Monday, Apr 06, 2009

My Daughter Lia’s Engagement

Dear Power Writers, 

I am thrilled to announce that my firstborn daughter, Lia, was engaged this past week to a wonderful Godly young man from her church. His name is Peter, and he is the son of a pastor. 

This engagement is a magnificent testimony to God’s faithfulness. Ever since I learned I was pregnant with Lia, I have been praying that, if God planned for her to marry, He would send her a man who loved God with all his heart and soul and who would cherish my precious daughter. Well, God has answered my prayer of 35 years in His own time and in His own marvelous way. Glory to His Holy Name! 

We have begun wedding preparations with great excitement. I will keep you posted. 🙂 

And now on to our writing! 🙂 Today I would like to discuss the topic of faithfulness in our writing. Sometimes answers to our writing prayers seem long in coming. We work hard, submit, and receive only rejection after rejection. Often we may wonder if God even remembers we’re here writing for Him. We are sometimes tempted to give up. But, as with my Lia, things can turn around in a single day. 

So keep persevering. Let us not grow weary in our writing, for in due season, we shall surely reap if we do not faint.




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7 thoughts on “My Daughter Lia’s Engagement

  1. What a beautiful testimony to the power of a Mother’s prayers!! God bless the happy newly engaged couple!

    And thanks for that tidbit of encouragement 🙂

    April 6, 2009 at 7:20 PM

  2. Wonderful news MaryAnn. Congratulations to Lia and Peter and to you too (mother-in-law to be).

    On writing:
    Sometimes when I feel lost I ask God,”Do you still want me to do this?” His reply comes in different packages but since I believe my gifts are from his hand I know that whether or not I see the results I want, He is always working His divine plan for His glory and my good.

    I hold on, I pray and I continue to write.

    April 6, 2009 at 8:59 PM

  3. How wonderful! I am delighted for you and Lia!

    If we give up in our writing, we will never be published. Worse yet, we will be giving up on what God has called us to do. I have to remind myself that He calls us to write, but doesn’t always promise publication. No matter what, we must be faithful.

    April 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM

  4. Mary Ann,
    It’s late on Easter Sunday. I have a column due tomorrow. Needing a little last minute inspiration, I opened The Write Power knowing your words and wisdom could spur me on. I was SO thrilled to read the news of your daughter’s engagement and how God has answered your prayers so beautifully. Congratulations M.O.B.
    We’re in wedding mode again, too. Our older son is getting married in June. Enjoy this special time.
    A thought about your post: We must remain faithful in writing even as we wait. True enough. From our perspective, we’re waiting on things like publication, success, financial compensation, lives changed as the result of our written words–all good things. I wonder, however, if we miss some “now” things while looking for that turn around. Maybe as writers we could consider the uncertainty, the wait, the rejection, the perseverance, the discipline, the study, the soul-searching moments as much of what God desires through our writing experience. Could it be that the process of writing (and all that entails) might be the “turn around” He’s looking to produce…in us? What if the journey is the destination? Would that be so bad? Might our joy come from obeying Him, exploring and expressing our gifts and sharing the ride with others in our same boat? Hmmm. God’s call to write is surely for kingdom benefit, but I’m thinkin’ it’s also a great tool for refining many of us with fire. 🙂
    Wish the above could be my column…I’d better get on it.


    April 13, 2009 at 1:00 AM

  5. Thanks to all of you for your warm good wishes on my daughter’s engagement. The date has been set for July 11th of this year, so we are busily preparing.

    I am praising our Lord for making our paths straight. Amazingly, we have found a reception hall, a rehearsal dinner hall, a photographer, a videographer, a florist, and a music band all available on the 11th! 🙂 My daughter has also chosen the dress for the bridesmaids. All that remains is the wedding dress which we work on tomorrow and my dress. I am confident that our Lord will continue to lead us to the right places and to make the right choices.

    Thanks for all of your prayers as we look forward to this glorious day. Our Lia is 35 and Peter is 37. They both love the Lord with all their hearts and are planning a wedding that focuses on Jesus and on the sanctity of marriage. May it be a testimony to God’s faithfulness and love.



    April 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM