Ten years ago I wrote a women’s study that challenged women to change the way they view their lives, and unlock the potential God has graced every woman with in life. I have tried to live that truth ever since, and have reached out to women around me with this message.
Now, I can say that journey has led me to a wider path. I’ve joined a group of other Christian women in the Omaha area who have that same vision for women. Led by Jennifer Slattery, we’re called Wholly Loved, and we will be holding coffees and conferences starting this December.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of such a uniquely-gifted group of women who independently have a heart for other women, and together have become a strong, purpose-filled voice calling out to women caught up in the storms of life. Our events will be filled with stories of our experiences and triumphs in Christ. But, be warned, odds are you’ll laugh and cry before Wholly Loved is done with you.
Does it ever feel like the world is spinning faster and faster? Do you struggle to keep up with what’s going on in the lives of your friends?
The Inkspers can completely relate. Not only do we sometimes have trouble keeping up with our lives at home, we can’t even keep up with what is going on in each other’s lives. So, for the next two weeks we’re going to share news from our homefronts. Whether it’s what is going on in our writing life or what’s going on in our families, we’ll be sharing the news.
A Women’s Conference, a New Novella and a College Grad
Three significant events mark April this year. First, about a week ago, I returned from the Women Walking With God Conference in Wichita, Kansas. There is nothing like being with 1200+ sisters in Christ singing, laughing, and learning together.
This year’s theme was “The Greatest is Love.” We had 14 ladies from our home congregation go and we had a great time. The lessons were terrific and thought-provoking, and the music by the Herndons was wonderful. But I have to admit my favorite part were the comedy lessons by Lisa Smartt. Need a laugh to start your Monday? This should do the trick.
My second bit of news is that I am pleased to announce that I’m part of a new novella collection which will release in December 2016. My story is due by the end of this month, but I’ll be sending it today.
Seven Brides for Seven Texans is based chock full of hunky cowboys, action, and fun. After their father learns he has a heart ailement, the seven Hart brothers are told they must all marry within the year of lose their share of the 7-Hart Ranch. This is harder than it seems as one of the brother was wounded in the Civil War, another is a Texas Ranger, and one is only 18.
The third, and most important, thing happening on our homefront is my daughter Caroline’s graduation from college. On Saturday, she will graduate with a B.S. in Biology. The last few weeks have been a series of “lasts” for her, so the time is very bittersweet. She has loved college and has made many lifelong friends.
Tonight will be her last performance with the concert choir, then she’ll have finals, and present her senior paper. The week will fly by, and by Saturday night, she’ll be a college graduate.
Her time out of the classroom, however, will be short lived since she plans to become a physician’s assistant.
So, there you have most of April in a nutshell. Yes, life is spinning, and we just have to hold on tight.