Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Ten Years Ago

I've been looking over my blogs, and thought it might be fun to see what I was doing ten years ago. As it turned out, I was holding a copy of my first novel. I even had a cake for the "grand opening." Wow. Time has flown, so this must have been fun.
When I held a copy of my first novel, I figured I'd been given a blessing greater than I deserved--first a career as a doctor, and then a published novelist. Now I look at the shelf above my computer and see 22 books--20 novels and novellas and two editions of the book that started it all, my non-fiction book The Tender Scar, written after the death of my first wife.

Cynthia's death was the worst thing that ever happened to me, yet God used it to give me a second career that's lasted for more than a decade. I guess it's true. His plans are better than mine--always.

Have you ever come out of something you considered terrible, only to find that God has blessed you through it? I'd like to hear.


Priscilla Bettis said...

I went through some yukky circumstances and ended up meeting my dear husband in the midst of everything.:-)

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, isn't it amazing how things like that happen? Good in the midst of bad.

Patricia Bradley said...

Twenty-three years ago this month my husband passed away and I thought my world had ended. I was a caregiver for him and his mother, and that defined my purpose in life. But God always has something else for us to do. And he gives more than we can imagine or think. I always felt the book I worked on for over five years would be published, but God had more than one book in mind.

Ten years ago, I was just grasping the concepts of what went in a book even though I'd been writing for 20 plus years. But I wrote in a vacuum, making the same mistakes over and over. God opened the door for me to learn the craft from some really good teachers.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, your journey is similar to mine, although perhaps different in some ways. The common denominator, in addition to the death of a loved one to start the whole process, is the people whom God sent to teach us.