Dear God | Top Shelf 1st Place Christian Fiction Book of 2019

Dear Lakisha Johnson,

Dear God: Hear My Prayer has won 1ST PLACE in the category of Christian (Fiction) in the 2019 TopShelf Book Awards!

This is the email I just opened. My first full Christian Fiction novel has been awarded 1ST PLACE in the category of Christian (Fiction) in the 2019 TopShelf Book Awards! Y’all… to say I’m ecstatic, blown away and honored would be an understatement.

Who am I kidding, I am beside myself.

This book, Dear God, was released a year after I purchased the cover. See, I had every intention to release it in 2017 but God said NOPE! I didn’t understand it and I questioned God. “God, haven’t I been faithful? God, what else? God, why me?” All the questions I asked the many months I toiled, the many nights I cried and the days of wanting to just throw in the towel.

But I pressed!

Bible says in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.”

God shut me down but it was the best thing for me, even when I couldn’t see it because in 2018, I released 7 books with Dear God being my very first full Christian book. I was nervous because it was different from any I’d written previously. This book didn’t have sex and minimal to no cursing. Yet, it has been one of my best sellers. This book deals with sexual abuse at the hands of a pastor who should have been praying instead he preyed. And while Jayme’s story is one of fiction, this same abuse is happening in houses all across the world but there’s hope. Hope to overcome, hope to press and hope to be restored.

I just want to encourage somebody. Press on, even when you don’t know what the end will be. Press on, even when it hurts and you don’t understand. Press on, especially when it takes you out of your comfort zone. It’ll pay off. I’m a witness. A bold, declaring and decreeing witness.

Get your copy today HERE

Daily Devotional – 9/10/15 “The eye of your storm!”

You may be in the midst of your storm with stuff being shuffled all around you and it feels like you’re about to lose your mind. Your finances are in chaos, family going through hell, church folk got you stressing, spouse has you drinking, job got you thinking about walking off when you know good and well you can’t afford to miss a check and you’re trying to figure out which way to go when both seem wrong … Well, baby push through! Don’t you know that even in the midst of a storm there is an eye where the sky is clear, the wind is light and the weather is calm? It’s in the center of the storm which means you have to pass through the storm to get to it. Yea, I know it’s hard and the wind of hurt is pushing you but go. I know it hurts and the negativity, pain, abuse, misuse, being lied on, talked about, cast aside and being stepped on keeps hitting you on every side but go. Yea, I know the tears of shame, mistakes, regret, could have, should have, what if and all that is blurring your vision but go. Why? Because the Lord, our God has already gone ahead of us to ensure thangs work out. You don’t have to take my word for it but the bible doesn’t lie and Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Beloved look, go through whatever it is you’re going through at this appointed time. Push through whatever it is you don’t think you are strong enough to get through. Praise in and out of whatever it is folk are saying about you because when it’s all said and done, you’ll make it to the eye of your storm where there is calm and peace. Don’t give up now when you are almost there. Will it be perfect in the eye of your storm? No, but God has made sure there is protection, provision and most of all prosperity there. Will all of your troubles go away? No but there you’ll find a recharging station to revive the dead places in your spirit that’ll give you strength to go back into battle ready to fight. Will this be the end of your storms? Probably not but the bible says in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Whatever it is you’re facing at this moment in your life, don’t count it out as being for a purpose. Go through your storm because in the midst of it, there is peace, calm and clear skies but you have to go through it to get to it.