Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shocking Firsts!!

Oops... sorry.  I realized that even though I mentioned being at Chapters bookstore, here in Windsor, on August 23rd, I never really told you about what happened there, that day.

I had a couple of firsts happen!

What I mean is this... even though I had been at Chapters for book-signing events for my book, Love Never Fails You... in the past, I had something happen that had never happened, before.

In fact, not just one (1) first, but two (2)!

My scheduled time to begin the book-signing event at Chapters, was 4:00 p.m.  Business was slow that Thursday afternoon.  After all, people were shopping at the mall, but usually for back-to-school items for themselves and/or for family.

As I sat and stood there, I prayed that God would bless me, in some way, even if it wasn't with tremendous book sales.

He did!

One woman who looked familiar to me, approached my table.  She introduced herself and reminded me that she had purchased a copy of Love Never Fails You... from me, on a previous occasion.

This person began telling me that she truly enjoyed reading Love Never Fails You...  In addition, she told me how much the final few chapters were of great help to her. 

Silently, I praised God for this!  Aloud, I thanked her.

Then, she began telling me of some of her life's trials and issues.  We had some discussion.  Then we prayed, together.  Yes, right there in the middle of the store!

By the time this sister-in-the-Lord left, I felt blessed in a way that I never dreamed would happen, there in the store.  Thank You, Lord!

A little while later, when there seemed to be another lull in store traffic (some people enter through the store, to gain entrance to and/or to leave the mall), another strange and unusual thing happened.

This time, I was absolutely floored!

As a young man walked by with friends, he glanced at my books.  I offered him a bookmark.  He was happy to take it.

Then, he remarked how he had already read my book.  Someone he knew had a copy and was telling others they needed to read it.

Apparently, this fellow had read Love Never Fails You...

This wasn't the shocker, though!  The real shocker came when he asked if he could have my autograph.

Aloud, I even said, in a questioning tone, " autograph?!"  He replied, "Yes!"

He handed me back his bookmark advertising Love Never Fails You... and my Christian websites, on the reverse side.  He told me his name, so I could address to him the remark I would write, before writing my signature.


Even now, I cannot help but laugh, whenever I think of this.  Not because it is showing that I am becoming well known in the community, for I am not.

And, not because having this happen was ego-inflating.

But rather, because this young man had a good Christian heart, to read a book such as Love Never Fails You... in the first place.  And, because he appreciated the value it offers, he wanted to encourage me.

I knew that as shocking as this was, God had made both these things happen, for me to see that others truly are being blessed by me opening up my life to others who are hurting. 

Not only are they are being blessed by reading what God inspired me to write about some of my life's trials, but also by His Word and how it helped me daily through these trials.  And, continues to help me.

Of course, this reminded me of Isaiah 41:10, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

I was blessed knowing that God had shown me favour, by encouraging me, and reassuring me that I had done the right thing, being obedient to His leading.  That people were being blessed through my efforts to assist others in need of support and encouragement.  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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