I have been longing for quiet times these days. Amid the flurry of preparations I am making for this week's She Speaks Conference, there are times when I have simply stopped and prayed. Though at times I have been overwhelmed with all that I need to have ready, and though I feel the pressure to take my "A" game, when I stop and quiet my heart, I get the sense that in some ways, God has spent years preparing me for this. In myself, I know I will never be ready. The work will never be quite good enough, quite complete enough. Life, and it's unforseen challenges will always be there to interrupt and ambush my focus.
Be still and know that I am God. That is the voice I had to listen to when the sheriff arrived at our door last week telling us that our daughter was in a rollover accident. Thankfully, she is fine but I don't think I need to tell you what that does to a parent's heart. I can hardly call it a "distraction." It was almost enough to cause me to stop writing. I lost some ground last week but with the encouragement of friends and a God who is for me, I got back on track.
The organizers of the She Speaks Conference have told us to have people praying for us. They said the enemy will come in a variety of ways to keep women from getting to the conference because it is a group of women who desire to share and speak His Word. When we got the news about our daughter, I could not believe that something that big would happen right now.
If you are at all familiar with my writings, then you know that I truly believe that God is faithful and make extra efforts to keep track of His abundant provisions. Through all the hectic, scarry and messy times this past week, my message is still the same. His grace is sufficient, and His faithfulness is great.
Would you be willing to pray for me this week? For strength, wisdom and clarity of mind and heart as I finish preparing. For traveling mercies (flying Thursday and Sunday). For favor with all those that I meet with, including a representative from Discovery House Publishing – Saturday, July 23 at 5:45. For final provisions in every way. If so, will you email me and let me know you'll be praying? I would gather much comfort and confidence knowing I am covered in that way. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your prayers!
Finally, a partial list of my gratitude after walking through the events of last week. I have learned that keeping track of His abundance takes me from stumbling to standing. Abundance is… a daughter found, a praying husband, faithful friends, patience to weather three days without air conditioning, courage to keep writing, BIG dreams, fresh ideas, presents for publishers, time with Betsy, and peace in spite of the storms.
Whatever your week looks like this week, I encourage you to find a quiet place, spend some quiet time and be sure to thank Him before you leave!