I recently published my first book, “A Victory Song: Beneath the Veil.” After I published this book, the Holy Spirit of God was leading me to make a decision and to go in a different direction. God always has His way of surprising us.
~”Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”~ Psalm 119:105, ESV~
I prayed. I prayed. And I prayed. I also sought wise counsel from two members of the Body of Christ regarding this decision that I was in the process of making. After seeking this counsel and praying for direction, the Lord led me to resign from Atlanta Christian Voice.
I have faithfully served as the editor for Atlanta Christian Voice for four and a half years. I did not know that the Holy Spirit of God would lead me to write a book during the time that I served with Atlanta Christian Voice. My style of writing has developed immensely since I wrote my first book.
As my writing style began to develop, I noticed that my passion and way of writing to serve the Lord developed more into a creative side than a journalism focus. This is because Atlanta Christian Voice focuses on journalism-related writing than on creative writing. I believe, as I type this blog post, that the Holy Spirit of God was giving wisdom and discernment as my portion to see that my writing style is more creative focused than journalism centered as I write to serve others through Jesus Christ in my writing.
I really enjoyed the experience that I gained and learned from writing for Atlanta Christian Voice as well as the many articles that I wrote for it. I am also excited for the next level that His hand is leading me to walk. My prayer is that God will prepare me and make me ready for this next level that He is taking me to walk in my style of writing. I am really happy for this journey that God is taking me on with Him by my side. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah!
~”You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”~ Psalm 119: 114, ESV~
Thank you everyone for reading this blog post as I journey alongside the Lord in my walk with Him. May it bless you richly today!
I am really excited for the direction that God is taking me concerning my calling, as an author. The Lord has been so, so good to me!! Praise Jehovah and Hallelujah!
~”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”~ Jeremiah 29:11, ESV~
At the beginning of April 2022, I attended the Impact and Influence Author’s Conference, which literally changed my life! I met other authors, like myself, who have the same common goal and calling as me: to inspire, to impact, and to touch lives through writing!
I had a very blessed time at the Impact and Influence Author’s Conference! My book that was recently published, “A Victory Song: Beneath the Veil,” sold copies at the Impact and Influence Authors Conference. My book is about my battle with mental illness and how the Lord used my church family at First Baptist Atlanta to point me in the direction of Christian counseling at the church so that I can develop spiritual disciplines to empower me to walk in the Word of God as I confronted my mental illness (I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder) and I sought the Lord to walk in the healing power of God.
In my book, I discuss topics that are relatable to everyone so that even if you do not have a mental illness, you can relate to it. I talk about seasonal friendships, my relationship with my mother, and my relationship with my ex-boyfriend, all of which point me in the direction of healing, help, and hope in Christ Jesus as I went to a Christian counselor at my church to receive the healing gift of Jesus Christ and walk healed (even though I am not physically healed in this lifetime, I am spiritually healed, praise the Lord!!)
I remember one teenage girl, who I met at the conference, who is also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her mother came up to speak directly with me after I spoke at speech at the conference and she told me that her daughter was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that she can be deeply inspired by my testimony be reading my book, so she bought a copy of my book for her. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah!
~”Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.”~Luke 22:42, ESV~
After having this conversation with the teenage girl’s mother, I knew that the will of the Father had been accomplished that day to touch, to reach, and to inspire a life. I thank God for the work that He is doing to reach lives through my newly published book. I thank God and give Him all of the glory!
At the end of the Impact and Influence Author’s Conference, I was not the same person going into the conference that I was leaving the conference. I was different in that I realized my calling, purpose, and destiny: My name is Sarah Dickens. I am a follower of Jesus and I am an author too! Glory to God and Hallelujah!
If you feel led by the Lord to purchase a copy of my book, “A Victory Song: Beneath the Veil,” from the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, feel free to click on and follow the links to the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites to purchase your copy today!