Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Many Things

The sun has set on a beautifully, uncommonly warm day in Steamboat and Dale and I are feeling the first longing for snow. We have made some great progress in our book.

We thank God that our eye-strain is all gone. Dale's reading glasses, increasing our font size and regular breaks have helped a lot. We ask for broad, wholistic vision and excellent editing skills as this week we will be proof-reading the 1/3 we have written, our first batch to send off to our editor before Thanksgiving.

We made our first Soulation Fledge VIDEO EDITION yesterday on "How could a good God send people to hell?" Videos have been a goal for months now, so we're both proud that it's happened! Our video editor, Trevor, will be editing it for free broadcasting (we hope to put it on Youtube) hopefully soon. Would you pray for creavity for him?

We've begun having Soulation Business Meetings each Wednesday's over lunch, a committed time for us to bring up Soulation stuff to each other (which mostly means me making lists for Dale). We're getting much more done since beginning them, but also finding less time to relax, now. We're still finding our rythmn in our work load. Lately relaxing hasn't been making it on our schedule. Would you pray for us to find the courage to let some things go and really rest when we need it? Some of you have encouraged us to be really careful about not overcommittting. As we are in the process of writing, putting our house on the market, participating in an awesome house church, running Soulation and getting a cabin remodelled, we feel very, well, overwhelmed. We need to know what we can just let slide and be glad to be alive, together and loved by God and his family.

Tomorrow we drive to Colorado Springs for an interview with A.C.S.I.'s headquarters for their Early Christian Services. We each get 30 minutes and then a 30 min slot together. Since we'll be speaking mainly to preschool teachers, would you pray for us to be able to be practical and helpful as we share Soulation with teachers?

Glad you help us keep going!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Writing Begins in Earnest

Well today we plowed into writing. We felt energized and focused as we worked. Thank you for praying for our eye-strain (it's been better with regular breaks). this week please pray for
  1. Our grant application requests- Ellyn has been matching our needs with specific foundations (please pray for her today as she finishes that up). And we send out our initial inquiry letter this week. We need winsomeness and deftness in writing. Tomorrow we finish the letter, stuff and stamp and off they go. The response will dictate how many ways Soulation can expand next year. We ask for favor in their eyes.
  2. We have serious deadlines for our book coming up. Would you pray for us to remain fresh as we write. We want to write about how to share our faith without being accusatory, demanding or dry. We need the Spirit to be our Muse
  3. Our website has made enormous strides as Eric has been working steadily away with Joaquin and David. Daily, Dale is responding to ideas and fine-tuning. Please pray we might get the website LIVE by the end of this month.
Glad to be at work at home again!
Jonalyn and Dale

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Answers and Requests

This morning we wake up to more snow falling in Steamboat and our plates full of great things to do
  1. Would you thank God with us that we found a coder (our cousin, Eric) who has offered to help Soulation? YAY! We ask that God would give him, Joaquin and David the timeliness and energy to finish up our new web site THIS MONTH!
  2. Would you also thank God with us that our drive home was safe and no other mishap met us? We got home Monday evening and were SO glad to get our car under shelter. No rain/snow leaked through the torn roof. Three cheers for duct and packing tape! We're now beginning to start the process of getting it repaired, not easy or quick I'm afraid.
  3. Today we meet with Ellyn and Courtney to finish up our grant writing application request (stage 1 in this long process to ask for grant monies). Would you pray for us to be able to quickly get these requests sent off soon, for us to work harmoniously together with the limited, precious time we have?
  4. This is writing month! Dale and I have plotted times to just write and write away on our next book: Coffee Shop Conversations. Would you pray for our eyes? We're experiencing headaches and some eye-strain as we spend a lot of time behind our screens. We need to take breaks and still get this work done.
We value your prayers!