Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice Celebration!

Kids are sometimes the greatest example of God’s heart on the planet. When baby’s are little, they often cry in sympathy for other babies they hear crying. Just as often a giggle is contagious!

What a great example of the Word of God! It says in Romans 12:5, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”

Yesterday, we broke out the Kleenex box for everyone who was facing discouragement. Today we are going to celebrate with those who are rejoicing.

Time to put away the green eyed monster and whip that giggle into shape….time for a Romans moment.

Let’s rejoice with the Genesis Semi Finalists today by leaving encouraging comments for them! 

As Part of our celebration we will be giving away the following prizes:

*Sidewalk Prophets CD

*Chocolate

*Susan May Warren’s New Craft Book “Kiss And Tell”

*Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s “Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point Of View”

And here are the Genesis Semi Finalists:

Contemporary Fiction

Kimberli Buffaloe
Michael Ehret
Casey Herringshaw
Melissa Lewis
Michelle Massaro
Colleen Shine Phillips
Anne Prado
Will Schmitt
Sarah J. Smith
Chris Storm
Linda J. Truesdell
Brenda J. Young

Contemporary Romance

Cora Allen
Brenda Anderson
Jennie Atkins
Pepper Basham
Kimberly Buckner (double semi-finalist)
Tari Faris
Sarah Hamaker
Kara Isaac (double semi-finalist)
Ava W. Jenkins
Kimberly Johnson
Jessica Keller
Amy Matayo
Shannon McNear
Carol Moncado
Sherri Murray
Andrea Nell
Melissa Tagg
Cindy R. Wilson

Historical Fiction

Heidi Chiavaroli
Jessica Clochesy
Nancy Diekmann
Kathleen L. Maher
Christina Miller
Vanessa Morton
Rachel Neal
Leslie J. Payne
Sarah Thomas
Mary Kay Tuberty
Terri Wangard
Renee Yancy
Elizabeth Byler Younts

Historical Romance

Lance Albury
Whitney M. Bailey
Crystal L. Barnes
Karen Barnett
Debra Calloway
Brenda Carroll
Kay Chandler
Dawn Crandall
Barbara Curtis
Susanne Dietze
Terri Haynes
Lyndee Henderson
Kristi Ann Hunter
Melissa Jagears
Diane Kalas
Susan Anne Mason
Marilyn Rhoads
Christina Rich
Michelle Shocklee
Ginger Takamiya
Brenda B. Taylor
Brandy Vallance
Lanna Webb
Becca Whitham
Rachel Wilder
Lora Young

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Jerusha Agen
Rich Bullock
Christen Civiletto Morris
Joseph Robert Courtemanche
Randall Gannaway
Dena Netherton
Deborah Quigley Smith
Matthew Sheehy
Chris Storm
V.B. Tenery
Larry W. Timm (double semi-finalist)
Michael J. Webb

Romantic Suspense
Sally Bayless
Paula Boire
Suzanne Bratcher
Arlene Coulter
Normandie Fischer
Kelli Hughett
Lesley McDaniel
Carrie Padgett
Ellen Parker
Pat Trainum
Katy Vorreiter
Terri Weldon

Speculative Fiction

Caleb Jennings Breakey
Dennis Brooke
Jo Hall
Stephanie Karfelt
Carla Laureano
John Leatherman (double semi-finalist)
William Ramirez (double semi-finalist)
Luke Scott
Regina Smeltzer
Amanda G. Stevens (double semi-finalist)
Heidi Treibel

Women’s Fiction

Connie Almony
Brenda Anderson
Robin Archibald
Sally Bradley
Kathy Buchanan
Diane Chase
Emily Conrad
Susan Hill
Kara Hunt
Ginger Marcinkowski
Susan Miura
Rachel Moore
Christina Nelson
Julie Scorziell
Katherine Scott-Jones
Dawn Alicia Shipman
Amy K. Sorrells
Julia Toto
Pamela Trawick
Erin Taylor Young

Young Adult
Linda Abels
Sandra Barnes
Kathleen Freeman
Sara Goff
Glenn Haggerty
Mary L. Hamilton
Barbara Hartzler
Katherine Hyde
Teresa Lockhart
Rondi Olson
Rajdeep Paulus
Martha Ramirez
Chawna Schroeder
Sarah Tipton
Cynthia Toney

Leave Your Encouraging Comments Below.



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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

55 thoughts on “Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice Celebration!

  1. Thank you, Michelle! I wouldn’t be here without your help!

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Pat you are a fabulous writer! Congratulations on your success! We help each other on this journey. You’ve helped me too!

  3. Melissa Tagg says:

    Thanks for the celebration, Michelle! And so many congratulations and hugs to all the semi-finalists!

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    You bet, Melissa! I love the humor in your writing. Can’t wait to see what God is going to do in your journey! Congratulations!

  5. Casey Herringshaw says:

    Oops, posted twice by mistake. Sorry!

    Michelle, you are SUCH a sweetheart! Sure do appreciate you…thank you so much! 😀

  6. Michelle Lim says:

    Well, the more comments the better! You are welcome. Congratulations!

  7. Thank you so much, Michelle. Special congrats and hugs to Chawna Schroeder. You are such a versatile writer! And congrats to all of you.

  8. Cheering on all the semi-finalist! Way to go!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Amazing that 48 of these are My Book Therapy Voices…..Go MBT! And I know there are lots of you who have been mentored by others as well…ACFW is a great community of writers!

