A couple of years after moving to Texas, I began attending a Bible Study. When I first met Dawn, the one teaching the Bible study, my first thought was, I want to be her friend. She’s the type of soul that women are drawn to because she has a listening heart, a word of encouragement, and wisdom she’s gleaned from God’s Word and Spirit.
I say all this because the second book in our Be Still series was conceived at that Tuesday morning Bible study, which I still attend today (in fact, much inspiration for my writing comes during this time).
Dawn has a passion for the Word and for teaching and one thing we know, when she teaches, we’re going deep. In the spring of 2018, she led us through the book of Isaiah and I filled half a notebook. During one of our morning times together, as she has often done, she released us to spend time with the Lord. She lives on a lovely piece of property with plenty of live oaks providing shade from the warm sun. I took my notebook and Bible and found a quiet place at a picnic table. As I listened for the Holy Spirit and reviewed my notes, I began highlighting verses from Isaiah I had written down. Soon I had a long list that inspired the twenty-four devotionals for Wonder, that I later wrote during an upcoming road trip.
In April, my husband and I took said road trip from west Texas, through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado, visiting state and national parks along the way. Before we left, I asked for prayer at my Monday writer’s group, and our sweet leader and friend prayed for the Lord to “show up and show off” during this trip. I shared the prayer with my husband and it became our theme for each day. Lord, how will you show up and show of today. Flipping through many of the photos we included in Wonder, it’s easy to see how He answered.
The book can be purchased on Amazon at Wonder: Contemplating the Mysteries of God.
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All the books in the Be Still series are available on Amazon. Visit my author page Jill English Johnston.