I was asked recently what my favorite page in my book is. What a question! I spent so much time on each of them, aren’t I allowed to love them all? But…if I’m honest with myself – just between you and me – it’s this one.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep…”

John 10:11

I had gone to bed one night totally exhausted. Spent from working. I was nearing the end of writing the main book; the writing process also included all the Bible journaling pages inside — yes, they were all created just for the book! I had been steeped in prayer throughout the process, as I knew nothing would give me what I needed to complete 100 pages for this project. I could rely on nothing but Jesus.

That night, I had collapsed into bed, feeling worn out. I still had more work to do, but my eyes were tired and itchy. My back hurt. The rest of my work was suffering. I hadn’t seen friends in weeks, as I was just knuckles-down at my dining room table to meet my looming deadline. I fell into bed praying for the dark to carry me away and wash away the fuzziness that I felt covering my eyes and my mind.

The Lord met me in the night. I was wrapped up in the arms of Jesus. Hugged tight. Feeling His rough robe. Hearing His quiet, comforting voice. He reminded me that He’s got me. He knows what needs to be done. He sees the pasture around me, He knows where the water is, and He’s got the perfect tree for me to rest under. He’ll keep the wolves at bay while I rest.

I awoke the next morning, feeling more rested than I had been in weeks. Not due to the time showing on the clock – but the sleep I got was deep and restorative.

The process of writing a book isn’t easy, and writing one with all that original artwork makes it that much harder. But I wouldn’t trade one minute of the time spent on the project. I don’t think I’ve ever been so moment-to-moment reliant on Jesus for every day. Every idea. Every word, caption, tutorial, and verse selection. It all came from God, and I give it all bak to my Good Shepherd for His glory!