According to God’s manual, the Lord admonishes us to: “Write down the revelation (or vision) and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”
A familiar, thought-provoking passage that is housed is Habakkuk 2:2, credit Authoress Denetria Gibson for applying such a Biblical command nearly three decades ago.
At the tender age of nine, for instance, there was Gibson, assembling an assortment of poems, a notable, enduring trend about which she continued to exercise for years, particularly when she had advanced to high school.
By then, she had evolved into a rather accomplished writer, one whom many of her peers could easily identify, thus come to embrace.
Boy, did they ever.
“I began writing poems for friends while in high school, and knew that one day I would become an author,” Gibson, a 1996 Pickens County High School graduate, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.
Consequently, after Gibson, a Reform, Alabama native, had left for my basic training and the United States Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina months after earning her high school diploma, she ultimately had been afforded with opportunities to tour the world, most notably North and South Korea, as well as China and Alaska.
Even upon returning to the states, particularly her native stomping ground, never did she lose her passion for writing.
If nothing else, it seemed she only devised ways to enhance her craft, the vision by which God commanded her to write down long before she had found her niche in this ever-so-evolving industry.
“After returning home, I still kept writing, hoping that I would one day become a published author.”
Fortunately for her, her long-waited hopes and dreams have come to fruition.
That’s because the 38-year-old Gibson, a devoted wife and mother of three “beautiful” children, effectively connected with the lifelong vision and divine purpose for which she was created, considering she published her first project in February 2014.
A little more than two years removed from having witnessed the finished project of her first published piece, Gibson has self-published and released eight books to date with another one currently in progress.
In addition, Gibson is writing a three-book series in conjunction with King Publishing Group and, just recently, she released a novel with them — all while taking online college courses through Grand Canyon University in which she ironically is majoring in English Literature.
In assessing the overall landscape of her life, particularly since she has steadfastly adopted writing as a lifestyle, of sorts, Gibson would be the first to tell you that persevering and navigating her way through life’s toughest of obstacles has greatly enabled her to connect with and birth the gift by which God has blessed her.
“After a lot of ups and downs, that dream came true in February of 2014,” Gibson, who has been battling epilepsy for the past 16 years, said.
Regardless of whatever hurdles and trials that have surfaced in the life of this vibrant woman of compassion, Gibson not realizes her purposes but, in turn, is helping others connect with theirs but, most importantly, she realizes more than anything the significance of why God admonishes His people to become guilty of applying Habakkuk 2:2 to their lives daily.
Because Gibson thought it necessary to write down her vision long before she fell in love with writing, it’s safe to assume she’s done just that.
And still does to this very day.
“I have been to places and seen (many) things,” Gibson said. “My family has been through its ups and downs. Sometimes, I feel like giving up, but I know that I have the support of my family motivating me, pushing me to succeed.”
Next up for Gibson: Her public appearances at regional book fairs.
“I know that in order for people to know me, I have to get out there and make it happen,” Gibson. “The thing that I want people to know is to surround yourself with people who want to see you achieve, keep God first, have faith, and believe that you have a purpose in life; you just have to make it happen.”
Not to mention write the vision down.
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