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In the writing industry, the chance to pitch an idea to an agent or publisher is difficult to come by. So I was thrilled when I was able to attend a writer’s conference where I was given the rare opportunity to meet with my choice of either an agent or a publisher. After some thought, I chose to meet with an agent. 

During my appointment, the agent mentioned another writer who had an idea that was similar to mine, and she suggested I reach out to the writer to brainstorm and glean wisdom from her. 

Later that night during a time of fellowship in the conference center lobby, guess who walked up with a hand extended to introduce herself? Yep! The same writer the agent recommended I meet. 

As we discussed the heart behind our book proposals, we immediately hit it off, and I marveled at God’s goodness shown through this divine appointment. And just when I didn’t think the day could be better, she shocked me with an unbelievably generous offer.

“I have a publisher appointment tomorrow, and I feel like God is telling me to give it to you,” she said. 

I reluctantly yet respectfully declined. “I could never take your appointment. It’s yours.”

Then, with even more conviction, she responded, “It’s meant to be yours and if I don’t give it to you I would be in disobedience to the Lord.”

Who can argue with that, right? So before we parted ways for the evening, I thanked her and told her I’d pray about it. The next morning, I woke up to a text with a picture of the meeting schedule with her name marked out and my name written in her place. 

This is an excerpt from The Gift of Sacrificial Love (John 15:12-13) – Your Daily Bible Verse – February 19 – Daily Devotional (crosswalk.com) I would be honored if you would continue reading this devotion on their website. I pray after reading you are inspired to love sacrificially as this beautiful stranger and Jesus Himself so beautifully displayed.

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