Thursday, August 12, 2021

An Exciting Announcement!

" Delight thyself also in the LORD, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

Psalm 37:4

Hello, everyone!

It feels rather strange to be writing a blog post, as it has been such a long time! I do apologize for my silence over the past few months, and I hope once you read this post, you will understand and pardon my absence. 😊

I come to you tonight with news that humbles me, brings me to tears, and compels me to fall on my knees in gratitude and worship to the dear Lord, as once again, He has made a long-term dream come true. I could never praise Him enough.

When I began this blog nearly ten years ago on October 1, 2011, my real dream was not to blog, but to write a book called Homespun Devotions. Over these years, the Lord has inspired me to write 800+ blog posts, and several months ago, He began to deal with my heart and lead me to pull most of those posts off the blog and start sorting through them to compile them into a series of books. 

After many months of sorting, sifting, praying hard, editing, and seeking God's face every step of the way, I am beyond excited to tell you that Homespun Devotions: Volume One is now published and ready to purchase! 


I am so excited for you to read this new book, and oh, how I hope it will be a bright spot and bring encouragement to your hearts during these troubled, dark times! 

As with our last book, Biblical Minimalism, our dear son, Zach did the cover design for us. The photo was taken by Racheal Cooper Photography, and the formatting was done by Kalen Bruce. I would like to pause right here and explain how God worked a miracle in bringing Kalen into our lives.

I was online one day looking up something to do with Biblical Minimalism, and I came across an article in which Kalen mentioned our other blog. I contacted him through his blog, and over the past several months, we have become friends. A few months ago, he and his wife and family happened to come through our area as they were traveling, and God blessed us to be able to meet and spend some time together. During our meal, I mentioned our new upcoming book to Kalen and told him what a difficult time I have with the technical parts of the formatting to upload to Amazon. Immediately, Kalen offered to do that part for me! To say I was relieved and so blessed by his offer is such an understatement. I could hardly believe it! That was the part I was dreading most and it was actually holding me back from wanting to finish the book. I just had such a hard time when it came to that point with Biblical Minimalism, even having to leave some slight errors unfixed, and I was surely not looking forward to going through that again. God knew, and He sent our dear friend Kalen along. If you have not checked out his blog, I hope you can go visit him. It is chock full of wisdom and amazing information. He also has a YouTube channel that you will definitely want to check out.

Many of you have already committed to promoting our new book, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I have emailed all who are planning to help us get the word out, and we will be mailing your signed copy to you as soon as we receive them in the mail. Again, we are so grateful to you!

If anyone else who is reading this would like to join our marketing/promotion team, we would be so thrilled to have you come on board! If you are interested, please email us at homespundevotions@gmail.com to let us know, and we will mail you a signed copy of the book. All we ask in return is that you do the following for us:

1. Leave a review for us on Amazon. This is so important to the success of a new book. We would so appreciate anyone who would be willing to do this for us.

2. If you are a blogger - in addition to leaving a review for us on Amazon, do a blog post review, sharing about the book. Also, if you would like to do a giveaway on your blog, we will be happy to mail your winner a copy of the book!

3. If you are not a blogger - in addition to leaving a review for us on Amazon, share a link to our book on your social media.

That's it!

I am now hard at work completing Homespun Devotions: Volume Two! I'm not sure how many volumes there will end up being, but I will do my best to remain faithful to God's call to this project until He says it is enough. 

May God bless each and every one of you for all your support, encouragement, and kindness to us over these many years! Please keep us in your prayers as we press forward to follow Jesus. My greatest desire is to be faithful to Him. 

20 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you Cheryl. God was not going to waste your talent and wants us who enjoy your blogs in book form. Our mission has ask some of us Member Care reps to write devotions from our years of experience as over seas missionaries. I jump right on that and use several of my blog post as a foundation for them. It feel good to be use of the Lord to encourage others. Blessings sister.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Betty! It was so wonderful to hear from you. I miss you and have fallen so far behind in my blog reading and commenting. This project has just consumed me. Your life story is so inspiring, and I am so thankful God opens up those doors for you to share your wisdom with others. You have surely been such a blessing to me on my journey. Sending love and blessings back to you and I trust you and your husband are doing well.

