rejoice with me and
  2. pray for God to use this for His glory.

For You: What reason do you have to rejoice in the Lord this week? Won’t you share with us in the comments so we can rejoice with you? If you find yourself sorrowing—share that with us, and we will pray for you to be comforted, and a time of rejoicing fill your heart.

If you would like to visit my author page on the Elk Lake Publishing site you can find it by going to Visit the Author Page and scroll down to Donna K. Stearns. Click on my name and you should find me. Thank you, and have a blessed weekend rejoicing in the Lord.

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