It’s been an eventful year at Crosshair Press, although it might seem like it’s been a little quiet at the blog-front here. Behind the scenes, though, we have a flurry of activities in the works as we each pursue personal and career goals, and work to introduce you to some amazing authors and their stories.
As always, we are grateful for our readers, our encouragers, and the time you take to keep us in your prayers and on your bookshelves.
Katie Phillips, Managing Editor
As I’m sitting and editing this morning, I’m looking out my window at a tree turning gorgeous shades of red and orange and thinking about seasons. It’s that time of year, when the holidays approach and I’m reminded to be thankful for my many abundant blessings. And one of the biggest things I’m thankful for is that I finally seem to be transitioning seasons.
As some of you may know, my husband and I have been going through a pretty tough season in the past few months with job loss and job transitions, which also result in stress and financial instability. So a huge THANKS for me right now is getting to see him out of a horrible job situation and getting to dance again. I’m also super thankful to have seen steady and significant growth in my editing and writing coaching business over the past year. I’m slated to have more than doubled my revenue (not to mention client base) by the end of this financial year, and have had the privilege of enrolling in a business coaching course to see even more growth and breakthrough in my business in 2018.
But, while these financial and tangible blessings are so important, the intangible is so real as well. I’m thankful for over 8 months of marriage to my awesome husband, through thick and thin, and the tremendous encouragement and daily growth opportunities that come from marriage. I’m thankful for an incredible group of friends, colleagues, and clients who make my life so rich and meaningful. And, most of all, I’m thankful to be able to say that, once again, God is so faithful. He has brought me through so many difficult circumstances so far, and I know he will continue to faithful in the months and years to come.
Amy Davis, Acquisitions Manager
What is that saying? Death and taxes are the only things you can be certain of in this life, right? For me, I’d add that “change” is also something that I’ve learned to count on. Maybe this sticks out to me because I struggle with accepting new and different circumstances. As a parent and the spouse of a military service member, these are especially inescapable. However, this year I’m thankful for what I recently realized that change has slowly morphed into: an expected constant, and therefore, a sort of friend. I say this with all respect, because I know exactly how awful change can feel, tearing us from loved ones and throwing us into situations we would give anything to avoid. But with all the changes our family has undergone this year, and the ones we’re facing going into 2018, I am thankful for the unseen preparation that was taking place. This time, I wasn’t blindsided when my husband came home with the news of an unexpected move. When health issues arose and scheduling conflicts altered my perfect plans for holidays and vacations, I was able to stumble through, not necessarily gracefully, but better than I might’ve in years past. Because of God’s patient preparation, I’ve been able to grow and begin to thrive in one of my least favorite situations. So yes, I’m thankful for change. I’m even more grateful for my family and my friends who have become my family. I’m thankful for Crosshair Press and the opportunities it’s given me to connect with authors and readers. And I’m thankful for the ability to look forward to what’s ahead with anticipation.
Amy Williams, Production Manager
What am I thankful for? Isn’t it interesting how a simple question can make you reevaluate your entire year? I’ve got to be honest. This has been a tough year. While it has been more financially stable than last year, it’s been significantly more stressful. I’m not even sure how that works, because you’d think it would be the other way around. I’m thankful for many things. My family. My friends. My home. My church. My country and my freedom and my salvation and all those stereotypical things we think about this time of year. But as I’m scribbling this note on my phone’s virtual keyboard (because I haven’t got time to do it properly), a different less-common answer comes to mind. I’m thankful for everything that’s gone wrong in my life. I’m thankful for the prayers God didn’t answer, the dreams He didn’t make into reality, and the goals He didn’t allow me to achieve. I’m thankful for the friends who have hurt me and the people who have let me down. Because every failure, every hurt, is a reminder that I don’t have it all together–and nobody else does either. And the best part is that God doesn’t expect me to. He knows how weak I am and where I struggle, and He still wants me in His family. He still loves me, and He has a place and a purpose for me. If everything went right, if I never got hurt, I wouldn’t understand His grace. I wouldn’t know His forgiveness. And the only purpose I’d be seeking would be my own. How meaningless would that life be? So this Thanksgiving, even if nothing in your life is going like you planned it doesn’t mean there isn’t a purpose behind it. Sometimes life just sucks. So embrace it, because God is always good, He never makes mistakes, and He always keeps His promises. And nothing, not even the craziness of your life, can surprise Him.
Happy Thanksgiving from Crosshair Press!