All I can say is, “WOW!” Such an incredible honour to be shortlisted in two categories in the 2019 Word Awards that celebrates Canadian Christian writing.
This year, the shortlists were announced by live stream thanks to Castle TV and I was watching it on my iPhone. I nearly dropped my phone when my name was called for my personal experience article “Canada’s Grief“. I was already doing a happy dance then, but when they announced “Journey Thoughts” was shortlisted for Best Blog of the Year, a new award in memory of David Mainse, (founder of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. and YES TV), I actually dropped my phone on the floor!
Before the live broadcast to announce the shortlists for the Word Awards, I had been listening to praise music, humming and enjoying some relaxing quiet time. If you read my blog post yesterday, you know that I’m in a waiting time. As I shared, it’s hard waiting. So, I immersed myself in praise music this morning and God spoke loudly again to me through one song, “Yes I Will”. (Vertical Worship)
“I count on one thing
The same God that never fails
Will not fail me now
You won’t fail me now
In the waiting
The same God who’s never late
Is working all things out
You’re working all things out”
“You won’t fail me now, in the waiting…” I have been singing that line over and over and over for a few days now. I don’t like to wait and I don’t like to be kept waiting. I am prone to worry, and the last few days have been a struggle for me physically but listening to praise music this morning I was able to praise Him in the waiting! He knows my anxious thoughts and gives me His Peace.
The focus immediately comes off of me to dwell where it should be, on the Lord Almighty!
“Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley
Yes I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh yes I will”
Today, God has blessed me. I am thankful for writing accolades, every writer likes that kind of recognition, but that is only a very, small part of journeying with God. It is in the everyday. It is in the times when I can’t write, when I don’t have the words or the strength to pen a line. When I am alone, with my disquieting thoughts and the enemy is taunting me with words that discourage, that I cry out to the Lord and He answers. He has never let me down! I feel His presence and know He IS with me in every situation!
“And I choose to praise
To glorify, glorify
The Name of all names
That nothing can stand against
And I choose to praise”
I am so thankful today. I am thankful for the writing honours. I am thankful for my life. I am thankful for a God Who encourages me in unimaginable and unexpected ways!
Now I get to wait for the Word Award Gala on June 14th! Can’t wait!! LOL!