I hope you are having a blessed week. I know
that some days it can all seem like more than
we can bear. Those are the times I just hang on
and try to "choose joy."
I can't thank you enough for all the help you
gave me through Invisible Illness Week: the emails
of encouragement, the countless prayers, and even
the Re-Tweets or Facebook posts to help us spread
the word. Information on how to access the archived
programs is above, so don't forget that you if
you missed a program, it's not too late to go
back and listen. (Aren't "virtual conferences"
Since the conference I've had one word keep coming
back to me: Simplify!
been praying for a few months how the Lord would
direct our ministry, because I am tired. Tired
of working endlessly and feeling like life beyond
ministry is always in "Catch Up" mode.
I long to get back to writing and have a few books
half done. I would like to get to know some of
you who live here locally in San Diego. I want
to make sure our volunteers feel needed and appreciated,
but not overwhelmed.
1 day of feeling refreshed the doctor (the actual
doctor, never a good sign) called me at 6:30 p.m.
to tell me my chest x-rays had a "shadow."
No, Lord! I need more than a day! I waned
to scream. It was the exact day last year my hand
surgery was canceled due to cellulitis. It didn't
take long to remember the scripture, "In
his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord
determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9. Even
when we are seeking the Lord, how quickly things
can change to something we'd not planned on. Thankfully,
the next x-ray seems okay, but I am still learning
more about rheumatoid nodules in the lungs.Thank
you to those of you who prayed for me.
don't need to tell you simplifying one's life
is a "work in progress" but since the
conference I have been reading Marcia Ramsland's
book Simplify Your Life and praying about what
God would have me prioritize. I had a heart-to-heart
talk with my husband about doing more ministry
things together. I even got my son enrolled in
AWANAs and he is loving it!
taking baby steps, but here are a few things I've
done so far:
bought a big 2-inch thick planner/organizer.
I love technology, but who am I kidding? I love
sticky notes more and you can buy a lot of sticky
notes for the monthly fee of an iPhone. Our
theory is if it's not on THIS calendar it doesn't
cleaned off all the junk and old tags from my
made doctor's appointment that need to take
organized my son's school lunches and his homework
bought a cute little door hanger that you put
notes in to remember before you leave.
in trying to follow some of my long-term dreams,
I am asking you to contact me if you live in San
Diego and would like to try to plan a time for
a bunch of us to get together for lunch or something
(see blue box at top of newsletter) and I spent
a few hours reviewing what I've done so far on
my Christian mom with illness book. If you interested
you may want to sign up for the group to give
of you are in the midst of crisis and simplifying
your life has not been an indulgent choice, but
a way of life thrust upon you in an economic or
personal crisis. I read your posts and I pray
that God will provide comfort and peace, and not
just spiritually, but physically too. I don't
understand our world and why some must suffer
more than others. But I thank you for allowing
me to share my journey, and I hope you always
know we want to hear about (and pray about ) your
journey too. I encourage you to join the Sunroom
to find others who understand.
is the blurb about the mom book...