This week I took lots of pictures and stuff and not many pictures of people. My people were busy and moving around a lot. 🙂 My stuff sat around in lots of piles as I pushed through the resistance (a term from Steven Pressfield’s book: Do the Work that applies when you’re writing or doing anything creative and you hit a wall. It could be the wall of fear, or perfectionism, or distraction, but whatever it is, it keeps you from doing the real work.) and finally made more progress on my book proposal. I have a time line in mind (finish proposal in October, agent shares it with publishers in Nov. and Dec., work on writing the actual book Jan-June, be done by the time the boys are out of school) and I’m praying it works out to at least close to what I envision!
- I shared a link earlier in the week, but if you missed it, I was at (in)courage this week sharing fall hospitality ideas. The community there was so supportive! It was fun to read the comments and interact with new people on Twitter.
- I was also at Key Ministry sharing Five Qualities the Best Special-Needs Ministries Have in Common.
- I’ll be sharing more about this next week, but registration is open for an e-course I’m leading, From Blog Series to Ebook. The course will take place Oct. 24-28. It’s free this time (I’m hoping for lots of good feedback and plan to charge in the future).
- Jen Wilkin wrote about the dangers of just getting your Bible reading through your Instagram feed in The Instagram Bible. “If the Prosperity Gospel offered us all the things, the Instagram Gospel offers us all the feels. It preaches good news in part, but we need the whole. It may move us in the moment, but it cannot sustain us through the storm.”
- From The Gospel Coalition, How Jesus Maximized His Season. “Just as Jesus submitted his schedule to his Father, so we ought to resign each aspect of our lives to his perfect plan. It’s not about doing more or less to ‘maximize your season’; it’s about submitting to the One who gives—and refuels—new hearts, the Master Scheduler who calls you to be more faithful than innovative.”
When the resistance hits, I usually find distraction in books. This week I read Crooked Kingdom and more of Deep Work (not going to finish this one, but I read enough to be able to apply what I learned). When I updated my reading list for the year, I noticed there wasn’t much nonfiction on it. So I ordered She Reads Truth, Humble Roots, Befriend, and The Road Back to You.
From my Bible:
While praying for those in the path of Hurricane Matthew, I read
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
This weekend our church plant is offering free photo sessions for special needs families. We had 20 sign up, so we’ll have two photographers (one being a professional and one being me). We’d appreciate your prayers for the event and for the families we will meet! Lee is doing some training with another church plant on their small groups. David has hours of play rehearsal. James and I will probably play outside a lot. Should all be fun! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!