Updating on Life
This picture has nothing to do with anything. I just love it. Isn't it so vintage-y? :) I haven't blogged since January. WHAT? So funny, it doesn't even bother me. It would have at one point in my life. When I thought this was "it", I would have hyperventilated if I went this long without posting something. God has a way of changing our perspective, though.
I no longer worry over a lack of provision.
You are all so sweet, too. Some of you have asked me if I'm still blogging and if you've missed them...truly, I'm always surprised that you even remember this little corner of the web. :) Thank you.
Truth is, I've been busy. I finished my novel (#allthepraisehands). Guys. I FINISHED A NOVEL! It's so great, and I don't mean "I'm so great". I mean, it's so great how God just opened up a vault inside my heart and this story came pouring forth. I just can't wait to share it with you. In fact, I've been asked when and where it will be available. Well, I don't know yet. Yes, I could go the self publishing route, but Jesus made it quite clear that He wants me to go the traditional route.
I think He wants me to watch Him make a way where there is no way.
So, stay with me friends. When that day comes, and you hold this story in beautiful book form, we will all celebrate...with chocolate covered strawberries and fizzy water! :-D
I've been busy immersing myself in the inner city of Phoenix, too. I've met some warriors who take Jesus to girls on the streets, and I've been overwhelmed by it all. It's changing my life, in ways I can't begin to explain. The greatest surprise in it all is that I feel even closer to Jesus. Yep. He abides in the dark places. He walks the streets, seeking lost, broken souls. I'm honored to walk those same streets, in his footsteps. I can't begin to fathom all God has in store, but it's big...I know that.
I've also been given multiple opportunities to preach, lately! I could say "speak" but after last weekend, it's pretty clear that Jesus has turned me into a fiery little preacher girl. I love it. I can't believe I didn't think of this dream for myself, because it's just so perfect. I love words. I never run out of words (my husband can confirm that). I'm glad to see that all my jabbering can be put to good use. Writing and preaching. YES!
My little chickies are doing good! We only have 23 days left of school. Bless Jesus. 23. Days. I'm giving them the whole "finish strong" and "push through" bit, but I will just tell you all...I am done with all the things. Done with lunchboxes and 6 a.m. and homework folders and early bedtime. I can smell the bbq and sunscreen and taste the lemonade on my tongue.
Summer, I'm coming for you.
If you follow me on Facebook, you know that we did Disney this spring. So fun. SO FUN. It was everything everyone says it is. Magical. I may or may not have been giddy when we met Cinderella. ;-D Because of that, we don't have big travel plans this summer. In fact, it's the first summer in seven years that we don't have some kind of huge trip happening. I'm okay with that. We've been marathoning (I know that's not even a word) it since January. I think a slow Summer will be perfect.
My munchkins are having birthday in the next two weeks. I can't even. My firstborn will be ten. TEN. She's basically graduating next year. How can this be? She was JUST born like two days ago. ;-0 My baby will be seven. It's just going so fast, guys. So fast. I am loving this season, though. They are growing little personalities with opinions and mannerisms. Game nights are hilarious and traveling together is SO FUN! Hormones are rearing their emotional head, but it's cool. We've got a good daddy to calm the raging sea of a house full of girls and I have a sense of humor.
As long as we keep laughing, I think we will make it to the other side.
So, there you have it. Jesus is doing so much. SO MUCH. He has much in store, too. I believe that deep down in my bones. He's given me a mission to speak life to dead places and to stir up His people for His kingdom. I am amazed at what He's doing...and that He is only just beginning this work. No one can fathom the dreams God has for us. :)
Hold tight to Jesus, friends. Even when it's stormy and uncertain. Just DON'T LET GO OF HIS HAND. He is guiding you to a safer place, a place where fruit grows, where life hums all around. He is leading you to a place of rest and wildest dreams coming true. I've been on this journey of discovery for almost seven years now, and I can tell you, faithfulness pays off! Don't quit when it's hard, don't shrink in fear. Jesus will provide and you will discover so many good things in Him. We aren't called to spectate. We are called to participate, to pick up our swords and fight the good fight!
I'm in a season of much harvest, but this season comes only after much uprooting, tilling, planting and nurturing. Jesus knows what you need, and He will be faithful to lead you, if you will let him. He's got big things in store for you. Bigger than you can think up.
Hold his hand and dream with Him.
He will be faithful.