Turning Back to say Thanks

And one of [the lepers], when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. And fell down on his face at [Jesus’] feet, giving him thanks (Luke 17:15-16 KJV).

My administrative career started with a bang. A large, prestigious school district employed me as an assistant principal right after completing my doctoral program. One year later, I was promoted to principal of a high-profile K-8. It was only the second time in the district’s history a promotion that fast had ever happened. The other person who’d been promoted quickly had been a teacher at the same school for many years prior. I soon joined several district committees, wrote a column for a magazine, and guest lectured for my formal doctoral program. It was exciting to see my dreams unfold as I’d planned them, and I looked forward to more successful ventures. Possibly a superintendent’s position would be in my near future.

Several years later, things changed. Due to a new baby, a sudden illness, and my husband’s deployments, my family became my priority. I did the unthinkable and left my profession. Though it was painful, I dissolved a relationship with a job I loved. I knew I couldn’t pull eighty-hour workweeks anymore and care for myself and my family at the same time. Through no one’s fault, my career paused.

My dreams and priorities shifted, and I began to imagine a life as a full-time author. At first, I wrote what I knew. I worked independently as an educational consultant and wrote curriculum for a time. Soon I began networking with other writers to develop and improve my craft. This led to opportunities to work as a ministry leader, cowrite a Bible study with a pastor’s wife, and speaking engagements. Later, I wrote my study. Then I branched out to write for magazines and penned a trilogy of the first of three general market thrillers. I’m currently shopping literary agencies for my manuscript—the first of the many steps in the traditional publication process. The publication seems far off. With the discouragements, waiti