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One would think I would know the ropes by now. After all, I have had seven other books released and have put on launches for all but one. Yet, in the lead-up to the launch of my eighth book, Becoming Me, this past weekend, I found myself inordinately nervous. Why on earth had I decided to put on yet another launch, I asked myself. After all, I am not the best at catering for such functions. Come to think of it, why had I even decided to see this particular book through to publication? Surely seven books were enough?

Then I figuratively shook myself and realised what a strange mindset I was taking on. Where was God’s perspective in it all? Hadn’t I felt God had guided me clearly to complete this new book of mine? Also, I had a good venue for the launch, as well as offers of help. And I had a lovely group of family and friends coming to support me, some of whom have tracked with me through all my previous launches.

So I decided to take a step back, listen better to God and allow that peace that passes understanding to permeate my heart and mind—even in the midst of shopping, cooking and the general tasks of getting everything together for the event. And I also decided I was not going to let the enemy rob me of the joy of this whole experience. In reality, it is such a privilege to be able to launch my eighth book, with family and friends around. So surely I needed to come to the event with a joyful heart, thanking God for this wonderful opportunity to put my thoughts out there once again for others to read and hopefully draw nearer to God themselves in the process?

As part of stepping back, I met up with a friend for coffee. Even the process of driving some distance across Sydney helped in gaining a more rounded perspective on all my launch activities. Then my friend not only insisted on shouting me, but also gave me a special gift and a beautiful card in which she had written: I’m so happy for the arrival of Becoming Me! I have no doubt it will be a great blessing and encouragement to many people, including me! Yes, God was indeed changing my perspective with a flourish and delighting in doing so, it seemed to me. And if God was enjoying this moment in my life that would never come again in quite the same way, I was determined to as well.

In The Message version of the Bible, Philippians 4:6 says:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

This week in your own busy life, can you step back a little and try to see things more from God’s perspective? As you do, may you too rejoice and be at peace, as you hand those concerns over to God in prayer.

PS And yes, I did indeed have a lovely, encouraging, happy book launch!

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