Coalson Plantation and answered prayer
Prayer is the greatest power in the universe. There are no coincidences. Since nothing builds faith like answered prayer, I’m led to share a recent story of a specific answer to prayer.
Last November I received an email from Sharon Brown asking if I would conduct a walking tour for her and her husband Thanksgiving weekend. I said yes and the three of us had an absolutely wonderful time together. I discovered that they had driven the long distance from Taccoa, Georgia because Sharon had read Marching Through Culpeper and was anxious to see the town. She had purchased the book from Jack Marlar, field representative for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
About a week later Tom Brown called me and invited me to speak at the Georgia state convention of Sons of Confederate Veterans in June. I accepted because of the size of the group. I felt God was opening a door for me to promote Marching Through Culpeper in Gone with the Wind territory.
Although I had never driven that distance alone before, I still resolved to drive to Villa Rica. Thus I had many hours to pray and to listen to inspirational CDs. I knew God was sending me on this trip for a purpose. I prayed that He would connect me with one person who would help me promote my book as comparable to Gone with the Wind.
When I was selling books Penny Gaskins walked up and we started chatting. I mentioned the comparison with Gone with the Wind, and she informed me that she was the event planner for Coalson Plantation which is now a resort. There is a theater on the grounds where the first private showing of Gone with the Wind took place. Penny is planning a huge Gone with the Wind anniversary weekend in 2009 and she invited me to come and sell books.
After inhaling sharply, I said, “I believe you are the answer to my prayers.” But it gets better. She decided I should come sooner, so she is promoting my upcoming visit August 16 as a “Day with the Author.” She’s sent fabulous promo information out to her email list of 2,000, placed ads in the paper, and my book cover is on the website of the Thomasville, Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Space is still available if you’d like to join the fun for the day or weekend. (email@example.com)
How awesome is our God! Do you have a story of answered prayer you’d like to share? I encourage you to post your story on my blog under “Answered Prayers.”
Dear Heavenly Father, how great thou art. I praise you for always being faithful and loving to Your children. You hear every prayer and answer each one in your perfect timing and in the way that is best for us. Nothing is impossible with you. I pray blessings on each one reading this, that they will be inspired to share their stories of answered prayer. And by doing so that together we may grow spiritually and give all honor, praise, and glory to You. In the powerful, precious name of Jesus.