Well, why not?

Whirlwind. This week has been just that.

I self-published a book that I never wanted to self-publish. It was just a little something I wrote during one of the most challenging times of my life as a mom. My writers group encouraged creating a product to add to my site and I thought, why not? So I dusted off the incredibly raw study I wrote at the beginning of 2018 and jumped into the self-publishing realm.

May 1st I birthed that baby into the world and to say the least, I am humbled by the goodness of God. I am so overwhelmed by the likes, shares, and comments by friends, acquaintances, and total strangers.

Launch day was something I didn’t want to put too much thought into. At first, I just wanted the day to happen without too much fanfare. But I knew I would regret not celebrating this little why not of a book. So, I began my day at the zoo with my daughter’s kindergarten, then had lunch with a few friends. That’s all I had planned and I was good with that.

God had a little fanfare of His own.

I walked out of the house that morning and my favorite flower had bloomed. I carried purple irises in my wedding and we just happen to have tiny purple irises at the bottom of our front steps. Just one iris bloomed for me that morning. This little wink from God reminded me that He has been with me from the beginning.

I relished my time with my kindergartner at the zoo. This was her first zoo experience (that she remembers) so watching her excitement while a massive giraffe licked food from my hand was priceless. It made me so thankful that I took the time, in an already busy day to be there with her. This was a hug from God who pressed into me five years ago, to step away from the busyness and to cherish my family more.

Lunch with a few friends who have been my little cheering section through the past year was all I needed to end my day. I so appreciated their thoughts and feedback on my manuscript as well as being genuinely excited for me. I moved here almost two years ago. God placed each of them in my life for a significant reason. A reminder that His plans are always better than mine.

After everyone left and my kiddos arrived home from school, I went to my room, shut the door and laid down. I needed some time to breathe and reflect. I opened up Facebook and someone I didn’t even know posted this to my timeline.

Somehow my why not book is on a list. A list that says its a #1 New Release. I don’t know how it qualifies to be there, but I don’t really care. Its on a list that I never in a million years thought would happen. I am glad God reminds me because I often forget, “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us”.(Ephesians 3:20)

Two days later this why not is still at the top of that list.

Friends, don’t be afraid to ask “Why not?” If you feel God has gifted you in an area of your life and you have yet to take the steps to pursue it then, why not? You have nothing to lose and so much to gain because you will see God taking that little why not above and beyond all you could ask or think.

Thank you for all of your support. I can’t wait to see where this why not book will go next.

Published by Leah Lively

Born and raised in Virginia, Leah’s faith journey began in a loving family and a small church in a small town. As writer, blogger, and an aspiring speaker, Leah also enjoys reading, watching movies, and creating memories with her family. Leah is motivated by 2 Corinthians 13:11 where Paul encourages the church in Corinth to “become mature and be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” She wants believers to grow in their faith and discover a hunger for God’s word. Leah’s genuine and authentic style of presenting the gospel lays a foundation for readers to learn more of God’s Truths. Through the challenges of life, Leah's greatest desire is to let you know you are not alone and there is a God who walks with you through the wilderness.

5 thoughts on “Well, why not?

  1. So proud of you! Amazing how when you bless God through service, servanthood, and discipleship, He blesses you. The accolades are deserved. Love you, dad

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