I never planned to write a book.  Here’s how it happened.

Last year I completed teaching a year-long series for my Sunday school kids.  It happened to be the same series that the teacher before me had already taught them.  Funny thing was, they didn’t even know it was the same series of lessons that they already had!  We had a great time with these lessons, but now it was time to move on to something else.  I made a suggestion box for the kids to suggest anything they wanted to do in Sunday school.  And even things they never wanted to do again.  Over the next few weeks I read their suggestions:  play musical chairs, eat suckers, … and then this one:  Teach us about Creation and Evolution.  In school they teach Evolution as fact.  We want to know about Creation.

I got right to work.  I wrote a three-month long series about Creation and Evolution.  We began by going outside and looking for evidence of a Creator.  Then I encouraged the kids to continue looking for evidence all week and throughout our series and share what they found on Sundays.  They did.  In fact, one girl brought in so many things that I just let her teach the class that day.  That was so fun!  Then a boy shared about how a bumblebee should not be able to fly because its body is too big and its wings are too small, but it does fly.  We learned so much together during those three months.  By the time we were finished, we had made a newspaper to share with our church and even had a chance to kindly defend what we had learned with a new friend in our class.  And I enjoyed watching the children get so excited to learn about God and His Word!

Time went on and later I was reading a book that mentioned that bumblebee.  Hmmm…  That is so neat how God created the bumblebee to fly.  I thought, if God had a plan for a simple bumblebee, then just imagine the plan He has for me and the kids that I teach and everyone!  We are created in the image of God.  God knows us and wants a relationship with us.  I had to share this with all my kids!

It was spring time and my Good News Club fifth graders would soon be leaving club to go to middle school.  And my sixth graders in Sunday school would be going on to youth group.  They had to know that they are so special to God and that He has a plan for them.  I wanted them to continue to live for God as they moved on to middle school.

As I went to bed that night I had an idea.  The kids love to hear my stories and they really learn through the Bible stories that I share with them.  I always keep a notepad by my bed for all those things that I need to remember for the next day.  That night I began to write more than just my usual one or two notes to myself.  I wrote pages and pages of notes.  My husband jokingly asked me if I was writing a book.  That was so funny!  I guess I was!

The next day I sat at my computer and typed.  Buddy Bee was born!

I read the story to my Sunday school kids and they loved it.  I was teaching a combined age class of elementary kids so it was really fun to have all of them enjoy the story, laugh when I wanted them to laugh and even understand the Biblical truths that I had woven through it.  So fun!  I couldn’t wait to share it with my Good News Club kids – also a large group of mixed ages.  But I really wanted some pictures.

I had seen artwork by Hannah Segura.  What a talented young lady!  I asked her to draw some pictures for the story so that I could share it with my Good News Club kids at our end-of-the-year party.  She said that she would!

More time went on and people suggested that I publish the story.  After some time I decided to contact a publisher, Hannah agreed to be my illustrator and now the book will be out soon.

My hope is that the story will draw kids and their parents closer to God and to each other and encourage them all to love God and live for Him.  And, of course, share the good news of the gospel.  Parents can use this book to start some great spiritual conversations with their kids at home.  You’ll have to read the story to find out Papa’s plan for Buddy Bee!

Enjoy “Papa’s Plan for Buddy Bee!”

Here is the link to the Facebook page for the book:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Papas-Plan-for-Buddy-Bee/313873945310948?sk=wall