Ministry Update: Struggles & Strength

Dear Readers,

Sometimes I struggle with discontentment. Lately, it’s been a hairstyle/hair color thing. I know—really a useless and vain topic to dwell on. But real. So yesterday the Holy Spirit brought thoughts of contentment to mind, which these verses articulate:

“Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.” 1 Timothy 6:6, Nasb

“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Philippians 4:11

Amen. Thank the Lord, I’m not feeling as dissatisfied or impulsive today. God is answering my prayer for contentment.

He’s also reminding me about His focus: the heart.

“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Yet how, you might wonder, does any of this relate to my ministry update?

I’m planning to attend the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference on May 22-26. Of course, I want to look my best, which highlights my concern about my hair—yes, pun intended :). But as I turn my attention to significant matters,  I realize my desire for your prayer covering. If the Holy Spirit reminds you during those days, would you please pray with me?

  • I’m asking God to give me an agent at this conference—a huge request, yet He’s more than able
  • I’m seeking God’s direction regarding which classes to take and people to meet
  • I’m wanting to be a blessing as I interact with others

Thank you so much for praying as the Spirit leads.

I also struggle sometimes with a lack of motivation and passion when it comes to a particular writing assignment. Yet just this morning, God spoke into my weariness through an unlikely source, emphasizing a critical perspective: I don’t write for me. The words He provides are for you, dear readers. What an uplifting truth! God calls me to serve Him and others though written words—not for my benefit, but yours (I pray).

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

God often strengthens us in simple but profound ways. (Click to tweet.)

In other news, I continue to work toward publishing Alcanzando la Justicia. My publisher and I encountered a translation issue regarding the Bible verses although it appears she knows how to handle it. I’m waiting to hear back from my sweet translator, trusting God will work out this aspect.

And did you know? I’m writing a Bible study for moms and mentors, a resource we can use with our daughters—whether children by birth or daughters in the faith. I’m pretty excited about this project and plan to share more information next week in my “Moms & Mentors” blog post.

As summer stretches before us, perhaps we envision luxuriously lazy days next to glistening pools or on sandy beaches. Maybe we dream of refreshment in the magnificent mountains. Wherever, however,  I hope we rest as God provides, knowing in HIM we find the most satisfying rest.

At the same time, I pray we continue serving Christ with deep delight, for He has much to accomplish through us.

We are His body, strengthened by Him so we can reach out in love … for His glory. (Click to tweet.)

Much love in Christ,

Emily

 

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2 Replies to “Ministry Update: Struggles & Strength”

  1. Phoebe Rist says: Reply

    Hey sis,
    I will pray especially for you to connect with an agent!
    Love,
    Phoebe

    1. Dear Phoebe,

      Thank you oh so much!! I’ll keep you posted. Love you.

      In Christ’s love,
      Emily

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