Suzanne Davis Harden
“God made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.” ~Psalm 146:6 (NLT)
WOMP is my pet name for Wings of the Morning Publications, LLC, the greeting card company the Lord led me to start in 2009.
Writing and illustrating children’s books had always been my dream. Running a publishing company, or having anything to do with managing my own business was far down on the list of things I felt qualified for or could ever be competent in.
But God does not ask that we be qualified to do something that He assigns us, just that we trust Him. When the Lord leads us to step out in faith and do something we don’t feel competent in, it is very humbling. All of my professional training was in the visual arts and writing, not business.
“We live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
I earned my college degree in writing and illustrating for children and wrote and illustrated several books for my own two children when they were little. I worked as a freelance illustrator for over twenty years, illustrating for various publications.
I have always loved to create cards as well as books. Any time anyone was ill or needed encouraging, I would create a special card for them.
After many years of creating so many unique cards, a couple of friends encouraged me to start my own greeting card business. I wrestled a long time in prayer over this important step.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” ~ John 10: 27
The Lord showed me He had a plan for my cards as well as my art and books.
“I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. 12 Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11-12 (ERV)
In 2009, the Lord Jesus did something amazing in my life. He began giving me music. This was something else I was not competent in at all, having quit piano lessons in the third grade. It was as if the Lord was suddenly asking me to do everything I knew nothing about and to trust Him completely. After having worked so hard to become a professional artist and become reasonably competent, the Lord was asking me to lay that on His altar and follow Him on this new path and be willing to be humble.
“You are my friends if you do what I command.” ~ John 15:15
I prayed fervently, begging and pleading with the Lord about how He had the wrong lady, to please remember how I had always been a visual artist all my life, never a musician, nor even wanted to have anything to do with the performance arts.
Here again, the Lord exercised great patience and mercy upon me and showed me that I must just trust Him and believe that I was anything He said I was. He asked that I walk by faith and be obedient to all that He asked of me.
“ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6
The Lord began to give me prayer songs. Soon I began to sing. My family was just as baffled as I was. My sister asked, “So where did you get that voice, how come you can sing now and never could when we were kids?” I told her that I believed God had given me that voice because He wanted me to sing for Him. But as to why, I could give her no reason for the Lord had only asked me to trust Him and walk by faith.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.” ~John 13:7
Soon the Lord began to give me beautiful piano solos and other types of music. I found I could play several musical instruments as the Holy Spirit led me. All of the music comes from the Lord. I can do nothing apart from Christ.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” ~John 15:4
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
My faith in Christ informs everything I do. After much prayer, (for I was filled with many doubts and fears) I started WOMP, believing God was saying to me that I could not fail because He was with me and that He was love and “Love can never fail.” ~1 Corinthians 13:8
“…for God is love.” ~ 1 John 4:8
All of the cards I had ever made before had been motivated by love and so now the creation of my company would be motivated by love too: the love of creating cards, prints, books, and music to encourage people.
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit…”~ John 15:16
Though I never dreamed I would ever in a million years be a musician, by the grace of God I now enjoy writing songs, composing and recording music that is encouraging, meditative and peaceful. All of my music is inspired by my faith in Christ and the Scriptures.
” For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13
Though I never would have dreamed I would have started my own publishing company, we’ve now published illustrated books, ebooks, as well as Fine Art Greeting and Encouraging Cards, An Encouraging Scripture Art Calendar, Fine Art Prints, and seventeen Prayer Song, Hymn, and Meditative Instrumental albums. All by the grace of God and for the edification of His people.
“We should think about each other to see how we can encourage each other to show love and do good works… we need to keep on encouraging each other.” ~ Hebrews 10:24-25
I am married to a wonderful man named Mark; we have two beautiful adult children who are each married to great spouses; and we have two very precious grandbabies and an adorable little Yorkie named Miss Phee.
I praise our merciful loving Heavenly Father for my family; He daily showers upon each of us His measureless mercy and grace.
“It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” ~Lamentations 3:22-23
I try through Christ’s strength to walk by faith and take one day at a time and trust that God will not fail me no matter what comes for “Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)
Having suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 2006 which often produces debilitating migraines, I know what it is like to have to work within the boundaries of a less than perfectly healthy body. But God’s word promises us that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13.) And the Lord Jesus told the Apostle Paul, ” My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The Lord has never failed me. He has always given me the strength and enabled me to accomplish every task He’s inspired me to do. He is the Foundation of my life and the inspiration for everything I create. Jesus told His disciples, “Abide in Me for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
I know that if it were not for Christ, I would be able to do nothing at all. Historical novelist Lana Higginbotham wrote, “God designed each of us with talents for an eternal purpose.”
My greatest desire is that all of the talents that the Lord has invested in me would be used to glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reveal His love and light to people.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore *glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20
*Glorify~ The Thayer Bible Dictionary defines the word Paul used for glorify as “to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate; to honor, to make renowned, to cause the dignity or worth of someone to be acknowledged.”
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http://www.etsy.com/shop/WingsPublications Visit Suzanne’s Etsy Shop where you will find her encouraging Fine Art Greeting Cards, Prints, Books, Children’s Art, and Music CDs.
http://peacefulprayersongs.com Follow this link to Suzanne’s Music Website to listen to her original Peaceful Prayer Songs and Meditative Instrumental Music, Art, Poetry and Encouraging messages of hope.
Suzanne’s Illustrated Devotional Books, “Paths of Peace” and “Paths of Love” are available in ebook format at Amazon.com and everywhere ebooks are sold on the internet.
They are also available in her Etsy Shop in both ebook and a beautiful softcover print format. Follow this link to find out how you can get Suzanne’s illustrated prayer songbooks: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WingsPublications Look under Shop Section “Books.”
The companion Audio CDs are also available for “Paths of Peace, Songs of Love & Peace,” and “Paths of Love, Songs For Worship and Meditation” at Wings Publications. The books feature all of the comforting lyrics to the prayer songs on the albums, as well as the scriptures that inspired them. Each song in both books is illustrated in full color.
May the Lord be glorified who made both books and albums possible!