One evening after a day of participating in the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, which consists of focus on purpose, inspiration, encouragement, learning, growing, and becoming, several us sat in the beautiful lobby of Mountain Laurel hotel on the campus of Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.
Cindy Sproles told a story that had us all gasping with amazement of how God showed up in such a strange, fascinating, almost unbelievable way. Someone else, and another, then others began to remember and share their stories. Some were sweet, some humorous, others serious, but all were about knowing his presence with us. I thought of the praise song, “Our God is an Awesome God,” in which the words are repeated over and over. I’ve often wanted to say, “Go further. Don’t just repeat the words. Tell me in what ways you are amazed by God.”
That’s what we were doing that evening. We were joyful, talking loudly, laughing, loving, just sharing those special times which became a time of praise. Others joined us to hear these stories and share their own. The realization was that we all have awesome and amazing stories to share but we don’t always take time or don’t have the opportunity to share them.
Exhausted by joy, we finally needed to disburse so we wouldn’t be cranky and negative the next day from lack of sleep. A few of us lingered, feeling so blessed at knowing we are worthy because Jesus made us so when he died for our sins. We are loved because the Bible tells us nothing can separate us from the love of God.
We wanted to keep sharing…and that’s how this book came into being. It is a book praise, of Divine Moments. These stories have come from all over the United States, England, and Canada, shared by people of all ages, backgrounds, occupations, and educational levels. What a joy to think of Divine Moments happening all over the world every day. Since there is so much negativity around us, we find it a privilege to share about God’s presence in the world and in our lives.
These stories have been generously donated. The writers knew they would receive no monetary compensation but they have experienced what we all do, a sense of peace and joy when we give without expecting anything in return. Well…we do expect something because we know God blesses, and in unexpected, wonderful ways. We’re already blessed. We’re thrilled that all royalties from the sale of this book will go to a worthy organization, Samaritan’s Purse.
We know there are many more Divine Moments out there. Think about yours and if you’d like to share for a Divine Christmas Moments collection, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.