Wednesday, January 13, 2016

God Always Makes a Way for His Words to Come True

At the start of the year, God told me that I can again pursue my dream of publishing at least one book this year. I was hesitant at first, knowing how busy my schedule is. But I claimed it and listed it in my Novena to God's Love again. (You may read my blog post about dreams and how the Novena to God's Love has helped me make my dreams come true in the past years here.)

I'm not yet through planning for my dreams and goals this year. But I was starting to feel discouraged yesterday and the other day because there's simply a lot that a mom like me with three small children needs to do daily. Homeschooling two kids with different grade levels, breastfeeding a toddler who recently turned one and is teething, caring for them daily, managing a household and an online business, maintaining blogs and trying to finish some backlogs from last year are what fill up my hours each day. Yesterday and the other day, I began wondering, "How can I write and finish at least one book with this?" I felt that I was just too busy to squeeze in that dream and goal into my already full schedule. I was wondering how God can make a miracle out of my situation again.

Then, God answered me this morning during my prayer time with this:


"Just because you don't see a way 
doesn't mean I don't have a way." 

Wow! Isn't that great? God read my mind once more! And He answered me clearly and powerfully in a way I could not doubt His voice!

That's all that I needed to be encouraged and empowered to act on my dream and goal again. It was a very timely reminder to me to just keep putting one foot forward and make even baby steps of faith to move closer to my dream.

I excitedly shared about this on my Facebook account and said that I'm targeting to launch at least one book on Mother's Day this year.

Then, I followed up a potential artist who can do the illustrations for one of my children's stories. In minutes, I got the answer that I've been praying for! She confirmed that she will do the illustrations for my upcoming book Mommy Loves You Just the Same! I am beyond thrilled and happy! hahaha God just made a way for me again! I can't help but be amazed! Thank you so much, Lord! 

I'm so excited to see my story come alive in her illustrations! This storybook is special to me because I wrote it for my two older children while I was pregnant with my third child. We were preparing for the coming of our third baby and I wanted to make the two older boys especially my second child that I love them just the same even though they will have another brother.

Moreover, I wanted to continue my breastfeeding advocacy through this book. I think this is a perfect accompaniment or follow up to my book BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking because I want to show in the illustrations that breastfeeding/tandem feeding has helped my sons in their transition to becoming big brothers. This is something that most books on becoming an older sibling did not show. Thus, I am so happy and I feel so blessed to have found an artist who is also a breastfeeding mom like me. I believe that she is the perfect artist for this story of mine.

Oh, before I forget, did I tell you that she's also expecting another child? Yes, she's pregnant now with her second child. Isn't God truly amazing? This makes her understand my feelings more when I wrote my story.

I believe that it was really God who ordained our meeting last year at an event where I was invited to speak. It was a gathering of breastfeeding moms and their families and our booths were situated beside each other. We got to talk to each other and I found out that she's interested in illustrating a book. And the rest is history, or should I say His story. ;)

That's all for now. I will update you about our book in the coming days and months and I hope you'll support us in this book project. In the meantime, please pray for both of us so that we'd be able to finish this book project amid our busy schedule as moms.   

Do you also have dreams that you are unsure if you can achieve them this year because of your current situation? Don't give up right away! Look to God for inspiration and strength! 

QUICK UPDATE:
Our book is almost done! It will be launched on May 19, 2016. :) Jia is now finalizing the inside pages of our book... just doing minor edits to it before the virtual book launch. You may see the book cover and pre-order a copy when you click here. Join the virtual book launch here.

23 comments:

  1. Your post inspires me. I also want to do the Novena to God's Love for my goals this year. I pray for your plans on the new book. That is so exciting! I can wait for the finish product. I will offera prayer for you. Best of luck!

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    1. Thank you very much! :) My illustrator and I need lots of prayers to finish this on time. God bless!

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  2. Having a book published is one of the things I want to accomplish someday. The title of your book sounds exciting.

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    1. I hope you get to realize that dream at the most perfect time. :)

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  3. Teresa,

    No matter how busy you are, you found a way. Faith in God kept you going. Congratulations on publishing your book and I wish you all the best! I have to get you featured on my blog!

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    1. Thanks, Robert! I still owe you that interview. Soon! :)

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  4. Congratulations on the book! Also, you're going to Feast. <3 Reminds me of the good ol days where I also attend and listen to Daddy Obet.

    Patty
    http://pattyvillegas.com

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    1. Thanks, Patty! Yes, we do. But lately we don't get to go regularly. My eldest is busy serving as pianist in our parish.

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  5. congratulations for that book you are working on.. you are so true.. God is really good and He is always working in his very own mysterious ways to help us.. sometimes, He will use an instrument which is either a person, an event or even a thing just to help our dreams come true

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    1. Thanks! :) He really makes a way to help us fulfill the dreams He planted in our hearts.

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  6. Powerful testament to your faith. Great share. Thank you!

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  7. I love how you trust so much in God. I believe he always provides a way for us no matter if we think we can do it or not!

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  8. Good luck on your book and your advocacy. When God calls on you to do something, He also enables!

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  9. Hi Teresa, great job. Breastfeeding is crucial not ony for babies but for mothers too. And, happy that people like you are promoting this cause worth promoting. All the best and my prayers and wishes are with you.

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  10. Wow I'm quite excited about this :) Thank God that He truly never fails. I will look forward to your upcoming book :)

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    1. Thanks! :) It will launched on May 19, 2016!

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  11. Good luck with your book!! I have goals this year which I will only achieve through hard work and having a strong will, as I'm not religious I won't be looking for guidance in my faith but trusting in myself instead.

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  12. Good luck with your book!! I have goals this year which I will only achieve through hard work and having a strong will, as I'm not religious I won't be looking for guidance in my faith but Trusting in myself instead

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