THE COLOR OF HOPE Available Now (& other news)!
I’m excited to tell you all that THE COLOR OF HOPE is now available in stores and online! [Caveat: if you are an e-reader, the April 2 release date may still apply.] I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support with each book release. You invest your time as well as your money, and I don’t take that for granted. Thank you, thank you for your show of love!
Every one of my books holds a special place in my heart, and this one is no exception. It was probably the most difficult to write. God ministered to me as I wrote . . . and prayed . . . and wrote . . . and cried . . . and wrote some more. But I don’t want you to think it’s totally heavy. :-) Stephanie is in the book, so you know there are many laughs! And there is a community of people with stories that will (hopefully) keep you entertained. But yes, there’s some heaviness as well. You already know I’m praying for God to use the book in each of your lives uniquely and powerfully.
I’ve uploaded a short video clip with a promo of the book HERE.
And there’s other news! Some of you may have seen the announcement on Facebook, but I always share more on the blog. :-) In November, after ten years at our former church, God led our family to a fairly new urban church plant in St. Louis—The Gate Church. The way He led us there is a God-thing in itself. And in the first couple of months, we saw prayers answered from more angles than we could count. Then, in late January, I was approached about helping to develop and lead a women’s ministry for the church.
When Pastor Kenny approached me, he had no idea that more than ten years ago, God had spoken to my heart through Jeremiah 1 that He was calling me to teach His Word. Pastor Kenny had no idea that as I wrote fiction, as I spoke with Women of Faith, as I blogged, and as I experienced various twists and turns along those roads—I was praying, asking God if I had truly understood that calling. I had sensed a deeper kind of teaching, an in-the-Word, life-on-life, shepherding kind of teaching.
More than a decade later, God used my pastors at The Gate to bring that to pass. Now, by God’s grace, we are moving forward. God has given our women’s ministry a name—“REDEEMED & RELOADED”—and a mission, to transform a generation of women through His Word.
It would take another blog post to describe the gamut of what I’m feeling. I guess this is the year of God doing a “new thing”—whacking my hair off, starting seminary, leading a women’s ministry. The latter is a sobering endeavor. I pray that my posture always is one of clinging to Him.
Is God doing a new thing in your life? Is there something you feel God has called you to, but you’re waiting for it to come to pass?