Dear Presence-seeking family,
I love you all so much and appreciate you. Just wanted to say that first. Big hugs all around!
So many of you have emailed me or left blog comments lately saying that you're praying for me and my family. THANK YOU. We sure need it, and I want to thank you for that.
Since I'm overdue for giving you a ministry update anyway, I wanted to provide you with an update today and ask for your prayers regarding some specific things. I hope you don't mind? Will you lift us up in prayer?
So first I'll share a brief ministry update, then a personal update, then prayer requests, and then, last but not least, a BABY UPDATE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Brief ministry update:
January and February were challenging months for me personally due to the birth of our son on Christmas Eve, but the Lord worked mightily through this blog to draw people to Himself anyway.
Here are some highlights:
In January and February, we saw 159,601 and 152,393 pageviews per month on this blog, respectively. I thank God for every one of those opportunities to reach people for Him.
We launched our new blog, Over Not Under, which is all about health, wealth, home, and motivation.
Most of the posts that are up so far on that blog are about Biblical finance, and they even include prophetic words and teachings! Please check out Over Not Under if you haven't already done so. The Lord has been sitting on me heavily for this project, and I believe it will bless you.
I also released my new, FREE ebook, 15 Prayers for Financial Increase.
The material in this ebook is not available anywhere else, and the ebook itself is available free to everyone who signs up for free email updates from Over Not Under.
That ebook was a labor of love that took months to write, and it's already been distributed free to over 1,000 people! We're already getting testimonies from Papa's answers to the prayers in that book, too. Glory!
I spent quite a bit of time the last couple of months organizing the Rosh Hashanah Inner-Healing and Vision-Getting Retreat as well.
And yes, THE RETREAT IS ON! Please come and join us September 9-12 in Cleveland, Tennessee. It's going to be so powerful.
We also hosted two webinar/ministry times about healing from father issues.
These were incredibly powerful, and many people were healed and set free.
I also did quite a bit of mentoring; some volunteering to help local pastors and also serving in my local church; and spent a significant amount of time dealing with year-end accounting and federal and state reporting/tax issues.
The best part of the ministry update …
… is that we received a ton of testimonies about how the Lord used this blog to bless and equip people. Pick a post, any post with comments, and you'll read incredible testimonies of the Lord's work. I am so grateful. We are really focusing on discipleship and mentoring this year, so it warms my heart to see what Papa is doing.
We also hired a virtual assistant a couple of months ago to help with Pinterest.
Pinterest is a big job, and we get a lot of readers from there. But it's been hard for me to keep up with because it has to be done every day, consistently. Our new virtual assistant is a retired pastor's wife who loves the opportunity to participate in ministry online, and she's doing a fabulous job. Our Pinterest traffic is up and it's a huge amount of stress off me. Thank You, Lord!
And now for the prayer requests:
I'll share ministry prayer requests first, then personal ones.
Please, please pray for this ministry in the following ways:
- Ask the Lord to get this blog and all our materials to the right people, in the right place, at the right time for Him to use these resources powerfully in their lives.
- Specifically, pray for blog readership to expand to over 10,000 pageviews per day. We have over 10,000 people on our email subscription list, and I'd like to see every one of you engaged and reading the blog.
- Pray for protection of our websites and social media accounts.
- Ask the Lord to bring all the people to OverNotUnder.com who will be blessed by teaching about practical life.
Also, pray for our finances.
The Lord has always provided, but it definitely takes prayer on our part. We are living by faith. Our expenses are growing as our readership is really expanding rapidly.
We are trusting the Lord to provide for our expenses every month plus wages for me–wages which come with lovely things like payroll taxes. (All the business/ministry owners out there, can I get a witness?)
I have to admit I got scared when we hired an assistant and started having to pay payroll taxes. Both of those things are new territory for us. But fear is never from the Lord. So I've been soaking in God's perfect love, which casts out fear, and throwing myself on His grace every day. And He is providing, of course … and He's healing my heart deeper, in a new way that I didn't even know I needed.
Anyway, it's astounding how much God uses each of you to answer our prayers.
Your donations, partnerships, and product purchases are always timely, and God uses you to meet the needs of this ministry. He has never let us down, not once. He's tested our faith a few times, for sure … but He has never failed us and never will.
Thank you for being His hands and feet in this area. 🙂
Next, here is the baby update:
Baby Elijah is doing so much better. He is gaining weight and, although he's still not where we want him to be, he had jumped from the 9th percentile to the 30th percentile at our last doctor's visit this last Monday! He is a bouncy, cute little baby … the cutest, best baby on earth, I believe! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I shared a photo of him recently over in our free Facebook group, Presence Seekers Soaring. If you want to join us over there and check it out, you'd be welcome.
And finally, some personal prayer requests for me:
Friends, we are really grateful for everything God has done in our lives, and for everything (and everyone) He has given us. We really are.
Nevertheless, I am just going through a hard time right now.
I'm nursing the baby 8-10 hours per day, and sometimes more. He cluster-feeds, meaning he eats often. And for long periods of time. And he screams and screams if he doesn't get enough. So I put my computer on the other side of him and try to feed him with one hand and type with the other hand.
I love my baby more than words could say. I'm so grateful for him. But it's just a hard adjustment.
I'm also in a lot of pain.
My c-section incision had still not closed as of a week ago (11 weeks post-op); I'm not sure how it's doing today. My doctor also told me I have a sprained ligament in my pelvis, which explains why I was in so much pain during the last few months of pregnancy and am still in pain today. He gave me a brace that I'm supposed to wear for 90 days. And, I still have stress fractures in my leg from when I was pregnant.
And then of course, there is the sleeplessness that comes with having a newborn baby.
So I need God's help.
I throw myself on His grace every single day. I plead for His help, and He helps. He has always been faithful, even when I'm hurting or crying or going through a hard time in general. He is here for us always. And He always answers our prayer.
But if you also feel led to lift me up in prayer to Father, I'd so appreciate it. Here's what I'd like prayer for:
- For me to keep my eyes on Jesus and fix my eyes on things above, even when things feel discouraging sometimes right now.
- For me to see everything with a heavenly perspective.
- For me to be more grateful than ever before. (Giving thanks wards off discouragement! I'm working on being more thankful than ever already, but I sure could use the prayer support!)
- For the Lord to open up more windows of time in which I can work (e.g. baby's naps during the day), and wisdom to recognize them when they come.
- Pray for our son Elijah's health and safety.
- For our baby to sleep well at night, so my husband and I can sleep.
- For healing of my body: healing of the sprained ligament, healing of the c-section incision, and healing of the stress fractures.
- For Elijah to become a very efficient eater, so that nursing him doesn't take up quiiiiiite so much of the day.
- For me to have wisdom and revelation as I spend time with the Lord and try to write and teach each day.
- For a new-to-us, paid-for vehicle to replace my husband's car. It's a 2000 Toyota Solara with about 250,000 miles on it. It needs to be replaced badly. We are saving up, but we need the Lord's help.
Last but not least, please also pray for my mom. She has another broken vertebra in her back and is in debilitating pain. She's currently staying with us, but will be traveling back to her home in the next few days and will see a spinal specialist shortly. Please pray for her safety and healing.
Beloved friends, I love you all.
I wish I knew you all personally. I wish that all the thousands of us could get together and have a big group hug. Maybe we can in Heaven. But until then, please know that I pray for you daily. I pray for your relationship with the Lord; for your finances; for your marriages and jobs and blessings.
I love you all so much. I'm so grateful for you–for your reading, for your comments, for your emails and letters and help. I'm in tears writing this. I love you all very much, and thank you for who you are and what you do.
Much love in Christ,