Book idea origins are only slightly less diverse than their authors. Dreams often provide the impetus for my fiction which is without a doubt my venue. However, I have one nonfiction project brewing whose title–as horrific as it is to my mother–says Messiness Is a Gift (and Other Unexpected Blessings from God)
Several years ago I had the privilege to hear Cynthia Heald speak at women’s conferences not once but twice. In the course of a few days she moved us to laughter and tears with bits of the life lessons from “Maybe God’s Right After All.” I think at a certain age, which I’ve most definitely reached, older women have something to teach younger (thinking Bible book Titus 2). I envision my “Messiness” Piece in this strain and as an appropriate submission to Women of Faith’s writing contest (see 2013 Finalists here.)
This morning as I soaked in a hotel bath, I reflected on the unexpected blessing of our flight’s 180 degree turn which is the subject of another entry. Cataloging the positive outcomes of a disruption while several others were cursing is a benefit, IMO, to mind, body and spirit. (Like Philippians 4:8 says “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome andgracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weighand take account of these things [fix your minds on them] Amplified Bible)
Thus a new blog series is birthed. Unexpected Blessings. Join the journey.
Kristin King is an author, publisher and President of Future Hope Africa.