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Serendipity: a happy accident or pleasant surprise. Our lives are full of accidents and surprises. Being able to see the happy and find the pleasant in them– that’s the hat trick. More than a decade ago, after filling away yet another rejection letter, I squared my shoulders and took another path. I spent the next several years working feverishly to build a platform for my writing. Progress was painfully slow. Little by little I obligated myself here and committed myself there until one day I found myself back into the proverbial corner. I’d worked myself into a position where I had to create content week in and week out for my website and radio affiliates. All Things Southern became a burden. I began chaffing at the demands of my own creation. She was requiring too much effort, too many words. I felt sure I was spinning my wheels. I longed to lay it down and write the books I felt sure she was preventing me from writing. Despite having felt that ATS was my mission field from the onset, that I was meant to lighten loads and ease burdens with weekly stories and chuckles wrapped around little nuggets of devotional thoughts, I began negotiatingwith God. I’ll lay this all down, I told Him repeatedly, if He would just give me the okay. He wouldn’t. I’m sorry. I don’t know how else to say that. But I’ll do ladies’ seminars and concentrate on teaching the Word, I told Him. You know how I love that! All I got from heaven was a big fat no. In the middle of that season IT finally happened. I became a published author. After having self-published my first three books, I now found myself with a for real agent and a contract with a for real publishing house. Booksellers and readers embraced Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On, (and I’m eternally grateful), allowing me the privilege of working on a follow-up, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy. Still, I persisted in kicking against the weekly deadlines. I continued dreaming of the “other things” I wanted to write that All Things Southern was keeping me from writing. One day I’ll tell you the story of how I came to lay my want-to down. God and I didn’t “strike a deal.” I yielded. I decided to want what He wanted before I wanted it. And then I asked Him to make it so, to move my heart by what moved His. Ever so slowly I began to value the weight of All Things Southern that was always forcing me to cry out to Him. And strangely, that led me to gratitude for the very demands I’d been resenting. Talk about your pleasant surprises! Oh, and those words I had been hammering out week after week? With my new perspective I began to see how they had become the bones of those first two Penguin releases. That whole time in the trenches–…
This may be the quickest post I ever write. I can type fast if you can read fast. 5,4,3,2,1– let’s go! DO make plans to join me on ATS LIVE this evening. My in studio guests are my friends Aubrey Greiser and John Rea, we’ll be talking about the Love Your Community initiative, complete with vision and verbs for your hometown! At the bottom of the hour, Jack Wisdom will call in to talk about his new book,Get Low.(Get this– he’s a lawyer writing about humility! Yeah, you’ll want to hear this!) Yes– there will be giveaways! Yes– the streaming live link is here. Yes– we’ll be holding the talk show live chat on the All Things Southern Facebook wall! That’s it for now. See you this afternoon. (And she reminds herself to breathe…) Hugs, Shellie
I don’t know where else you plan to be tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 6:00 PM Central time, but if there is any way possible, I hope you’ll make plans to join me for another great hour of ATS LIVE! I’m so looking forward to this show. In around the fun and folly that is normal for this “anything but ordinary” radio show, I’ve got two guests lined up that I seriously want you to meet! We’ll be talking to dynamic singer/songwriter Jeremy Calloway and checking out his latest release! I’m excited about this exciting and powerful artist to ATS LIVE! Next up, we’ll meet Shervin Youssefian, the Writer and Director of Crossroad, n emotional and inspiring story of redemption, forgiveness and the ultimate realization of God’s grace at work in every life. I can’t begin to tell you how much my man and I enjoyed this movie, winner of 5 Dove Awards! Here’s a link to watch the trailer: Will be there giveaways? Absolutely! Remember, you can find the ATS LIVE Listen Live link at the website and you can join the on air chat on the All Things Southern Facebook wall. Hope to see you on the air! Hugs, Shellie
I tell people all the time that I have the best readers and radio listeners out there, anywhere. I’m Elvis and his blue suede shoes serious! The All Things Southern community rocks. For illustration I give you a glimpse into my email box last night. I got in from a weekend retreat and was cleaning out the inbox when order #2291 came through for three of the new “Keep Calm and Bless Their Hearts” Southern Pearl T-Shirts. Right after it I found a second order, #2292, with this message in the “special notes” section. Backstory before you see it– the orders were placed by a mother/daughter combo from Georgia I met last year when I did a conference at their church. Yes, I asked permission before clipping out this section of the order and posting it, and yes, I’ve laughed today every time I’ve thought of it, which is why I share it with you. With that, I give you the second order, lovingly placed by the daughter of the duo. Are you laughing?