Happy Monday ya'll!
I just wanted to say thank you so much to those of you who supported me in the publishing of 22 & Single through donations, encouragement, and prayer. As I reflect on the last year, I see the Lord's hand so clearly. So many pieces "fell into place"--- and the process moved along so quickly!
One of my favorite things to think about is how the Lord was at work when I didn't see it and definitely didn't know it. For example, for a couple weeks at the end of 2011, I had an idea to take a picture of me standing on my red desk chair. It was super random... I mean, I like taking pictures, but I didn't do it super often at the time. On January 1, 2012 I finally decided to go for it. There was no snow on the ground surprisingly- but it was SUPER cold. I grabbed my chair and went outside of my La Crosse apartment, which was located next to a pretty busy road. I kept thinking how weird I would look to the other tenants and the people driving by.
It was so cold that I could only really stand to take 5 pictures. I took them with my phone camera, using the good ole self timer. I ran inside without really knowing if any of the pictures turned out. My favorite picture was the one that is now the cover of 22 & Single. I've always liked taking pictures of people walking or from the perspective of the ground (Kind of weird, I know:))... After receiving my first copies of 22 & Single, Colossians 3:2 kept coming to mind.
The NIV says, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." But I also think the King James version is incredibly relevant, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
This is amazing to me because as I look back on the last year, I see how so often I was looking down. I was focused on figuring out my life from the ground, trying to piece it all together-- I think this happens when we focus on the thing we wish we had- like a relationship- or a better job, house, car, whatever it may be that we think will make our life better. However, we will only really find joy and peace by keeping our eyes up, focused on the Lord.
God planned for the picture that is now the cover of 22 & Single almost a year ago... However, just recently did I understand why!
There are so many other examples of how the Lord continues to reveal to me that He is and was at work... Another example--- In one of my posts, I said "I want to take the risk of living with no keys at all." (Click here to read it.) When I first moved to LA, I really didn't have any keys. I didn't yet have my car and was staying with friends. I remember when I first realized this...I think I laughed out loud. I was like, "Lord, I don't know if I actually wanted that...but You clearly answer prayer!" :)
Having a relationship with the Lord and living for Him really is a constant adventure. His hand prints are all over our lives if we take the time to see, and ask Him to reveal Himself to us.
My prayer for 22 & Single is that it would awaken hearts to seek after the Lord, that people would run to the Lord and find satisfaction in Him.
Thank you again for your faithful friendship! Please let me know if you did not receive your book or know someone who you think might like one. I have some extra copies that I'd be happy to send out. Also, if you have a minute my publisher said that it would be great if people would be willing to write reviews of 22 & Single on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Westbow Press. I also think it'd be awesome to hear what you think--whether you agree or disagree with me, loved or hated 22 & Single. I just love hearing what the Lord is teaching others.
I really do feel so blessed and am so encouraged by the faith that I see in the lives of those around me. Keep pursuing the Lord! He's so good!