I’ve just come home to roost after nineteen days on the road, preceded by our son Nate’s Iowa wedding to his sweet bride Allison, and my husband Dan’s rotator cuff surgery. So my life’s been more than a little crazy. But God’s brought blessing after blessing, and it’s still pouring down.
Ten weeks out from surgery, Dan continues to be frustrated with numbness and loss of sensation in his fingers. The shoulder is healing well, but we’d appreciate your prayers for fingers that still are causing considerable discomfort.
What can I say? Nate was the most handsome groom and Allison was the most gorgeous bride I’ve ever seen, and I’m not even biased! The wedding was beautiful; we were blessed to have family with us from Texas, Michigan, New York, Washington, and all corners of the nation.
New Opportunities: Daughters of Destiny
Daughters of Destiny is the nation’s fastest growing women’s prison ministry. It is also the nation’s only full-circle prison outreach, discipling women behind prison walls and partnering them with mentors and Bible-believing churches when they leave prison.
It’s my privilege to be part of the Daughters of Destiny national speakers’ team. I conduct seminars on my book The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk in women’s prisons across the nation. In each prison where I speak, I leave approximately 100 copies of my book for inmates to share and study. Thousands of women in our nation’s prison are hungry to be discipled in their walk with Jesus Christ and to learn how to live victoriously both behind prison bars and in the outside world.
Through Daughters of Destiny, I have an invitation to present seminars on biblical principles of self-talk in women’s prisons across the nation. The cost of books for each visit is $800, not including travel expenses. I’ve asked God to provide financial partners to enable me to present seminars in several states this year; in each state I visit, my goal is to be the best steward of the travel time and costs and make multiple prison stops.
This past week I was privileged to speak in both the Ohio Reformatory for Women and the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Ohio with Mel and Annie Goebel, founder and president of Daughters of Destiny. We were blessed to see a rich response among the women in these facilities as the Word of God was presented.
Please pray with me as I seek partners to help sponsor the needed books to go into each prison and conduct these much-needed discipleship seminars.
Daughters of Destiny founder Mel Goebel; Annie, his wife and DOD president, and me.
Music for the Soul
The Dignity project for caregivers, under the creative development of founder and director Steve Siler at Music for the Soul (musicforthesoul.org) has reached an exciting stage of development. All but one song has now been written, and the spoken word pieces are in the process of selection. The recording process has begun, but we are continuing to seek financial partners for the bulk of the costs.
One particularly exciting piece of news is that the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving has expressed interest in endorsing the project, which would mean gaining a stamp of excellence from the nation’s foremost caregiving institute.
Please pray for Steve and the Ministry of Music for the Soul as they continue to press ahead for needed funding. Individual song sponsorships are available, which include the unique opportunity to memorialize a loved one or caregiver through the Dignity project.
New Books and Speaking
I’m continuing to work on a new nonfiction book on motives and have had the opportunity to speak on the topic at several seminars across the country. I’m excited to see the response, and the input of participants in my seminars is shaping the content as I write. I’m also plowing ahead on a new fiction title that’s stretching me in new directions. For the past few months I’ve also been involved in a media blitz that’s kept me on the radio on stations across the nation. It’s been exciting to visit with callers and to communicate my passion for caregiving and renewing our minds through self-talk as I have the privilege of speaking to listeners from every corner of the country.
I’m looking forward to upcoming speaking opportunities throughout the nation. And be sure to watch for my updated website—soon to be hitting the internet.
Looking back over the past several months, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to God for so many things—family that loves and supports one another and trusts the good and gracious God who gives all good things. And I praise God from whom all blessings flow, thanking Him for every opportunity to write, to speak, and to share His overwhelming love and faithfulness.
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