Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A God Moment/Thank Yous

I trembled as I read the subject line of the email: “Jeanette: I would like to offer you a contract…”

My voice cracked into wee fragments. “Kevin, you have to come see this, Honey.”

I wept and Kevin smiled his ever gentle smile as we read the email together. An agent contract! From my #1 choice, Diana Flegal of Hartline Agency, whom I met just two months ago at a writers’ conference. And on my birthday!

God, You are remarkable!

When Jody Hedlund, blogger and writer par excellence was offered representation by Rachelle Gardner a few months ago, I was elated beyond words for her, throwing my fruit-on-the-brim hat in the air and doing the Snoopy dance all over town! Not really, but it makes for a good story...

Now when my own dream comes true, all I can do is cry tears of joy and thankfulness. And trepidation. I want to do my best, to make it easy for Diana to represent writing she can be proud of. Mostly I want to make my Father proud. And make enough money to hire someone to mop my floors!

I know this is a God moment. I could not have orchestrated this if I’d planned for a lifetime. All I can do is get down on my knees and say “Thank you, thank you, thank you. And help me, please.”

I want you to know: I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU GUYS. I have nearly given up a zillion times, but you’ve all been there rooting me on with your kind encouragement and your nourishing blog posts. So in a very real sense this is an honor for you as well as me. Thank you for washing my feet again and again, keeping me in this race. I love you all dearly.

When you’ve had an answer to prayer and a dream come true, do you fall apart and cry like me, or jump around and scream? Do you run to the fridge for a Coke or the cupboard for a truffle? Who do you thank—besides Jesus—for helping you realize your dream?


  1. Oh, I jump. I scream. I scare my kids. LOL
    Thank you SO much for sharing this with us! It's such an inspiration and I'm super excited to see what happens!!!! :-)

  2. Jen, I'm SO proud of you!!! This is such an exciting moment, but I understand the trepidation too. It's a new path and one that is very unfamiliar. So with that excitement comes a trembling awe.

    I'm throwing my wide-brimmed sunbonet with its dangling beads into the air, and I'm doing the snoopy-dance for you now!!

    You'll do great! Even though it's a lot of work, you can do everything through him who gives you strength!

  3. Jen, this is wonderful news!! Congratulations! And may you have many continued blessings through this new journey.

  4. Holy bucks, girl!!!! Praise the LORD! That is AWESOME! wHoOT, WHooT!! *throws confetti* Seriously - wonderful, ENCOURAGING news!!!! And on your birthday?? Could there be a better present than that?? :) Smiling big time for you here in Iowa, Jen. :)

  5. I would do like you did! Cry and thank God! You did this with your awesome book idea and being who you are:) I am so honored and excited to be part of your excitement!!!!!


    I'm thrilled and excited for you--a little sleep hazy still to be doing the snoopy dance--but I'm lifting praises of thanks for you right now!

    This is wonderful news and you are so deserving. I'll continue to pray for you and Diane to find a home for your book now.

  7. AWESOME, AWESOME! You did it Jeanette! You go girl!!!

    When a prayer is answered I get in an unbelievable state, walking around thinking, "Wow, God did it again. Wow, how does He do that?"

    I thank Anton, my husband.


  8. Thanks, you guys. My heart swells with pride to have you in my life---

  9. YEAH!!!!

    Two of my favorite people :) I am SOOO happy for you!!!

  10. CONGRATULATIONS. How much you deserve it!!!
    I really would like to see you do that Snoopy dance, though! I think I'll try one of those for you here now. :D
    ~ Wendy

  11. God is great and greatly to be praised! You are usuing your God-given gifts and he is blessing you. Wonderful, wonderful news!!!!

  12. Congratulations and GOD BLESS! What an awesome answer to all our prayers!
    Blessings, andrea

  13. I share your joy. Im sooooo happy for you and know that you are giving God the glory. It has made my day to know this has happened for you. It's never too late. Thank God.
    Blessings my friend.

  14. What a glorious birthday present! I am sure that with God's help,you will change lives with the books you write. Congratulations and jump and down again for me.

  15. Hop, tappity-tap, tappity-tap, twirl and tap!! That is wonderful! Whoo Hoo!

    First I whisper a thank you Lord, and let all the different emotions roll. That takes a bit. Then it's time to share with friends and celebrate with dessert or salsa and chips!

    So happy for you

  16. AAAAGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am in tears. Our God is soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be rejoicing for a very long time. I'm doing the happy dance (and no LA is not having another earthquake.) I cannot express my great joy dear friend!!!!!!!

    You want to hear something weird? Diana is my dream agent too. Weirder? I sent her a proposal on Sunday. I'm Praying very hard over this. SO it is with great joy I say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!


  17. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you! Jumping up and down in my cubicle at work. (Hopefully nobody will see!) I've just met you, compared to the others who have known you for a while, but I know you are a kind, Godly woman and you deserve all the success in the world!

  18. I'm late to the party, but WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!

    I'm so happy for you!!! What a lovely blessing!

  19. You're getting an award on my blog tomorrow! Congrats (again) :)


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