So here’s just a quick update so you know where I’m at with things at the moment. It’s been a bit quiet around on The Encouraging Voice site here and it’s not because I don’t have quite a few things banging around in this head and heart…
Summer. All of my hooligans are HOME. For as much as I get myself geared up about it each year it’s been quite amazing so far. It’s just getting easier every year as our little guy just turned three, is potty trained, and I’m not AS out of my mind keeping up with him. I started a MOBs (Mom of Boys) group/bible study a couple weeks ago and that’s been just absolutely amazing. I’ve taken extra kids for the day or overnight and I’ve managed to stay busy, somewhat picked up and clean, and have a bit of fun too! At least no one’s complaining that they’re bored yet. Lol.
SO…. there’s some business side of things I need to get wrapped up and then I can feel like I’m focused better and have less hats I’m juggling. There’s also some benchmarks and goals I set earlier this year that I haven’t met yet and that’s sort of bothering me. I also haven’t done a video or any portraits lately and I’ve been pondering that a bit. I think I’m going to start having one of you friends over while I record so that it’s a more natural speaking of my heart and voice. I’m trying too hard and I don’t want my videos to feel so edited and rehearsed. I want you to see ME. If I have a hard time looking back through videos I gotta figure out why and keep pushing forward. I have a vision and feel for what I want to communicate and how I want it to come across. So please bear with me as I continue to figure this all out. And please continue with your feedback. I love all of the notes and encouragements and updates! So thankful for the incredible things that are happening in your lives.
And we have friends that are moving to Haiti (for a minimum of 2 years) and that’s been more emotionally taxing on me than I had anticipated. At first it’s amazing, exciting and energizing! And now it’s getting close (less than two weeks now!) and all of the crazy emotions are starting to flood my heart. I am just blown away by their obedience and what God is doing in their life. Please be praying for Alex and Kristen.
So don’t stress about the things that you’re working towards. Lately, I’ve just been praying that the Lord would lead me day by day, and moment by moment, and that I would hear Him and be obedient in all of His good plans for me. Just one step at a time my friend.
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.