Surprised by God

Has God surprised you lately?

Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think! Isn’t God like that?

When my husband and I wrote and published Baby Bible Board Books: Stories of Jesus, a collection of four board books for infants and toddlers, I never envisioned these books being published in another language, in another country.

I had my plan. My plan was to sell as many of these books as we could in the United States and Canada. So, I was pleasantly surprised when a distributor picked them up to sell in Australia.

God had even greater plans. His plan included foreign rights for these books. He wanted them published in Asian countries.

When the books were first released, we were approached by a publishing house in Central America that wanted foreign rights to publish the books in Spanish. However, after the initial contact, the publisher dropped the conversation and so this agreement never materialized. Since foreign rights were not in my plan, I wasn’t bothered by this and didn’t continue to pursue this avenue.

Then out of the blue, last year, God brought a foreign rights agent to us through Christian Small Publishers Association. This agent wanted to show our books to his publisher contacts in Asia. We said, “Yes!” The agent showed the books. As a result, we have received contracts for Baby Bible Board Books to be translated and sold in Korea and Indonesia.

Exceedingly abundantly above all that I asked or thought! God is good!

Has God done something exceedingly abundantly above all that you have asked or thought in your writing or publishing endeavors lately?


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