First Draft

Today I did something I’ve never done before. I finished the first draft of my first book.

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset: that’s just my journal underneath my tea cup!

Since I resigned from my office job in February, I have been steadily working on a project the Lord laid on my heart: a year-long devotional for pre-teen girls.

I have vivid memories of my first devotional book and the excitement to read each day’s passage. To this day, I can remember certain topics from those books, and their takeaway points became the foundation of my understanding about God and His plan for me.

There’s a reason I focus on this age group. On a weekly basis, I interact with pre-teen girls in dance class and mentoring settings. In those environments, I’ve seen them on their best days and their worst as they transition from a kid to a teen.

Girls are bombarded with toxic messages 24/7 about their identity and what’s required to “make it” in our culture. The devotional addresses everyday topics that pre-teen girls face: choosing good friends, obeying authority, telling the truth and developing a healthy self-image, and much more!

My heart fills with tenderness at the truth I hope will be planted in their hearts. Truth that will bloom and bear fruit for years to come.

I am currently pursuing publishers to take this book from something more than a document on my laptop. Will you join me in praying that we pursue the right avenue?

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Now how shall I reward myself? Boba tea? A Target trip? (Oh wait…I did that yesterday…)

10 thoughts on “First Draft

  1. This is thrilling! Congrats on finishing it. I have no doubt it is God-honoring and touched with your beautiful grace. I will be praying for a publisher!

  2. Samantha, I am proud of you and your hard work and I am so excited about your first book!!! Kaci was almost a pre-teen when I first realized who you were! She pointed you out and, not only were you a beautiful dancer, but you were a wonderful, God-fearing role model! I will never forget how tender you were with Kaci and that young group of girls. You encouraged them and prayed with them. It is so fitting that you would continue to impact young women for Christ! I will be praying for you and I can’t wait to buy your book!!!!

  3. You are such a special young lady, I knew that man years ago. I am so touched that you want to minister to this age, it is a rough one. My grandaughter and I have many difficult days, many tears (she is 13). I love that you got so excited to read your devotion everyday when you were young, that is not the norm.
    Love you and so proud of the Woman Of God you are.

    1. Mrs. Patty, thank you so much for your kind words. Thankful for your counsel and support in my life at such a special time 🙂 It is a rough age without a doubt. Prayers over you and yours!

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