Congratulations to the person who posted 7th on my last post - Kate. You have won a Starbucks Gift Card which I will mail to you. Thanks for providing your email address, I've already sent you a note.
Today I'm doing something I have never done. I'm packing up the laptop, throwing some shorts and t-shirts in a bag, and heading to a hotel for three days to write ... by myself! Call it a personal writing retreat.
The reason? I've got a deadline to meet and I'm way far behind the schedule I developed for myself. I'm behind because I underestimated how much time and energy other priorities would take this past year.
One of the pluses of living in the desert and having a high temperature of 111 today, is that not many people want to visit a place that feels like an oven at 7 a.m. So our hotels are willing to slash their prices. My husband went on Priceline.com and got me a 4-star hotel in Scottsdale for $53 a night. I realize that's still more expensive than sitting at home, but I'm not getting much writing done at home.
Years ago, I started looking at some expenses differently. For instance, a new cookbook is actually an investment in cooking more at home. My attitude is that if a cookbook saves my family from going out to eat just once, it's paid for itself.
Hence the importance of this personal writing retreat. I believe it is an investment in my ministry. I would gladly give $160 so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be advanced. It's the prayer of my heart that my writing advances the Gospel.
So I'll be deep in prayer, Bible study, research and writing for the next few days. I can hardly wait.
One other question you might have, is how can I do this with five kids. It's because my husband and I both work at home. This was not an easy transition. It took lots of sacrifice, but it was worth it.
I pray God's blessing over you today, and your own ministry. Whether it is in the workplace, at home or on the mission field in Africa - doing God's work is the highest calling we have.
In His Love,