Here I go asking for you to keep me accountable and then no update for almost a month! Please accept my humblest apologies, but what a month it's been! Crazy busy, but all good!
Right after my last post, I served 5 days at the Touch The World training camp, teaching child evangelism and kids Bible stories to youth going on mission trips to Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Uganda. It was exhausting. And exhilarating. [btw- my son just got back from Uganda. He'll be sharing with you in the near future.]
I spent the following week preparing the message for our church’s Sunday morning sermon. I was week #2 in a four part series on John 11. We four each shared a different aspect of the raising of Lazarus story. My assignment - Mary and Martha. Click here to listen to the message for a different perspective on these two well-known women of the Word. Hint: “Martharization” [click on download, not streaming]
The following week took me on a trip to
visit my mom’s sister who has terminal pulmonary fibrosis. It was the living definition
of “bittersweet.” My aunt has survived 2 years beyond expectations, but it is
not without increasing difficulty. Despite that, my mom, sister, and I had a wonderful
time with our extended family. Hours were spent reminiscing, laughing, eating,
driving, eating, swimming, eating. Did I say we did a lot of eating? Please
keep my aunt and her family in prayer during this difficult time. Thanks. Phoenix
As for writing, I'm working on refining my book proposal which I hope to share with an interested editor or agent at the Philadelphia writers' conference in August. Looking forward to connecting there with blogging friends Jeanette Levellie and Susan Reinhardt. If you’re a blogger, maybe you and I will connect face to face one day! If you’ll be at the conference, please be sure to let me know.
Well that’s the latest news. I will tell you - after the writers conference and a [long overdue] family vacation, be on the lookout for the promised “i am” series featuring a wonderful cast of characters!
Still need that accountability though. It's so-o-o-o-o easy to get distracted.
Hope you're all having a fantastic summer! What's new with you?
And if you listened to the message - has your view of Mary and Martha changed? If so, in what way?