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Today I really feel like a writer.

I normally work from home, but today I needed a change of scenery and I am sitting in a coffee shop. I’m hiding in the corner, in running pants and a headband hoping that I don’t see anyone I know. I have my earbuds in, typing the beginning of my 2nd book (did I just say that out loud?)

I’ve been here for almost three hours and am sweating slightly due to being over caffeinated. I wonder if this is considered loitering…..I need to go home and switch the laundry and workout, but now it’s almost lunchtime and I’m getting hungry.

If I order a salad they can’t ask me to leave, right?

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#winner!

I am so excited and humbled this morning. I just found out that my book, “Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light” has won the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction!

When I first published this book, I was full of fear, but trusted God in every step of the journey. I share my story to provide hope and healing to others and have had the opportunity to meet many incredible people and hear other women’s stories of abuse. Thank you to everyone who has supported my journey.

God is so good!

 

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What does it mean to “Rise Up with Our Words”? {Linkup}

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As a Christian writer, I feel a sense of responsibility to use my written words to encourage others. It all started when I decided to share my personal story of overcoming abuse. I didn’t want to do it at first, and thought of at least 100 excuses why I shouldn’t, but realized how much it would’ve helped me over the years to know that I was not the only one. I had suffered in silence for many years and felt scared, ashamed and very vulnerable. The more I thought and prayed about it, I knew that God had called me to break my silence and encourage others who may feel alone, lost or unsure of what the future holds. So I followed a new path with His word as my compass.

I wrote a book and began speaking to different groups. As I began sharing my story, more and more women approached me and told me how much they could relate. After years of being silent about my past, I was shocked to learn that there are many who share my story.

I believe that the more we rise up with our words, written or spoken, and share what is on our heart, the more we can help each other. Whether it is our testimony, struggles or just the honest truth, we can all benefit and help someone else feel less alone. We can see God working in us and through us as we share from our heart. As we do this, we are glorifying our wonderful God.

Waging warfare with prayer

One of the things that I love most about blogging is the connections that I have made and continue to make. I believe that we should all use whatever gift we have received to help others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. So today, I am excited to announce that my blogging friend, Anita Estes is releasing a book today! Take a look at what Anita has to say about this new and exciting book:

As a young girl I always loved reading because it took me to a different place and time. Of course, I fell in love with the Nancy Drew series which developed into a penchant for mysteries. When I began to write The Dividing Stone, it started out as a mystery, but then I felt the Lord got a hold of my pen and led it another direction. It became my quest to understand the forces behind the breakup of a vital church.

51wEKHUKK8L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The more I wrote, the more He revealed the Satanic forces at work to divide Christian marriages and churches. Years before, as a young Christian living in Vermont in an isolated area, God began to reveal to me about the spirit world and in particular principalities that ruled over regions. When I moved back to New York there were ministries that were being shown the same thing. As my circle of friends began to grow, I met more people that lent credence to what God was showing me. Then my historical research led to me uncovering the presence of “secret societies” in the formation of our nation and a rift in our community.

I wove everything into a complex tale of mystery and intrigue, but had difficulty finishing it. For years, I struggled with getting the book polished and ready for publication, until God lit a fire under me and a publisher was interested. I believe the timing is perfect with the increasing persecution of Christians around the world and the rising dark forces in America.

I was very excited when “War Room” came out because it dealt with a similar theme: attacking the root reason for many of our relational problems that cause division in the church and marriages, while waging warfare not with guns but in prayer. Though The Dividing Stone is a fictionalized account it unmasks these root causes and what we can do to overcome them!

It follows the tale of a young artist, Margo Pierson, a young artist with a penchant for truth, sets off to find the identity of a missing ancestor. Unknown to her, she ends up discovering something far more significant—a key stone to a dark secret. Though she doesn’t realize the importance of the hidden message inscribed on it, the heavenly forces do. Stirred by her finding, a host of angelic beings resume an age-old struggle to reveal the truth about the town of New Coven, formerly New Covenant. Margo too is determined to uncover the facts surrounding her secreted relative. However, she never thought it would lead her down such an unexpected path. As mysterious events unfold and visions mark her dreams, Margo and her husband Chris are thrust into a battle to expose a secret society’s plans. With God’s help, they are led every step of the way.

Anita EstesCome join Margo and her companions for the roller coaster ride of your life!
You can purchase Anita’s book on Amazon by clicking here: http://amzn.to/1ll0Jdv

For anyone purchasing a copy of The Dividing Stone between January 19th to the 24th, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate and a signed FREE copy of The Dividing Stone.

Stop by her blog for details @ http://anitathoughtsonchristianity.blogspot.com/

 

Who doesn’t love a free gift?!

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I’m excited to share that the nice people over at Cherished Magazine just told me that my article, A Journey to Faith and Forgiveness is in the January edition AND they’ve created a coupon for my friends to get a month for free!

I hope you’ll take advantage of this great offer and enjoy this encouraging magazine.

order link: Free month of Cherished Magazine

use coupon code “TRACEYGIFT”

 

Fear of rejection

We all fear rejection, it’s human nature. Fear that we won’t fit in (remember middle school?), fear that we won’t get the job, fear that we won’t make a good impression. Being rejected makes us feel unworthy.

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When writing a book, every author worries about rejection. Will anyone read it? What will critics say? After all the time spent on edits, re-writes, and drafts, it is difficult to take rejection lightly.

I was full of fear when I asked for a professional review of my book. It took several weeks, so I waited. During the waiting, I realized that there was nothing else that I could do. I prayed (a lot!) and found comfort in this verse (Isaiah 41:10):

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

The moment finally came and I received my first real review for my book. God was right, I didn’t need to be worried. My faith in my writing and in God’s love for me was stronger than my fear of rejection.

What is your fear holding you back from? 

To read the review of my book, Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light: A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse, click here. The book launches on Monday!

Write 31 Challenge: Word of the Day

October 6 Word of the Day: Joy

What a perfect word for today; my birthday!

cupckaeSo many things are bringing me joy today. Notes from friends, gifts from family, lunch with my son who is in college. I find joy on days that I’m not celebrating too. Sunny days when I can drive with my convertible down, a walk with my dog, singing at church, walking on the beach; all of these make me happy.

However, I must say that knowing that I was created and chosen by God is the one thing that brings me true joy.

Have a great day!

Write 31 Challenge: Word of the Day

October 5 Word of the Day: Inspiration

What inspires you?

31 day word challengeWhen I was first writing what would become my manuscript (soon to be a book!) there were times when I had difficulty continuing with the writing process. Every time I opened the document, I was forced back into a time that I have spent most of my life trying to forget. I would become filled with negative emotions and started to doubt myself. I started wondering if anyone would care.

My inspiration came from others….as I began telling more people about my book idea, I heard affirmation that what I was doing was important; that I would help others. I realized that I wasn’t doing this for ME. The first time I spoke publicly to an audience of 85, I received many compliments and positive comments about my “performance” but what made me feel truly inspired were the e-mails I received afterwards from audience members sharing their own stories. They thanked me for being brave and helping them heal.

That is what inspired me to continue!