January. 2021. Each year in January don't you think about the next 12 months? I do. I think about possibilities, hopes, dreams and goals.
Who knew what 2020 would have held. As I grab a mask each time I exit my home I have often thought about last March or April.We had our ONE mask. Now we have five. We thought by summer we would be back to normal. HA. And then in July when everything spiked again we thought...by fall...then in Sept it spiked again. At that point I think we knew...it may take a while.
I admit to feeling a bit discouraged at times for all the common reasons: missing family, events, travel, places you like to frequent, etc. But then by fall I really began to feel discouraged about work. My ministry. Book sales dropped. Events were cancelled. How could I continue? I really needed to pray about it all. The holidays came and went and that was a busy time even though not quite the same.
January came and my usual goal setting mind couldn't rest. I have a friend in PA who has about 80 of my second book in her garage because I was supposed to come back to speak near her. She called and asked me a question, "To what end are you doing your ministry?" I think she meant with such a tough year, do I continue? But I kept feeling like every time I prayed I came up with the same answer. Lord, I still want to encourage people and I want them to hear the gospel. He gave me this path to follow that allows me to do this so I will do it, no matter how difficult, until He tells me no.
We recently moved into a new house and I was sorting books. I came across a book my publisher wanted me to read three years ago. "Platform - Get Noticed in a Noisy World". I thought "I need to put one foot in front of the other so I am going to read this book". I got out my highlighter and sat down. I instantly regretted not having read it three years ago. It is an amazing book! So inspiring!
As a non-techy person I often feel overwhelmed by all the things I need to do. That's one reason I have a team, mostly younger than me and more tech savvy. I am planning on starting a podcast soon and that will take a lot of learning. I appreciate your prayers in that regard. BUT I thought it will be a great way to share with those who need hope and encouragement.
This blog wasn't like my usual but wanted to get you all caught up and YOU will be the first to know when I start the podcast and I hope you all will listen. I am super excited about this venture! Just trying to find a great name.
"...so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved... Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be know to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:1, 4-7