Happy New Year, friends! May you experience many blessings from ABOVE in 2023.
As I’m preparing to hit the send button for this blog, I’m looking at fluttering snowflakes from my Colorado kitchen window. And what better time to feature one of my special author friends, eMarie (Erma Ullrey) than today, as she provides the story behind the story for her well-loved children’s picture book, A Snowflake’s Adventure. I’d like to welcome my first guest for my first blog in 2023. Welcome, Erma!
Five years ago, after my husband Bert’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis, I maintained a stoic front. Inwardly, I believed God and took Him at His word. But in my quiet moments I felt and acted more like Jacob. I didn’t have a wrestling match with the Lord, but an intense spiritual battle had begun. Especially after I’d looked up the statistical prognosis regarding Bert’s disease. “Hopeless” fit the percentage. The doctors had told us as much. But faith said that number was unacceptable.
The Lord invites us in Hebrews to come and reason with Him .
I came, but I was beyond reason. I cried out to Him asking, wanting, needing something personal from Him. Something to show me that even though I didn’t see it, He was still working, still moving on our behalf. That He cared about what was happening to Bert. To me. To our four children, to their spouses, and to our grandchildren. That every promise in His word was still true, still ours. Jehovah was still faithful, able, and in control of every aspect of our lives.
I pictured the crossroads in Sacramento, CA, where I first became a believer at age 19. I reminded the Lord how He had shown me His many promises throughout all generations. He’d shown Himself to be Emmanuel–God with us. I recited His miracles and His gracious healing hand. His might and power. I prayed, Show me again, Lord.
I got in the car to go to lunch with a group of Bible study friends. As I pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant, I again asked God to let me know He was with us. With me.
Beyond frustrated with this unanswered prayer, I walked up to the restaurant, and exhaled a deep breath. That’s when it hit me.
God had answered my prayer through that simple act. Genesis 2:7 says “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”
Every breath was, is, and always will be proof of God’s existence and love. I had the “something special” I’d requested all along.
My wrestling ended there and then. The Lord had given me the proof I’d asked for.
That afternoon, in an effort to capture what God showed me, I penned the first words to A Snowflake’s Adventure.
…five years later, my husband is living with cancer and doing well.
A Snowflake’s Adventure is a story of God’s personal love. To my husband. To me. To every child He’s ever created. Unique. Purposeful. We are His one-of-a-kind design. Each. And. Every. One.
God Bless you.
Erma’s Bio: eMarie is a follower of Jesus Christ and an award-winning author who is married to her college sweetheart. They have four wonderful children, three outlaws, and four precious grandchildren. A previous childbirth educator and lactation consultant, Erma keeps chickens and enjoys writing, teaching Bible studies, and chatting with friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Check out her website at: https://www.merryheartlink.com. If you sign up for her blogs, I promise you will not be disappointed. I look forward to each one!
From Becky: As a side note, I have my own copy of A Snowflake’s Adventure. My grandchildren love it! Here is the purchase link: https://amzn.to/3WyBGGx
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