Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year!
I’m writing this blog entry at midnight on January 1, 2010. We were invited to a friend’s home this evening for food, fellowship and games. We had a great time and ended the evening by praying together.
It snowed in Pittsburgh today, and snow is predicted for in the morning. The Pittsburgh tradition for New Years’ is to cook pork and sauerkraut. However, we grew up in the mid-west and we’ll do ham and beans. I guess the reason for this tradition is to use the left-over ham and the bone from Christmas for the soup. I’ll make cornbread to go along with the soup. We’ll watch the Rose Parade and have fond memories about when we lived in Pasadena and went to the parade in real life. Jim was in Bible College and sold film on the street to make a little extra money. I was expecting our first son.
2009 has been a good year in our lives. We are so blessed to be a part of the church where Jim is on staff. That’s the other hat I wear, a pastor’s wife. Along with other things we minister to the senior citizens in the church, making hospital calls, nursing home and home visits. I love being a part of that ministry with my husband.
It’s been a good year for Hartline Literary Agency. Our agents have been busy and have sold close to 130 books. Tamela, Terry & Diana are such a blessing to me. We even have a lot of fun working together!
We are blessed by the editors and publishers that we work with. Through the years I’ve heard criticism about Christian publishers. However, I have great respect for the CBA industry as a whole. None of us are perfect and we all make wrong judgments and mistakes at times.
Galatians 6:9 & 10 says “and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are in the household of faith.” NJKV.
I pray that all of you precious authors out there do not become discouraged when your book isn’t published as soon as you’d like. Keep writing and keep knocking on those doors. I have heard of some well-known authors that have told audiences they have books at home in their drawers that never got published, but they didn’t give up, they wrote another book. Also, there have been instances when one book was a great success and the next one wasn’t. In writing and publishing as in everything in life it’s all about trusting God. It’s not always easy to accept what happens as God’s Will in our lives. However, in the end, He will make it turn out “for our good.”
My words for this coming year are TRUST GOD and keep a right ATTITUDE. Attitude is so important in whatever you are doing. You might have some disappointments in 2010, but you will also have some successes. God does not fail us. Some of the e-mails we get sent to us on the internet are kind of scary, but we have to TRUST GOD. And some of the news programs we listen to and watch on television can be alarming as well. I have to remind myself that God is in control and we are His children. Maybe 2010 will be year of His returning.
I pray God’s blessing on you and yours in this New Year.