Yesterday I went up to Grand Rapids and spent the morning at Discovery House Publishers, which is publishing There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse. I chatted with a lot of people, I recorded a quick little ad, and I got a tour of the whole joint. It was a lot of fun. But the funnest of all? I came home with a box.20130214-110453.jpg

And in the box was…20130214-110446.jpg

And under the packaging we find…20130214-110439.jpg

Books! I came home with copies of my book! Oh, the joy. Oh, the rapture. It’s almost as exciting as holding a baby for the first time. All that work, all that labor, and then all of a sudden you’re holding something precious in your hands.

As exciting as this is, I know there are times in life when we work really hard for something, and it feels like it will never bear any fruit. It feels like we’re never going to see that box of books. Some of us are parenting children that we fear may never learn to make the right decisions. Some of us are slaving away at careers that don’t seem to be making progress. Some of us are stuck in relationships that never find peace, or we battle financial problems for years.

I’ve been there, too. I’ve faced several situations that felt like they would never, ever come to a happy end. But holding that box of books yesterday, I felt God’s plan and peace over my life. When I was stuck in the never-ending exhaustion of early motherhood, I certainly didn’t think to myself, “Hey, I bet God is going to use this very difficult time so that I can write a book to encourage other mothers! I bet I can fill 200 pages with my wacky stories to make them feel better!”

But God knew. And He walked with me through the difficult years and now I can see some of the fruit that He wanted those challenges to bear. And whatever your situation is right now, please be encouraged that He can bring the same blessing out of your life. He is working, bringing everything together for your good, for His glory. He asks only that we seek Him, we trust Him, and we obey Him. He can handle the rest.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:26-28, NLT)


16 Comments on A Box of Joy

  1. cheriswalwell
    February 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm (5 years ago)

    YAY!!!!!! so happy for you. Can’t wait to get together and celebrate!

    Cheri πŸ™‚

  2. joshmosey
    February 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats Jessie! We’re looking forward to hosting your Book Launch Party in a couple weeks! What a good feeling holding those books must be! Exclamation points!

  3. Jessie Clemence
    February 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm (5 years ago)

    Many exclamation points!

    And my friend Nate wants to know if there will be cake. And I thought that Baker likely does not enjoy customers wandering around with sticky, frosting-covered fingers. But I promised I would ask if we could bring cake.

  4. Anonymous
    February 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm (5 years ago)

    WOW! COngrats Jessie, that is soooooo awesome! I needed to hear EVERY word of your blog today too! Thank you for being so wonderful and letting God direct you to help others! Your amazing….. HES AMAZING!

  5. Jessie Clemence
    February 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm (5 years ago)

    He is amazing, isn’t He?

  6. The Soul Tamagotchi
    February 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Congraaaaaats, Can’t wait to get a freee copy of your boook as a gift πŸ˜€

  7. JJ
    February 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Huge congratulations Jessie. I see your book on Amazon! When is the release date? So looking forward to reading it.

  8. memyselfandkids
    February 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, I can imagine that must have been an awsome feeling for you. Very happy for you Jess!

  9. Jessie Clemence
    February 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you! It should be available on March 1st. The ebooks will be for sure; Amazon might ship a bit later.

  10. Jessie Clemence
    February 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks, Larry! It was so fun.

  11. Bob Evenhouse
    February 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

    Woohoo! That is wonderful! Congratulations on the new babies, ur books.

  12. memyselfandkids
    February 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I bet.
    I hope to join you one day.

  13. Jessie Clemence
    February 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I have all faith that you will!

  14. Ellie at Emerald Pie
    February 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats! Wonderful to see your book printed and boxed. Well done