Sunday, June 28, 2009

Soulation Retreat around the corner!

Only three more days till our first Soulation retreat. Much has been prepared, much more still to do. Nine are descending our our mountain town refreshing their souls with conversation, the outdoors, and friendship. Our anticipation is high.

Heave upon this excitement and preparation our book project. Our editor sent us back our book to be edited and sharpened once again. This time, Jonalyn and I are doing it together, paragraph by paragraph. Each day we've spent about 4 hours to do 15 pages. It's slow, but very helpful work. The book is shaping up nicely. But couple that schedule and new deadline with the retreat and we've got very full plates.

We ask for patience as we work together. Working on a book so closely can frustrate us both, but we keep remembering the special opportunity to put our ideas into writing so better the world. We also ask for endurance as we carve out time this next week, giving all our guests our presence while also using our free time to edit, edit, edit. We will be exhausted come next Sunday, but rewarded. We also pray for an overflow of thanksgiving for our opportunities and the abilities to do seize them.

Our on the land, the forest consultants are working up our agricultural plan. All needed steps as we walk forward toward our plans for the retreat center.

I am continuing therapy... you can pray that the insights and honesty continue to flow. I'm in the middle of Scott Peck's book, "The Road Less Traveled." I'm stunned nobody has recommended this book to me before. It's a keeper, deeply resonant, and one you'd serve your own spiritual growth well by picking up (how's that for a plug in a prayer blog!)...

We look forward to sharing a good report for next week!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Big to Small

Tonight is our last night in our spacious home. We've been working so hard to transition over. Tomorrow a slew of realtors will be visiting our home to see if they'd want to suggest it to their clients. So on top of packing we've been cleaning, too.

Whew!

As we move into the cabin, sometimes it feels like everything will fit well, sometimes I feel like Cinderella's stepsister trying to get a huge foot into a small shoe. Will everything we need fit? Where? How? And perhaps we don't need to worry as much as just take it a step at a time.

Would you pray for our first night at the cabin, tomorrow evening? We'll be sleeping on a blow-up mattress and doing our best to sleep well. We're mostly excited :)

We felt so loved tonight when a dear friend offered to bring us our first meal tomorrow evening along with a visit with her girls. Thankful for you all who pray for us and help us through this transition!

More to come!
Jonalyn (for Dale)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Moving Into the Wild

Two nights ago I (Jonalyn) met a porcupine, a HUGE one on our land. It was about the size of a 40 inch TV, but much pokey-er and heftily raising it's quills. Our corgi, Lucy, helped me see him, but thankfully, she did not get too close to the hind quarters. The encounter makes both Dale and I very glad she is obedient when we called her sharply to "COME!". Afterwards, I felt all jittery about moving out of town into the great wild.

So I for your prayers for me as we make this move. Though that cabin is lovely, comfortable and very suited to our tastes, we're still "out there." And I'm not entirely comfortable with the idea of porcupines meeting our dogs nor the idea of bears and mountain lions prowling about. God give me strength for this new adventure.

Dale has "changed lanes" so to speak into a more committed endeavor to simplify his life and focus on writing regularly. Would you pray for him to build the discipline and long-endurance to put his thoughts into blogs, essays and book ideas?

We have been moving slowly and spending lots of time reading and writing. This feels blessed to us, we want to enjoy the leisure to develop more thoughts without the distraction of book deadlines or speaking engagements.

And, of course, our home continues to sit on the market. We await God's plans. Meanwhile, we also await the county assessor's office to grant us agricultural status on our land that we move to. If we find favor in their eyes, we will have more funds to build the land. Would you pray for Routt County's favor?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Moving on

This last weekend we sent our fully edited manuscript of Coffee Shop Conversations off to our editor to finish up. While we know there will still be a final read through, we felt a huge amount of satisfaction knowing we had finished well. The editing was grueling last week, but each day we had moments of rest, a walk, a walk to get mail, a good movie to relax to at least for a few hours each day.

We both felt your prayers. I (Jonalyn) felt really thankful that I didn't feel as stressed and frustrated as normal. Dale put in an additional read through the entire book before sending it. We think the work will pay off as we've given the manuscript the best that we have in ourselves, at this time. Thank you for helping us finish.

Now it's out of our hands for awhile and we're cheerfully turning toward moving to our cabin this month. We ask your prayer for
  • wisdom about attaining agricultural status on our land. We need favor in the eyes of the assessor board to make this happen.
  • deep contenment about our house remaining un-sold
  • wisdom about what to do with our house:drop price? continue waiting? get renters? We need God's guidance about what would be the best move. Pray that he would guide us.
Our times with our house church in town have been particularly rich lately and we feel nourished and thankful to live here in Steamboat. We very excited to be moving into our little cabin.

Happy Summer!