How are you this season? Life in my home has been, well, interesting. I’ve been focusing on my family for a variety of reasons because, as I’ve learned from past years with Invisible Illness Week, the following week we are under what I would say is spiritual attack. My family is doing find, but I do ask for your continued prayer.
If you have been following our web site (did you know you can get daily updates via email that also include our devotionals), you may have watched some of my videos about working with life coach, Mary Yerkes. Mary is a Christian woman I’ve known for some time and the fact that she even has rheumatoid arthritis has been an added benefit for myself in feeling like she truly understands my life.
God’s timing in having this opportunity has been amazing and I have immersed myself into a surrender mode. And God has answered so many prayers, filling me back up. I have had the chance to understand what refreshes me, what drains me, what I should focus on, what I should delegate.
I cannot separate “my life” and “my ministry.” Rest Ministries is a part of who I am just as my illness is a part of who God has designed me to be. And I am eager to see where He will lead me, as well as Rest Ministries.
In the meantime, I am looking at different areas of the ministry and need some feedback from you.
Some areas of development that I plan on putting into place include:
§ More Bible studies. Some of these would be online as a webinar, others I would teach and tape to be available on DVD for you or your HopeKeepers group.
§ Topics would include studies focusing on when you are first diagnosed; how to have the life God intended, not just getting by; understanding a hardened heart; working through emotions of rejection, hurt feelings, and more.
One of the areas I LOVE (and it keeps coming up in things like my spiritual gifts assessment) is TEACHING. I so want to do more speaking and writing. And get this… I even won a Kodak Zi8 High Definition camera at a recent conference I went to ($200 value!)
So I am planning on doing more teaching, creating more materials for people with illness, pastoral training, etc.
Another area I know needs work is my communication with you all and volunteers. I believe I will be using TalkFusion so that we can connect via video (you will actually be able to see me!) as we talk, share and pray together.
We are also moving our store over to more updated software. Please pray for a smooth transition. Yesterday, when a quirk prevented me from knowing what items someone ordered she canceled her order–for over $100. So this is a need I cannot put off any longer.
So, yes, I have a lot of ideas spinning around in my head, but I want to do them in the correct order of your desires and needs. Could you do me a favor and fill out a survey? The link to do so is here: Feedback About Rest Ministries Survey.
It will take about 5 minutes of your time and be an important tool in how I pray about what direction our ministry is heading.
Thank you so much for taking this journey with me!