Monday, April 27, 2020

All For Jesus

It's not always easy to keep my focus where it belongs - on Jesus. It's especially difficult to do when I have a new book releasing. There is so much pressure to get it "out there" and I always suffer with nerves, worrying about whether people will like the book ... or not. It's hard not to be watchful about sales and concerned with the kind of reviews that come in. You would think I'd be over that by now. I've been writing and publishing books for a quarter of a century.

A book release should be a celebration, not a time to worry about whether I got it right or I didn't. There's no time for that now. And I shouldn't be asking myself - Will the book fail? And if so does that mean I'm a failure?

Those kinds of thoughts are about me and what I need. That's not where my attention belongs. I need to be all about Jesus.

I should be rejoicing in what God has done. When I thought there would be no more novels written by me, He carried me through another book! That's amazing! I couldn't have done it on my own. 

It is God who helped me find my story. It may not be the story for everyone, but no tale is. I thank God for giving it to me. And I thank Him for what He will do with it.

All I need be concerned with is, did I do what God asked of me? Did I work hard? Did I do my best?

When I can answer YES worries fade away. I'm free to rejoice in the beauty of being an instrument of God and playing just the right notes for just the right people.

We are all God's instruments. And as humans we have many frailties and insecurities. Whether we are asking if we've failed our children in some way or we don't measure up to expectations as a teacher, a musician, a doctor, a craftsman ... or any number of other talents or occupations we must remember that we can only do our best and trust God with the results. We'll never reach perfection. Only Christ is perfect. And all we do is for Him.

It's All For Him.

Grace and peace to you from God,



  1. Thank you for the reminder, Bonnie! Congratulations on your new release, and God bless you as you continue to joyfully serve Him! =)

    1. Thank you, Nicole. I'm presently diving into the research for a new book, which follows Emmalin and Jacob's story. I can't wait to see what happenns.

  2. You are a lovely instrument of God. You have played a key part in some of us renewing our faith, finding our faith or sharing our faith. Thank you for all you have done over the years and I pray you are able to continue God's work for as long as you want to. Thank you Bonnie for being simply, being you.

    1. Hey you. Thank you. I stumble along, doing my best. I know God has His hand upon me and will keep me steady. And when I fall he lifts me up. I'm trying to be okay with just being me. I could use a bit of prayer on that one.

      God bless you, friend.

  3. Wow, you have another book. You are really a trooper for getting them out so quickly. Your new release will be fine, I am certain of that, Miss Bonnie. You are a child of our Lord and a great person to represent Him and that is why no need to worry. Be safe!

    1. Hi Barb. It's so nice to hear from you here on my blog. I'm not sure what I would do if I weren't writing. I'll keep on as long as I can. Hearing from people like you is a great encouragement.

      Peace to you.