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  2. Exciting indeed!! I am so proud of you and your steadfast devotion to follow the Lord’s call on your life.

    I loved reading all the ways the Lord has provided for you toward the writing of this book.

    I LOVE the cover Zach designed!

    What a blessing this devotional will be to all who read as you have blessed all of us all these years on your precious blog.

    Sending you blessings and strength in the Lord as you continue in this labor of love.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Karen! I send blessings back to you today and trust the Lord will richly bless you, my friend.

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  3. So, so thrilled for you, Cheryl, and looking forward to reading and reviewing your latest!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Martha! I am so grateful to you for reading and reviewing our new book and will get it in the mail to you just as soon as they arrive. God bless you richly!

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  4. I just love how God brings the people we need at just the right time, Cheryl! So excited at the birth of yet another book!

    I featured it on today's post ...

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    1. Me, too, Linda! Isn't His timing and orchestration so perfect? He always knows what and who we need just when we need them/it the most! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for featuring our new book! That was so incredibly kind of you and so very appreciated. I will get your copy in the mail to you just as soon as we receive the shipment. Go bless you abundantly!

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  5. You know how excited I am for you. Praying for this endeavor. Can't wait to read it. You inspire me, friend. Sending hugs to you this day. Keep writing!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mary, for your kind words, support, encouragement, and friendship. And most of all your precious prayers! I can't wait to get your book in the mail to you and will do so as soon as I get them. Sending many hugs and much love back to you today!

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  6. Praise God from Whom all mercies flow sis.. His ways are always wise and true, praise fir the new venture for you, may God richly bless.
    Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of God. Heb 12;2
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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    1. YES, Shaz! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! He is so faithful and so good and brings us through so much. All glory to Jesus! I hope you are well and appreciate your kind words. That is one of my favorite verses, too.

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  7. I am very excited for you dear Cheryl. AIN'T GOD JUST GOOD? I cannot wait to read your book and I am giving praise that God brought Kalen into your life. BEAUTIFUL cover and what an awesome job Zach. Looking forward to many more books written by you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes, He surely is so very good, my friend! I can't thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement, and I am so looking forward to you doing the review on your blog. Will get your book to you just as soon as possible! Thank you so much for your kind words to Zach. I completely agree! I am sending many hugs and blessings and much love back to you today!

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  8. It was wonderful to read about how Kalen came into your lives and the right timing, Cheryl. His help and Zach’s beautiful cover and your words of wisdom will make for a awesome book to enjoy. God has worked miracles in your life. Blessings and hugs are sent to you.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Kitty! I so appreciate your kind words. Yes, He surely has worked miracles in our lives - no one could ever tell me the days of miracles are over and past. We have seen His wonders right in front of our eyes time after time. Many blessings and hugs being sent back to you today, sweet friend.

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  9. Oh dear Cheryl, this news is just soo exciting! I have been praying for the Lord's help and direction for your book, and I'm so thrilled that it is now a wonderful reality! I read the beginning of the book that was available for preview on Amazon, and I was so blessed just by reading those pages, that I can't WAIT to get the book in my hands and finish reading it! I know the Lord's undertaking has been with you throughout the pages of writing this book, including your meeting with Kalen, what a blessing! May the Lord greatly bless this book and all the hearts who read it! Sending many blessings and hugs your way :)

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    1. You have surely been such a supporter and encourager all along the way, sweet friend. I am most grateful to you and trust the Lord will richly bless you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. I am so thankful you enjoyed the first few pages, and we will be getting your book in the mail to you soon. We got one shipment in and are waiting on the 2nd one, so it shouldn't be too long. Sending much love and gratitude to you!

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  10. I am so excited for you Cheryl. God was not going to waste your talent

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    1. Thank you, Azka! You have no idea how much I needed to read those words this morning.

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