I am checking in with you to say hello and let you know the next
issue of hopenotes will be out this week.
As many of you know, I've had a whirlwind of activities the last
couple of weeks. As of this morning, my parents are driving back
to Oregon, my husband is at work, my son, Josh, made it to his first
day of Vacation Bible School... and I am exhausted. Exhausted but
About two weeks ago my parents arrived. Then two days later my
mom and I flew from San Diego to Orlando, Florida. We attended a
Christian writers conference for women - AWSA.
(Amazing women!) Spent time in prayer, caught up with a friend of
my mom's I'd not seen in 5 years and we giggled all night. Then
Christian Retail Show began.
I signed books, gazed admiringly at Kirk Cameron signing his
new book about his faith walk (I read it in 2 days... wonderful!)
and I walked waaay too much.
I had the wonderful opportunity to also help with a book proposal
seminar two afternoons for Christian
Leaders Authors Speakers Services (CLASS).
I took a lot of prednisone, am wiped out, but joyful. My left hand
needs surgery, but now my right foot is barely able to take weight
on it and some part of the deformed bone moved last week, so I think
I will go get an x-ray for that and see what's going on.
But I am riding high from all of the ways I saw God work this week.
There were so many times that I literally "bumped into"
someone and it was a divine appointment. I had the best of intentions
to blog each night but was just too tired. In the next couple of
days I still plan to go back and blog the day-by-day so I can even
remember all the ways I saw the Lord work.
I will also be revealing the Invisible Illness Week logo this week
(cute!) and asking you to take a short survey about what kinds of
things you would be interested in ordering to share with others.
I know times are financially difficult for many people and only
want to provide what you will find most helpful.
And lastly... I was able to see a sneak preview of Fireproof
-- and it's awesome! I will be writing a review and telling you
more about how it can help you and your marriage when it comes out
this September at the theaters.
For now, I am going through about 600 emails, so if you emailed
me in the last week I will get back to your email this week I hope!
If you placed an order, it should ship tomorrow (Tuesday).
If you prayed for me... THANK YOU! I could not have done it without
your prayer support. Matthew 6:34 says, So do not worry about
tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough
trouble of its own. When travel and do this annual "marathon"
it's easy to get pumped up and so focused on what God is doing a
the event. Then I come home confused - wondering where to put my
energies, dreams, how to follow up promptly with new friends, how
to make sense of the opportunities God provided -- all while physically
wanting nothing more than a week of sleep. Please keep my own heart
and spirit in your prayers in the coming weeks-- that I can give
God the honor He deserves by making the most of His answered prayers
for my ministry, while also taking care of my own body and putting
my family above computer time.
On a bright note, the Christian bookstore owners were so glad to
know that Rest Ministries (and the book Beyond
Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend)
was available. Please continue to pray that we can open the eyes
of those who don't live with health issues to see the great benefit
or reaching out to those who do.
Thank you for allowing me to represent those of you who live with
chronic pain to the Christian publishers, editors, authors and more.
It's a humbling honor I do not take for granted
Rest Ministries Director and Founder