So I said I would be back sometime LAST week but well…
I wasn’t. Clearly. And I’m sure you were on the edge of your seat waiting for my return to the blogosphere.
The thing is, that Toth Ministries retreat I attended last weekend? Rocked. My. World.
In a very good and much-needed way.
One of my biggest takeaways was the internal need we all possess to worship our Creator and how this really doesn’t have to be on just Sunday mornings. It can be daily, several times a day, friends.
Maybe you knew this but me? Well, you all know I’m a slow-learner.
Much is stirring and changing in my ministries at the moment and while it’s a relief and I’m thankful it’s also a bit scary. Change, you know.
After two long years of He and I wrestling like He did with Jacob so long ago, I feel Him saying, “OK. Now.”
I get to write. Really write. And while I’ll still write here and very likely always will, it won’t be as often because it’s time to focus on two book proposals I’ll be presenting to publishers this summer at the She Speaks Conference.
So would you please pray for me, friends? That God will deliver whatever message He wants to deliver through me, that I will merely be His vessel, that He will decide how to get it into the hands of others whether it be through traditional publishing or eBooks or smoke-signals. I’m open to whatever He has planned.
Would you kindly give yourself a gift today? Would you please take a moment and listen to one of my favorite worship songs and watch the beautiful video? It’s a little over four minutes, but again friends – we need to worship each day. Consider this yours.
And it’s been a while so I must get back to counting my gratitudes because, well, they’re ridiculously abundant…Thank you, God, for:
671. Toth Ministries and their commitment to the Holy Spirit
672. Time with two precious friends in the mountains of Colorado
673. Taking joy in Him by sledding with my newly-found sisters – now when was the last time you saw a grown woman sled down a mountain?
674. Uninhibited worship
675. Fresh eyes to see
676. Those sweet DEPENDS girls in Denver – thank you for so warmly welcoming me.
677. Books that make me laugh so hard while I’m in bed that my husband gets mad at me for keeping him up – Seven by Jen Hatmaker is so worth your time, friends.
678. Your truth, Jesus. You are the only way. No exceptions. You make that abundantly clear. Thank you for that.
679. Mary Lou’s Donuts, why you gotta be so good? Don’t you know I have ten pounds to shed before I go on a much-needed vacay with my man?
680. Those beautiful things you make out of dust.
This week may you bask in the beauty He has made in you. Out of dust. Let your light shine, sisters.
How exciting. I will definately be praying!
Natalie! You make me smile. What a precious gift to hear your story, have you hear mine, worship alongside you. You are a beautiful woman and I’m so thankful for our time! Loved reading your blog! Excited for what is in store for you and for others through you!
I cannot get enough of this song!!!! Oh my goodness, I listen to this song over and over, my kids are like, “AGAIN?”, Actually I was anxious to see you back here, I did miss you (smile)
Thank you for the beautiful worship video this morning! I would like to know more about this vocal group. So my daughter is going to be an author? With those writing talents He has given you no doubt those yet to be completed books would be the next step! You Go Girl!!!! I love you
I will certainly be praying for you! I’m so proud of you! I have experience with editing (did it sideline in college for several theses and dissertations, plus FDA documents), so if I can help you, please let me know. I would be honored.
Love your list, sweet friend, especially:
674. Uninhibited worship
675. Fresh eyes to see
And the song, oh the song… It’s amazing!
Oh sweet sister how you blessed us with your visit here! YOU touched the hearts of women that night and they are still seeing the grace of HIM through you. May you be blessed on this new journey that HE has placed you on….. All for HIS glory Natalie…. all for HIM. I will stand patiently waiting to see the fruits of your combined labors. Blessings my friend!
I loved the video and I am praising God with you this morning. So glad to see your sweet face back at SDG and I am so excited for your writing. Amazing — can’t wait to see you fly.
I am new to your blog. How exciting for you and may God’s Spirit provide just the perfect words for your books. Thank you for posting the video. Tears. Simply beautiful. I love how God uses all the details of our lives for his Glory when we completely surrender all our “junk” to him. I look forward to reading further entries when you have the time. God Bless you!