I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God
so that you may know that you have eternal life. [1 John 5:13]

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Holy Roller Coaster Ride

I am feeling like I'm riding a roller coaster we rode on when we went to Disney World about 20 years ago. The entire track was inside - in the dark! You literally could not see when the next turn was coming, how far up or down you be carried; You could sure tell you were going really fast though!

I've never been a big roller coaster fan. I'm afraid of heights, so the downhill dives almost give me heart failure! God's had me on a roller coaster lately. It is just about as frightening as that Disney roller coaster, too. You see, once I obeyed him and published my book, He has enlarged my territory, expanded my sphere of influence, grown my "base" of readers and pumped me full of the Holy Spirit!

My last post shared how I will be giving $1.00 from the sale of each book to Just the Roof. On Monday I attended a meeting for Operation Community Kindness. I'll be taking over some blogging duties and probably writing/editing some content for the site for this promotion. I'm also going to be part of the team that works on compiling a book of stories from the participants. While I was waiting for the organizer to arrive so we could have the conference room unlocked, there on the table directly in front of me was a manual entitled "How To Start a Non-Profit Organization."

Can you guess where I'm going here? I almost checked out the book, but I uncharacteristically decided I would wait for affirmation and clarity. I've received it! I had lunch with a friend on Wednesday and I shared with her this had occurred. We got to talking about all the women we could minister to and all the ways we could spread the Good News--in other words, how our own individual ministries could be combined and enlarged to do even more to offer hope, healing and the love of Christ to even more hurting and broken women.

I know absolutely nothing about starting a non-profit organization. But I know a couple of people who do. I also know the public library has a really good resource I can read. I keep reminding myself I didn't how to self-publish a book until I tried it, researched it, stepped back and redid and retried it until I got it right. Not knowing how has never been an obstacle for me! I can learn how. I'm willing to learn how as long as it's what God is directing me to do. I think it is. Right now I'm going to pray--a lot. Then I'm going to pray some more.

I'm starting a national marketing campaign for my book and I'm going to include information about my speaking to womens groups. We'll see how it flies and go from there. The other two women who will be part of this undertaking are so gifted and bright and have such a heart for Christ. I am so grateful for their presence in my life and feel more and more the more I get to know them that we three were brought together for a divine purpose. You know how I feel about that!

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. (Isaiah 54:2)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:10)

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