Yesterday's blog post teased a little about a Mother's Day modification to my first book, When the Waves Subside: There is Hope. On my end, the changes had gone through and it was visible but I learned after I got home from school, they weren't to all of you. I arrived at my parents and said, "Did you like your surprise?" They both laughed and said, "It's the same."
Just to prove them wrong I logged on the computer and opened Amazon. Guess what, they were right - but so was I. On my end, through the publisher ~ all changes were finalized yet to those shopping online ~ no changes. We all laughed and I logged into my author's account with the publisher to show them the change.
I waited until Mother's Day to share this change so it would have a little more meaning. Many say, "I didn't know you had another book, you should promote it." Some who read it offered encouragement and shared how When the Waves Subside touched their heart or the heart of a grieving parent. Each time I am humbled at how God is working in the lives of those reading the words written in my books.
In the wee hours of the morning one night, God awoke me with this idea. Yes, When the Waves Subside was written for my parents this January as anniversary gift and with analogy that the parents of a missing child are like the broken glass in the lake. Once broken but because of their loss and heartache, become a stronger and more beautiful person because they've learned to appreciate each moment and cherish the time we have with our loved ones.
In honor of ALL parents grieving the loss of a child ~ whether they are missing or deceased due to illness or tragedy...a parent's loss is horrific and described as "the worst loss and pain a parent will ever face." During this holiday weekend and for Father's Day in June, When the Waves Subside is dedicated to all parents grieving the loss of their child on a day when other parents are smothered with hugs, kisses, plants, and love.
The original cover read: "Beneath the smooth stones of Lake Ontario are hidden treasures of glass ~ once broken shards, now transformed into beautiful rocks to treasure. Just like that glass, the parents of a missing child are broken and beaten against the rocks." This is a true statement yet something was missing.
The last line now reads, Just like this glass, the grieving parent is broken and beaten against the rocks yet more beautiful when the waves subside because of the strength they exhibit."
I'm thankful for readers sharing how God touched them after reading and helping me to see this analogy was larger than I saw and for the Holy Spirit waking me up with the words to modify the cover.
Happy Mother's Day and Father's Day to the two greatest parents a girl could have ~ love you Mom and Dad. I hope you like your gift and aren't upset. There are limited copies of the version dedicated specifically for the parents of missing children ~ now it is a thirty-two page story of hope for any and all grieving parents. You are pillars!
To Purchase Your Copy ~ Click on Any of the Above Photos for a direct link, visit Amazon.com, or pick a copy up at The River's End Bookstore in Oswego, New York. Have a great weekend!
May 25th is National Missing Person's Day!!
Guess how we will celebrate this year?
On Friday, May 24th, 2013 ~ I will be on the "Bridge Street" morning show. It airs at 10:00 a.m. on Syracuse's channel 9. For more information about the show or to find out what station this is for your area - click on either photo for a direct link.
We are so excited!!
To commemorate National Missing Person's Day on May 25th, I will be having a book signing. The location will be announced soon! Thank you everyone!
Previously Scheduled Events...
May 13th (Monday) 6 p.m. Fulton Public Library
May 22nd (Wednesday) 6:30 p.m. Mexico Public Library
May 16th - 18th Time with our NCMEC/RMC family
May 23rd (Thursday) An afternoon with Oswego County's Retired Teachers
May 24th (Friday) Will be on "Bridge Street" at 10 a.m. (Syr. Channel 9)
June 2nd (Sunday) Art-in-the-Park???
June 7th & 8th A weekend with the Baptist Women
June 19th (Wednesday) 7 p.m. CNY Art's Center
A Special Mother's Day blog tomorrow, Friday, May 10th ~
A surprise and gift to my Mom!!
Is there a location you would like to see me at? Let me know...
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?
With the beautiful weather the past few days, and the ability to enjoy some time on the deck, I was reminded a few times of how much God loves us. There are verses in the Bible that talk about if God cares for the birds, then why wouldn't He care for us? The answer is also there, of course God cares for, protects, and provides the nourishment we each need. I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit's reminder of all God does for us every day...a bird's song was God's reminder this week. I'm glad I took time to slow down and listen.
What sound, smell, touch, taste, or sight delivered a message from God to your heart in the past week? Will you share?
A Tuesday morning like no other. Late last night my aunt messaged me to share miraculous news "breaking" in Ohio. Like many of you, I turned the news on and watched. At first, I only could stare at the screen with disbelief. Thankful yet perplexed. The chances of being found so many years later is amazing yet to have not one, but three, missing girls recovered is MIRACULOUS! God hears and answers prayers. He is alive and active, still performing miracles.
I'm thankful Amanda Berry not only broke free but trampled the fear induced by her captor as she opened her mouth to scream with every ounce of strength and survival she had within her. One man, Mr. Ramsey heard the scream and busted the door down to rescue not only Amanda but also Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Thank you Jesus, join me as I pray for these, now young woman, as they transition back to a life with their families ~ with extra prayers for Amanda Berry who had to learn her mother passed away during her captivity. Don't ask why today, just pray!
I was up until Midnight watching the news reports as they came in. Just when you think your tear ducts would be empty, something so amazing, joyful, and utterly miraculous reminds me of how absolutely amazing God is. It is unheard of for three missing girls are recovered from the same location. My heart rejoices with them, their families, and their communities.
Instead of the attacks and death tolls as the morning news headlines today, there is hope and celebration. I'm thankful to live in a country that recognizes an opportunity to share something positive with its citizens. These girls disappeared from Ohio yet today, they are America's recovered.
My heart is heavy with prayers today. Prayers for the girls, now woman. Prayers for Amanda to transition from waiting to see her mom to finding out her mom passed away. Prayers for the other two girls and their families. Prayers for the neighbors. Prayers for the community as they rejoice and grieve. Prayers for our country as they rally to show their support for these girls and their families.
Prayers for the families of children that remain missing. Events like this trigger an array of emotions within the hearts and daily living of the parents, siblings, friends, family, and community still searching and praying for their missing loved one.
My heart rejoices for the families hugging their precious loved ones while it grieves it wasn't Heidi. I have nothing but thankfulness, praise, and hope in my heart yet these events trigger the grief, loss, and remind me of how much I miss my precious sister.
Heidi M Allen, missing since April 3, 1994 ~ continue to pray and hope! Only God knows the outcome for Heidi, our family, friends, and community. Someone out there holds the missing piece to bringing Heidi home - whether it be for a proper burial or a recovery. If you know or remember anything, will you make the call to the Oswego County Sheriff's to bring Heidi home like Amanda, Gina, Michelle, Jaycee, & Elizabeth.
There is always hope...as I watched the sisters reunited...HOPE!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323