Dawnita Istre will be the key note speaker. Jill Barlow will lead worship and special music will be provided by Rachelle Joy. Kristi Bull, Dr. Linda McNair and Pastor Paris Yanno will lead the worshops.
I will be on hand with a book table talking about Entrusted and the summer book club.
The conference is open to women throughout Greater Youngstown.
My new year started off with a pleasant surprise when Paula Mowery nominated me and other bloggers with the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award.
Here are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
3. Answer 10 questions you’ve been sent.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.
1. What is something you would count as a “success” from this past year?
Seeing Entrusted published.
2. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
Obviously, as a Christian the immediate answer is Jesus. When I finally surrendered everything to Him beyond salvation, I embarked on a relationship full of friendship and intimacy I never would have imagined. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my mom. She had so much adversity growing up and challenges as an adult. She’s got tenacity and faith.
3. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Have the heart of a dove and the skin of a rhino.
4. If you could have a week to retreat, where would you go and what would you do?
Adirondacks to write, read and refresh.
5. Looking back on this year, what are five things you are especially thankful for?
Family. Our home. Health. Writing direction. As much as he drives me crazy, our 80 lb puppy, Tucker.
6. What is one lesson you feel you learned this past year?
I keep referring to it, but the picture on Facebook where Jesus is asking a little girl to give up her teddy bear. She’s telling Him she loves it, not knowing Jesus has an even bigger and better one for her. We were on a faith journey for a new home last year and thought we found “the one.” It fell through and I was so angry. That picture came to mind and helped me surrender that anger and home. In less than a month we had “THE home” and it was so much more than we prayed for, for less than what the first house was. It’s cozy and a sanctuary for others to be encouraged.
7. If there were no limits, what is one goal you would like to achieve this year?
I’d love to have control over what my kids have to deal with and hand them the tools to succeed. With a tween and teen I know that’s not possible. There are times I have to let go of some rope and see what happens, within reason. There are choices I’d love to jump in front of, not bad ones, but ways they could go about things a little better.
8. What is one Bible verse that is special to you and why?
Hosea 2:14. It absolutely delivered me during a wilderness season and I refer to it again and again.
9. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
I don’t. I think they set me up for failure. I do, however, pray for a word for the year and will listen all year long for the ways I’m to learn from and utilize the word. This year is revive.
10. Do you set goals for yourself in your spiritual life? Give an example.
I do. I’m working through a Bible study, Red Hot Faith by Cindy Bultema, to get that kind of faith back. I let life get in the way and put time with the Lord down on the list, and it showed. I was getting burned out. I set a goal to do things to work on putting Him first and keeping Him there. I’m also journaling, doing a plan on Bible.com, and set a timer to make sure I do these things.
Here are my questions:
1. What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
2. What temptation is hard to resist?
3. If you weren’t doing what you do weekdays, what would your life look like?
4. What book could you read over and over?
5. What motivates you?
6. What are your pet peeves?
7. What are your goals for 2015?
8. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
9. Would you rather stay in a five star hotel, a bed and breakfast, or a cabin?
10. What’s your favorite season? Why?
I’m nominating Jill Barlow, Holly Hrywnak, Penny Frost McGinnis and Jennifer Slattery! I enjoy your blogging!
In the beginning of 2013, I felt led to start my own blog. I wrote about God, but nothing in particular. I also ended up going through a divorce that year, which completely changed my life. I was married for 19 years. I was a stay at home mom for a great deal of that time. The last 3 years had been dedicated to my three children, because we pulled them out of public school to home school.
As I sit and type this up, I am thankful for so many things. It is hard to pick just one.
I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who has gotten me through the rough spots. This journey we call life is not an easy one. Being a Christian is not a “get out of trouble” free card. We are still going to have hard times. Jesus even said, in John 16: 33, “33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It’s not an IF, it’s a WHEN type thing. God is always here for us, no matter what.
I am also thankful for my children, friends and family. Without them, I don’t know where I would be. They have made me laugh, hugged me as I cried and told me the truth when I did not want to hear it.
God has really moved in my life and heart over the past several months. He has started talking to me in every day ways. I have started writing those things for others to see that He is there, daily. He cares about our daily lives and He just wants to help us make it to tomorrow.
Take a moment and think about what you are thankful for. Maybe it’s totally different from me. And, guess what? That’s ok.
Jill Barlow is a mom of three, an administrative assistant to two, and a writer. Divorced after a lengthy marriage, she started finding God in her every-day life. Jill says, “God really cares and is interested in talking to us through the little things. Showing people His love and character in a way they might not have ever experienced is my passion.” You can find Jill at www.coffeewithsnoopy.blogspot.com and on Facebook .