In August I published my first children’s book called “Snickers the Curious Goat”! I wrote this book about 6 years ago and I still remember the day I got the story. My one year old son was taking a nap that day. I went downstairs in my living room to pray and I felt the Lord say He wanted to give me something. So I sat down with my journal and listened.
I was expecting a revelation of a Bible scripture or maybe personal direction or God to show me something I needed to work on. But instead, I got a download of a children’s story… something I had never even thought about before. It came as if the story was being told to me directly. I was not thinking about it, it just came as if someone were in the living room reading me a book.
This experience began a journey of writing. Since that story I have written many books and stories. I created a few for my kids but never had them published.
As 2020 was coming to a close, I felt so strong in my heart this next year was time to begin the journey of illustrating and publishing my books. So, I put my business on hold, stopped taking commissions and pursuing painting opportunities and went to work. I had never created a digital image in my life but thought this would be a perfect time to learn! So I did!
Snickers is a little farm inspired parable about the love and grace of God. I feel in some ways it’s part of my testimony. Growing up in a pretty “religious” home, through what we were taught at that church, I got the wrong view of God. I thought I had to be perfect in order for Him to love and accept me. I had this image of Him that if I made a mistake or sinned, He was ready to punish me.
‘When my family started attended a church that preached the true gospel (the word gospel mean “good news” by the way), we learned that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, and when we make him our Lord and Savior, we are accepted by God and forgiven. God can relate to us as His children, showing unconditional love and grace! Although we strive to walk in obedience to His ways, there is no pressure to be perfect. We see walking in His ways as simply wisdom to live a safe, blessed, joyful life. But no matter what, if we make a mistake or do something wrong, He is always there for us! We do not need to run from God, but we run to Him! He is always there to help.