Many of you know, or maybe not, that I live in rural Illinois. Farming is the family occupation. My husband, his brother and a son of both farm corn and soy beans. We are blessed with a large extended family which, praises to the Most High, get along very well. #1
August is the time which is critical for soybeans. They set pods then. If they have no rain fewer pods will be on each plant. This past week we and, praise God, a large area received an inch of rain or more. These two rains have saved the crops for our area. They were the only rains of any amount between the end of June and now. Because of them, even with the extreme heat of July this area will not have crop failure this year. #3
The June rain also allowed farmers who bale hay to take the second crop of the season. Now with the August rain a third cutting will be possible in September. We don’t grow hay but I praise God for His provision for those who do. #4
In September my second book in the Cottonwood series, Lord’s Love, will be released. The town where I launched Healing Love doesn’t have any type of fall festival. I was wondering why venue I could use for this event. At McDonald’s in town one day as I sold a copy of Healing Love several ladies and I were chatting about this issue. In a nearby booth was a lady with her grandson. She asked, “What about the Sherrard Pumpkin Fest, Sept. 29th?” We talked and now Lord’s Love with be launched at the event. #5
Dianne is the chairman and she is often asked to promote the Fest on a local TV show, Paula Sands Live. When Dianne spoke with the producer she mentioned my book. Now, when she is on the show Wed. Sept. 26th she will have copies of my book to promote also. #6
This month I am writing Giving Love, the third of the Cottonwood series. When God pressed upon me to being writing I requested that He give me the stories. Immediately Lydia and Sterling’s came into my mind. He has been faithful to my request. Giving Love now has about 20,000 words drafted. The plot and sub-plot are formed in my head just needing time to be typed out. #7
Of course there are many other praises I could innumerate. These are ones I wanted to share. Look at your day and past days, weeks and months and see how God has worked in your life and the lives of others. Then, I hope you will take the time to express your gratitude and praise to Him who provides all good things.
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)