Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Oh, the Weather Outside

This morning was our first full day home from celebrating Christmas with family in Maine last week. We watched more and more snow fall outside on our balcony. Two feet this week alone.

Some wonderful opportunities await us here:
  • being more intentional about getting OUT. We plan to walk or ski more often to keep our bodies healthy. A Maine horseback ride reminded us of how out-of-shape we've become. Would you pray that we would choose to get outside, even in the snow, to take care of our bodies?
  • Dale is trying to finish a 6000 words section of our book, Faith and Friendship. He needs dedication this next week. Would you pray for his devotion to the task?
  • Jonalyn has recently been asked to participate in a video series on "Women in the Bible" for Zondervan. She has to choose the women she'll be presenting on in the next week. Would you pray that she would carve out time to think and pray about who to choose?
  • Two days we're taking OFF to celebrate Jesus's birth, our house church will be doing a Christmas Eve service. We are so glad the snow is falling outside!
Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

p.s.

Dale is feeling much better and that allowed him to take a few more steps on the website.

Update on the grant inquiries we sent out: so far only received 2 letters back, both sharing that they cannot give at this time. So we leave it in God's hands and wait for the others.

Our home has been "looked at "a few times. A sale in the current economy would be a huge deal for us. We await.. and in the meanwhile rest :)

A Fun-filled Day

We speak twice today, already once this morning to the local Christian school in town, tonight to a local church youth group. This morning we worked through their questions they had given us last time. It was so fulfilling as they listened and responded attentively. As we pulled away Dale said, "I love speaking."

We're thankful to God for giving us these opportunities.

We had our bi-annual Soulation Board Meeting Saturday and they helped us strategize and guard the things Soulation needs to do. God is good to give us such faithful, whole people to help us! The most important thing we need prayer for is:

To keep the major things (writing bi-monthly Fledges, our blogs, email correspondence, speaking preparation, time and space to write well) major and the minor things (Retreat Center, new videos, new website up, new Soulation initiatives) on the back burner. We'll wait on these things until after our book is finished. For now we are glad to focus on "Faith and Friendship."

As there is so much to distract us: criticism (as I type Jonalyn has a critical email to respond to in her inbox), social engagements, discord between us, appointments, errands. We ask that God would teach us more about rest for the remaining weeks of Advent.

We have a handle on our writing (this last week Jonalyn pumped out two great articles, you can read about food and gossip on her blog) and feel we need to rest, would you pray that we would choose this good gift from God?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Snow Falling, Fingers Tapping

The snow is softly falling outside and we are grateful for it's beauty and cover.

Much writing lays before us, but we are excited to get our fingers tapping on the keys.

Jonalyn is finishing up two articles one on "Finding Your Voice" to be featured for MOPS leadership magazine, Fullfill and another for Christianity Today's women in leadership blog, Gifted for Leadership. Both editors gave her some extensions to get them done as some unexpected things came up (Dale got sick and our car had to be fixed in Denver i.e. 8 hour drive today).

Please pray for Jonalyn to have the inspiration to write these well.

Please pray for Dale to recover (he's at 75%) and find the strength these next to days to tackle the part of our book on "Lost Words." He will be writing on the topics of "sin" "glory" "faith" "love" in the next few days. Would you pray his energy and health would match the ideas he wants to get on paper?

Our home is on the market and we await a buyer, expecting God to network for us. Would you pray he would have our home sell by Valentine's Day? From our limited viewpoint, that would be ideal for our transition out to the cabin.

Our website is coming along, it's been exciting to see our new Library get updated as we are coding for a better search engine. We are so grateful that you are praying for us and the site's workers. Dale needs energy to look over the major changes to the Library this week.

Thank you for pouring your love and prayers into us!