My prayer for Looking For Lovely

on April 4, 2016 in Looking For Lovely with 10 comments by

LFLOne of my favorite questions people have been asking me the last few weeks is what I am praying as the new book launches and what they can be praying for me and for the book.

My answer is simple, but it hasn’t come simply. 

I have big hopes and dreams. Looking for Lovely is my fifth book (here are the others) and so I want every launch to reach more people that the one before. I see how other authors’ books do on launch weeks, I see the best-seller lists and I see the “million copies sold” stickers and I see the Today Show appearances and I see all of it. And if I’m being honest with you, I want all of that. I want to be really good at my job. I want to run a great business with great resources and happy employees. I want all of our books and products and Bible studies to make an impact and fly off shelves.

And so I wrestle with my insides about deciding what matters and what doesn’t matter, fighting off the lies that this book will never matter and the pride that says this book matters more than anything else. I’ve been narrowing down which of that list is about me and what is about God and the reader, the ones who actually matter here.

(Overuse of the word “matter”? Yes. Definitely.)

It has been a process. God has refined me deeply in the last few months, it has been ugly and painful at times, and brought my heart to a more right place. A place where what matters most is HIM and YOU.

So here’s how I’m praying and here’s how I’m asking you to pray alongside me tomorrow and for this whole launch week.

–> I’m asking that God would put Looking for Lovely in ALL the right hands.

–> I’m praying that He would protect the mail and guard bookstores and that every person who wants Looking for Lovely this week will be able to find it easily.

–> I’m praying that any plan the enemy has to steal, kill, or destroy launch week would be thwarted in the power of Jesus’s name. Satan has no authority in this situation. None.

–> I’m praying that every reader who receives this book would be brought under the shade of God’s tree, a tree of peace, so they can sit and read and rest.

–> I’m praying people who don’t know God will meet Him in the pages of Looking for Lovely and give Him access to their hearts.

–> And I’m praying that whatever happens this week, people would look at God and know He did this, He made a way, and He is worthy of all our praise.

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Thank you for praying and hoping and buying and sharing.

Y’all are the dearest friends a girl could ask for.

10 comments

  1. posted on Apr 04, 2016 at 1:00 PM  |  reply

    I already got to read the book & it is simply put – LOVELY. it was refreshing to see your truth in life & the things that bring joy to your world, where you see God at in your daily things. I’m excited for your release of another beautifully written book!

  2. posted on Apr 04, 2016 at 1:31 PM  |  reply

    Amen! Praying with and for you as I read your words this week. Looking for Lovely is lovely!

  3. posted on Apr 05, 2016 at 5:06 AM  |  reply

    Yes and amen! Praying for God to be glorified and know that He will be through your honesty and bravery with your words!

  4. Margaret Polino Nicholas
    posted on Apr 05, 2016 at 9:07 AM  |  reply

    Just ordered your book. I will pray along with you!

  5. posted on Apr 05, 2016 at 11:41 AM  |  reply

    Praying with you, Annie! Godspeed!! <3

  6. posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 5:10 AM  |  reply

    yup…i will buy, god blessed you!

  7. posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 11:24 PM  |  reply

    Amen! it seems you have a good battle plan underway.. I prey that Looking For Lovely, will touch many lives.. I am believing the Lord will Bless it!

  8. Karen Boyd
    posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 5:09 AM  |  reply

    ….”I’m asking that God would put Looking for Lovely in ALL the right hands.”

    I am so very thankful that God chose to put this book in MY hands! I stumbled upon it in a way that could only have been planned by Him. It was like a special gift, just for me. It has been such a blessing to me…I’ve desperately needed to hear its message. Thanks, Annie! I wish we could be friends in real life!!!!?

  9. Merry Browning
    posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:03 PM  |  reply

    I bought the Bible study and videos. Awesome! I can’t put it down. Needless to say, I am reading ahead.

  10. Carrie
    posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 7:09 AM  |  reply

    I found you, and this book exactly when I needed it. I believe in paths and things happening exactly as they were meant to; good and bad. I relate so much to many of the things you said. The pain, and the joy. The need for perserverance. Your book is reaching the hands it needs to 🙂

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