I’ve gone through many different seasons in my life, as you have too.
I’ve been a career woman, stay-at-home mom and work-at-home mom. I’ve been a football, band, wrestling, soccer and dance mom.
My life has also included seasons of ministry outside my home. I’ve been on worship teams, led a high school youth group, led in children’s ministry and been a part of lots of women’s ministry. There was even a season of public speaking.
However, through the last 15 years, writing has played an important part of my ministry. I’ve written hundreds of devotions and 10 books, some I’ve had the honor of co-writing. I’ve also had a chance to write for First 5, our Bible study app.
And now I find myself in a new season. One that’s taken me over a year of struggle to identify.
It really started a few years ago when I took on an executive director role at Proverbs 31 Ministries. There are five of us now who oversee the ministry under Lysa TerKeurst’s leadership. If you follow P31 at all, you’ve probably known that Lysa has been through an intense two years of challenges. Which as you might imagine, has meant that my responsibilities, and the other executive directors’ responsibilities, have increased.
I thought I could manage to continue my own writing and serve as an executive director. But at the end of the week, I find there’s not much left in me. Plus, because I work at home, 2000 miles from my P31 team, I’m alone a lot. So my own writing means more alone time, which has been hard.
I sought the Lord for a year about this, thinking (as I often do) that perhaps I could work harder or smarter to manage both P31 and my own writing.
But after over a year of wrestling, and wondering if I should even quit P31, the Lord confirmed that my season of writing is over, and my calling to P31 is confirmed.
I’m not sure if this is forever, but I know it’s for now.
So what does this mean?
It means I’m not pursuing any other books. While I’ll still write devotions for Proverbs 31, writing my own books is a huge commitment of time and energy – not just to write, but to promote. I still have books in print, and I’ll be doing my best to promote them, and share the messages that have changed my life.
The other big decision, which I’ve delayed and delayed, is shutting down my blog. Hence this last blog post for now.
I know some of you have subscribed to my blog for years. To a writer, that is truly a gift. That you would choose to spend some of your valuable time with me, means so much. My heart overflows when I think about the number of comments and personal emails you have sent to encourage me. They have blessed me more than you’ll know. Thank you. Thank you.
Merry Christmas, my friend. And again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and friendship on my blog.
In His love,
P.S. If you want to leave me any comments, click here. I’d love to hear from you! And I thought you might enjoy a recent photo of my family at my son Josh’s wedding – and his lovely bride Ashley. Plus my little grandson, who may or may not also play a part in my decision to pare down my responsibilities.