  9. Kara Grant says:

    I only know a few names on this list (Hi Casey! Hi Diane Chase!), but I want to wish everyone on these lists a firecracking,
    explosive, confetti filled, hallelujah chorused, MAJOR congrats on your status
    as a semi finalist (think the scene in Beauty and the Beast where the dinner
    performs that HUGE dance number for Belle her first night in captivity)!!!!!!
    You have ALL accomplished a tremendous milestone in your writing with this
    achievement and there’s no turning back now 🙂 Mighty blessings to each of you!!!
    I pray that you are all filled with the peace, favor, and creativity of God as you continue in your writing journeys 🙂
    Thanks Michelle for posting this, very nice!

  10. A hearty round of high-fives to all the semi-finalists!

  11. jeannemt says:

    Congratulations to all of you who semi-finaled! Truly am rejoicing and whooping it up for you! Way to go!

  12. Thanks Michelle. I’m honored by this celebration. God bless you for all you do for all the writer’s in your life. You truly are a gem among writers as well as the women of God:)

  13. Lisa Jordan says:

    Michelle, you have such a gracious heart! Loved that phrase–God’s heart on the planet.

    Congratulations to all the semi-finalists! Embrace this stepping stone on your writing journey!

  14. What great fun! Sometimes with my eyes set on a bigger, higher goal, I forget to celebrate the little successes. Thanks for the reminder, Michelle, and congratulation to everyone else who semi-finaled. I recognized several names–some whom I know personally, others only by reputation–and it is a great field of writers represented here.

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Celebrate the small successes, Chawna! You are a powerful writer with amazing imagery. You are such a hard worker chasing after your dreams…so glad to see you on the semi-finalist list!

  15. Thanks for hosting this party, Michelle. I’d be glad to contribute chocolate. 🙂 It’s fun celebrating our successes with others. Like Chawna said, I recognize several names, including a few I know personally.

    CONGRATULATIONS to all who semi-finaled. And congrats to all who had the courage to enter.

    • Michelle Lim says:

      That’s a fabulous idea!!!! Let’s crack out the prizes. I will pick a number between 1-50 and whoever gives that comment will win “Sidewalk Prophets” an encouraging CD…..My favorite song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI43xs2s9d8 by the sidewalk prophets. Brenda, you can throw in some chocolate if you like. Let’s plan on three prizes throughout this afternoon and evening. I will pick three numbers between 1-100. You can comment more than once if you like. Prize One: Sidewalk Prophets CD and chocolate Prize Number Two: Susan May Warren’s New Book “Kiss And Tell” Prize Number Three: Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s new book “Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View”….. Let’s get the party rolling. Anyone wants to throw in a prize, let me know.

  16. clearshoals says:

    Sorry if this is a dup. The first one didn’t appear to post.

    Thanks for hosting this celebration, Michelle, and congratulations to all the semifinalist. I’m in awe to be included in such terrific company!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      So excited for you, Kimberli! We Are giving out three amazing prizes throughout the afternoon and evening for those who join the party to leave comments….pass the word!

  17. lowcountryacfw says:

    Michelle, this is the sweetest thing! Thank you so much!! (and like Chawna, I recognize so many names on the list … congrats to you ALL!!!)

  18. Susan Miura says:

    Thanks, Michelle. What a great post, and so thoughtful. Can’t wait to see you at the conference.

  19. Michelle Lim says:

    So happy for your success, Susan! See you in Dallas!

  20. Brenda Anderson says:

    Michelle, I’ll gladly thrown in some chocolate!

  21. Brenda Anderson says:

    Michelle, I’ll gladly throw in a chocolate prize!

  22. Teresa says:

    Congrats one and all! We certainly need more high five fun in Christianity. I’m smiling already just reading the posts and I’m not even a writer.

  23. Regina Smeltzer says:

    What a surprise to find a party for us! Amazing. What an uplift. I will read name-tags and hunt some of you up at the Texas ACFW in September!

  24. Congratulations MN-NICEY’S!! That’s awesome!!

  25. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks for the high five, Jeannie!

  26. Pamela Dowd says:

    I’m so proud of all of the finalists. Great party, Michelle. You all deserve high tens. Let’s break out the chocolate mint malt balls. (I think it’s time to go to FL for another DT retreat.) Thanks for the invite.

  27. Beth K. Vogt says:

    Congratulations to each and every one of the semi-finalists. I hope you all take the time to happy dance and celebrate your accomplishment! Cheering you on!!

  28. Andrea Nell says:

    Looks like I’m late, as always. 🙂 Anyway, happy belated contesting to all who entered. I’m raising my glass (of sparkling grape juice) in a celebratory toast to all the semi-finalists! What an honor it is to be named among you!

    Michelle you truly have been gifted with the ability to teach and encourage. Thank you for the investment you make into my life and the lives of so many other writers! Blessings!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Glad you made it here, anyway! Thanks for the compliment, Andrea. So many people have given to me on my journey and I want to give back, so let’s all pass on the investment in each other!

  29. To all you Brave & Talented & Hard-Working Souls, I send a Hearty CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well done thou good and faithful (and disciplined) servants!!!

  30. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks, Patti for joining in the celebration!

  31. Thank you, Michelle! What a kind thing for you to do. Congratulations to all of the semi-finalists!

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