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Wrapping it all up

This is going to be my last post for 2011 and before I wrapped it up for the year, I  thought of updating you on what’s been going on with Lara Daniels, especially this last week.

First, Afrikan goddess listed Love at Dawn as one of the top 10 reads for  2011!

I wrote my third update on “Thorns with Roses” and even got some very good feedback from the editor that he’s been getting emails from readers wondering when the next story will be out – yay!

Finally signed off the contract for  publication rights “For Wale, my first love” to the little league publishing under the anthology  titled “New beginings” to be released in 2012.

Discovered through a friend that Love at Dawn was actually a bestseller on i-Tunes UK top 100. Looking foward to it staying on the charts again and for much longer 🙂

And you know what? I honesly couldn’t have done all this if I didn’t have a loving God who continues to see me through, combining a day job with family and writing…talk about hectic! I also couldn’t have done it without all the wonderful people who come here to read my stories; people who take their time to comment on these posts and send encouraging emails as well.

So I’m going to use this opportunity to say Thank you. You know who you all are. Thank you for making 2011 a fruitful year in my writing career. Looking foward to more good things in 2012 and hoping that you’ll join me in the journey as well.

From my heart to yours, have a merry Christmas and a lovely 2012 ahead. Praying that all your happy dreams come true.

P.S: The RWoWA mega book bonanza is still on so you really need to get on the wagon to get some free African romance books. Click here to find out what you need to do.

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The Gift that adds no sorrow

I have been reflecting a lot on what the bible says about the “It is the gift of God that makes one rich and adds no sorrow.” Often times we think this gift of God are the big houses, the expensive cars, children, money in the bank, a great career, fame, etcetera. However, I’ve been seeing that all these often has a potential for bringing sorrow. Take for example:

  • The big house may be lacking behind on mortgage/tax payments. And if you do own the home, what happens if a fire accident happens to take that house away?
  • Cars could be involved in accidents, killing/injuring everyone in it;
  • money in the bank can easily be lost through a bad investment,;
  • a great career can be over in a second especially in this bad economy;
  • Fame can become a headache as more people clamor you leaving you with no peace or quiet.

 So I thought to myself, what exactly is the blessing of the Lord that adds no (or has no potential for) sorrow?

Everthing we meet in this world has a potential for bringing sorrow either though our own sins/carelessness or through  life’s difficulties. Even Solomon said that bad times happen to people suddenly…no one on earth is inure to this. However, there is a blessing that never adds sorrow. This blessing is the entity of what and who God is. He is the only blessing that does not fade, does not change, and has no potential for sorrow. Even David said, “Apart from the Lord, I have no good thing.” In other words, there is a difference between what God gives you (things) and when God gives you HIM. Let me explain it this way: If I gave you money, the money is not equivalent to me giving you ME. My gift is not ME. It’s just a thing I give you. But if I give you ME, the whole ME, then you have all of me for you. That is what the perfect gift is: The Gift of GOD as GOD, not some temporary thing that he may give you and have a potential for being lost through the changing times.

 So this Christmas, remember the GIFT: Christ! Remember to thank him for HIM. Don’t focus on the fact that you may not have enough “things,” rather, appreciate the fact that He gave you HIMSELF by coming to earth to reconcile you to him.

 Merry Christmas!

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