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It’s been a few months and I am happy to report that I am still enjoying full surrender when it comes to Ishnabobber Books. God hasn’t made it easy. He’s allowed several curve balls to be thrown my way.  However, I am proud to say, I am still enjoying Him as my flotation device. A few months ago, these trials would have rocked my world. They would have thrown me into a tail spin. Today is a new day–I’ve come to realize I DO NOT WANT TO BE IN CONTROL–life with God in the driver seat has allowed me to enjoy the scenery becasue I am resting in Him to take care of the big stuff. My mind and emotions are not filled with worry, stress and myself. Through dependence on Him, I appreciate and love Him more every day. The trials He’s allowed me to bear are the very things that have drawn me to Him. Therefor, I can be truly thankful for them. I am confident this is what Jesus meant when he said…

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

If we can give thanks during times of trials, we are truly resting in Him. He’s carrying the load and he can handle it–He’s God!

Here’s what’s been happening since Ishnabobber Books funded on Kickstarter:

  • Within days after funding, the printer closed down…no worries, God is in control!
  • It two months to find a new printer; we won’t meet our reward deadline…no worries, God is in control!
  • New printer found but the process will take much, much, longer…no worries, God is in control!
  • There is much more to publishing/printing then ever imagined; my head is spinning…no worries, God is in control!
  • Editing, publishing, legal, press proof, eproofs, more editing, more eproofs – time, time and more time..no worries, God is in control!
  • Finally, books are going to print–what? It will take a month!…no worries, God is in control!
  • This weekthe books will be ready for pick up and I can begin the distribution process AND not a single backer as voiced any frustration..GOD IS IN CONTROL!

Having been shown peace through all these trials, I decided a couple months ago that God deserves my surrender in all areas of my life.  Because of my old habits it is a challenge but well worth it. I understand what Paul meant when he said…

“For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but am doing the very thing that I hate.”  Romans 7:15

The reality is…I am a sinning saint trying to stay the course but will inevitably stumble and to this I say:

No worries, GOD IS IN CONTROL and He will get me to the goal!

HAPPY SPRING…enjoy the scenery!

 

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Nov
21

Thanksgiving, 2012 God is Great!

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Today I want to share how much I love my Heavenly Father. God chose the Kickstarter journey to teach me a lesson on surrender. Traci and I did everything we could to draw people to our platform – asking, seeking, knocking, praying, and fasting. Then, we did it again and again – exhuasting ourselves and everyone else for that matter. We went into this journey thinking it was a slam–dunk (after all it was for God, how could it not be?). That wasn’t the case. God chose to use this journey to teach us a lesson. Two weeks in, we realized we had to completely turn it over to God. There was nothing more we could humanly do. We had to step back and trust God. One would think that doing nothing would be easy but, for me, it was one of the hardest things I’ve done.  I gave complete – 100% – control to God and drew nearer to Him in prayer, trusting Him no matter what the result. I believe this is exactly what He wanted for me in the first place.  I didn’t need to exhaust myself those first two weeks with worry and sleepless nights to repeat efforts that yielded little results. Like Ishnabobber, I continue to learn and grow.  I want to encourage everyone to take a leap of faith, step out of your comfort zone and see what God can do when you fully rely on Him. We did what we could do and then left the rest to our Father. Ishnabobber Books funded – PTL! More though than the funding, I am thankful for the lesson.

Doing nothing the last two weeks allowed me to rest. It wasn’t a physical rest; it took effort to do nothing. It was like floating and allowing God to be my flotation device.

Thank you Lord for showing me what full surrender feels like. I love you!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

 

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The first two weeks of the Kickstarter launch is going slow… It’s been a struggle not to be disappointed. Reaching for a lofty goal to bring the word of Christ to children is one of those things one believes will happen easily. That all believers will go “Yeah, now this is something we need to rally behind!” and it would grow like wildfire. The sad reality is that is not happening. Anytime you work towards His good that evil force tries it’s best to get in the way. Sure God has power over it but I believe there are lessons to learn through it so will remain thankful and trusting in Him in spite of the disappointment. This morning my devotion was perfect (as it always is). I’m reminded in Philippians 3:7-8 that compared to the greatness of Christ everything else is rubbish. Today much reflection is happening as I ponder this truth. In the 3rd book, Why is Jesus Special?, Ishnabobber does this very thing. It’s amazing, that no matter our age, the truths in these little books are for EVERYONE! I absolutely know God will use Ishnabobber Books for his glory! Traci and I will not loose heart, we will keep pressing forward like little soldiers in God’s army!

We are trying to print 500 each of the first three books and put them in digital form so we can bring Christ’s truths to children and their parents in a way that all will ‘get it’. Yes, it’s a big goal but, even it, is nothing compared to the glory of Christ.

 

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Oct
21

October, 2012 we are launched!

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I cannot even describe this day.  So many emotions!  It’s certainly all good!  Praises to my heavenly Father!  Somehow He managed to keep me faithful when it would have been easy to quit.  I believe, with all my heart, there is more my Lord wants me to do through Ishnabobber Books.  I will continue to spread the word as much as I am.  It is in my Father’s hands!  His will be done!  We’ll just have to see what the next thirty days bring?

Please go to Kickstarter and back this project if you believe as I do that the earlier our children can know Jesus the better off they are throughout this journey we call LIFE!

 

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