If there’s anything I’ve learned from five years of blogging and publishing my first ebook, it’s this—–when people share their gifts with you, handle with care.
That song or poem or post or painting has likely come to them at a heavy cost.
They have been brave and generous in their sharing and we are blessed by their gift.
The emotion and self-doubt that I’ve been plagued with this week has reminded me that I have not encouraged them enough.
I haven’t told them how much their art has impacted my life.
I’ve been busy and preoccupied and selfish.
And now that I’m on receiving end of so much kindness, I am just stopped dead in my tracks.
I’ve been on an emailing spree this week, thanking the people who have bravely blazed a trail of light in this noisy, dark world.
And I’ll never look at created work the same again.
This has been such a valuable lesson to me.
Thank you, to all of you mommas, who bless us with the work of your heart and hands.
The world is better because you share.
If you’d like to host a giveaway on your blog, let me know and I’d be happy to send you and two of your readers a free download,
as very small way of saying ‘thank you’ for showing up, for making the time, for taking the criticism, and for doing the work you were made to do.
If you haven’t bought the book yet and would like to buy it now for $5, click the buy now button. Once you pay, you’ll be redirected to downloads page. If you don’t get redirected, let me know and I’ll email you the link.
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Thank you to all my awesome friends who have shared about the book already: Darlene, Angela, Emily, Ruth, Shaunna, Emily, Tara, Paige, Sibi, Jennifer, Ruth, Heather. Your posts remind me that I’ve got the best friends. I love you all dearly!
For those who’ve sent emails and messages about my new ebook—-THANK YOU so much!
Here area a few of my favorites—that make me all verklempt.
I just wanted to tell you that I just finished reading the Ebook and I LOVE it. I found your blog in BHG this month and loved your house, so I looked up your blog. I pored over your archives and read and reread your 31 day series on hospitality and shared it with all my girlfriends. I am 30, live in Austin, TX, and I’m a stay at home mom to my two little boys, who are two and a half and 5 months old. I resigned from my work as a pharmaceutical research auditor after my first child and was saddened that so many people told me I was wasting my education to stay at home. I am putting my education to perfect use! Your writing SPEAKS to me. I seek Christ with my whole heart and my heart’s desire is to glorify Him moment by moment, though I always fail. I think I feel so connected to the words you write because your love of Christ and repentance comes through in your writing. Since finding your blog a whopping two weeks ago, I have ordered a ridiculous number of books from Amazon, embraced my inner soup making goddess, set up a baking station, perhaps gained 2 pounds, just finished _The Privilege of Being a Woman_, and am listening to Issues, Etc. podcasts daily. All this to say: I think you are doing a stellar job with using your blog to encourage other women and glorify Him. I have noticed from reading others’ comments on your posts that so many of us have the desire to be more adept at being godly keepers of home, but we lack mentors. I love that you are giving a voice to those of us who carry on what is really an ancient and sacred role, raising families who seek Christ and modeling Christ’s love to our children. I am just so happy I came across your house in BHG.Warm regards and big fat hugs from Texas,Mary-Beth Archer, www.shortsweetseason.blogspot.com
my sweetie sister (this one made me teary)
“Just finished the book. It was amazing, life-changing, heart-wrenching, God honoring, funny and I loved it. Sissy, you have truly found your ‘sweet spot’! Fabulous!! Thank you for your time and endless effort on this project! You are such an inspiration to me and I’m thankful for you. Love you.”
How blessed am I to have a sister like that? I know, pretty darn blessed.
And the one that still has me laughing:
“PLEASE UNSUBSCRIBE ME FROM YOUR BLOG. I’ve tried several times but I still keep getting emails. It’s like Hotel California.”
Now, that’s just funny. And I was finally able to unsubscribe her. I don’t blame her a bit, I unsubscribed too—-from my own blog. Too many emails
I’ve since remedied that and am not sending emails every time I post. It’d drive a fella to drink, all those emails.
You can safely subscribe now with my new email service and I promise it’s not at all like Hotel California. All together now, “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”