Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Steps

Our lawyer meeting had to be moved to today. We will meet with Jeff in a few hours. Would you pray for us to remember all we need to ask him? We pray for a good, productive engagement with him. What we learn in this meeting will dictate so much of what we can and can't do with this land in the future.

We are grateful that God has directed Courtney to commit to helping Soulation with grant writing. We'll be operating on a trial basis, for both our sakes, for the next 4 months. Would you pray that God would continue to affirm her decision to give her time to us? We love her enthusiastic willingness.

Website continues to move forward. Joaquin and David have to find a way to make a map feature and a chatting feature work for our new website. Would you pray for them to be directed to find the best programs to meet our needs?

Our Los Angeles home's buyer got approval for his loan and we are switching utilities to his name as I type. We'll be done with escrow within 2 weeks and that means onward for our Retreat Center. Thanks to God!

My laptop did not recover, though I did not lose any information, just a lot of time. Work is a bit slower with an auxiliary keypad, but Dale has ordered me another laptop (mine was due for a replacement anyways). Would you pray that it would arrive intact and the transfer goes smoothly for us to keep on top of our work?

My family comes to visit tomorrow and this will slow down our work. I want to enjoy the precious time with them. We are excited about their participation during our final Bible study, next Monday, as well.

God has been so good to us this summer!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Orange Juice, Coffee Shop and Adrien

Well, after sharing some of the harder stuff last week (and being encouraged by those of you who wrote to buoy me up), I have to let you know that today has been another one of those roller-coaster days.
  1. We have had some amazing connections this last week, from getting connected with a lawyer in town who we can drill with all our questions about non-profit retreats (that meeting is next Tuesday, please pray for us to make the most of the time to tap his--Jeff's--expertise), to having a young adult offer her writing skills to help us with some grant writing. We pray for her, Courtney, to be willing to assist us with gathering funding for our retreat center.
  2. Please continue to pray for Joaquin and David on the website progress. I cannot wait to unveil it to you!
  3. Still in escrow on L.A. property and waiting...
  4. This morning, we attacked a growing pile that had amassed during our splendid, much needed day of rest. Somehow while working busily away on emails and the new Fledge a book fell over, knocked my full glass of pulpy orange juice all over my desk, including my laptop. So today has been spent backing up all I can, cleaning up the keyboard and trying to get my keys to work. At the moment all work except "u", "i", and "o" rather important keys. So this is being typed on Dale's computer. Would you pray that I could get my laptop in working order by tomorrow?
  5. Splendid news that brightened us up quite a bit, as I sat hunched with a vacuum cleaner over my laptop, is that a major publisher wants our book "Coffee-Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Your Spiritual Small Talk" and is planning on offering a lovely package deal to get us going. We thank God for this opportunity. We cannot wait to get started. Please pray for us to have wisdom about choosing a good deadline for the finished manuscript. We want to do it quickly to get these ideas out into the marketplace, but we also want to do a quality job, fine-tuning our sentences and ideas.
  6. We also heard from our agent that our ideas are wanted and continue to be needed for the publishing world. This puts fresh wind into our sails. I've finally finished my 1st chapter for my book "Walking in Her Shoes" and am priming up the introduction this week. Please pray for us to begin switching gears soon to put all our efforts into "Coffee." We need persistent teamwork as we will write it together.
  7. Our friend, Adrien, is visiting us this week and working on a portrait of Jonalyn. It's an honor to have her and see her expertise in our Soulation office on her easel. We love working alongside her and to see beauty being created in her brushstrokes. I've included a picture of how far she's come just in this first day. We would pray that God would use our downtime together this week to encourage each other in the often lonely work of creating (her in logging hours behind her canvases, us in logging hours behind our computer screens).
Glad to be in the mess and craziness of creating!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prayer Requests

We have some fun news and prayer requests this week
  1. We've ironed out some communication problems with our web designers, David and Joaquin, who will be working like mad to get our website actually up and running within the month. Would you pray for them to focus on the essentials and meet their goal? We need to get the new site up sooner rather than later.
  2. We've recently found a large parcel of land that was available, affordable and attractive to us so we put in an offer on this piece of land in hopes of beginning a Soulation Retreat Center. The offer was accepted, we were granted much favor in the seller's eyes. And now we're now the proud, scared, excited owners of 100 acres, 20 miles south of Steamboat. Here's a picture of where we'll be moving within the year (from our current home in Steamboat to 800 sq feet) to begin dream-casting the details of this land we hope to invite many to find rest for their souls. We have plans for cabins, parsonage home with dining hall and meeting room, infrastructure, landscaping, new trails. We need prayer for we feel like we're 2 year olds who've discovered a Queen Mary. How do we run this thing?
  3. In spite of all the excitement, we feel the responsibility of these changes on our shoulders. We're trying to finish up selling our home in Los Angeles. We've found a buying quickly so we're in Escrow. Would you pray that we'd make it through this process soundly without compromising the value of our old home? We want to be able to use this money for the retreat center's beginnings.
  4. There are times in our lives we just feel crummy. Soulation, our writing, our work doesn't seem worthwhile and I can't find the energy to even ask for prayer. Yesterday was one of those days. Sometimes think I can sound like life and Soulation is all rosy, when in reality it's never all rosy. We'd ask for prayer as we face some of our Goliaths
    1. Dale will wrestle at times with wondering if he should even write his book on becoming appropriately human. He sometimes wonders if it's worth it, if it's all already been said, if his energy will find an audience. Pray for him to continue to persevere through those times, and that God would show him clearly how his message is valuable.
    2. I, Jonalyn, need wisdom to wade through the criticism and praise I regularly receive about her blog and her work. I need to know whose opinion to take to heart and who I need to listen to with caution. I don't want every critique to send me spiraling downward.
    3. We both need God's confidence to fill us!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Time Fleeting By

Would you pray for us this week
1-Jonalyn needs the time to push through her proposal for "Walking in Her Shoes" these next 15 days.
2- We both also want to be present with our family who is visiting us this week and enjoy the moments of being with them (including our nephew, who is growing big awfully quickly!)
3- We need God's assurance that he will not abandon or forget about us, even if we feel we're not working hard enough or fast enough.
4- We are in Escrow selling our home in Whittier, which will free up funds to begin pressing further in with Soulation dreams. Would you pray that if God would want us to use these funds for Soulation's growth we would not drop out of Escrow?

Thank you!