I have a sweet friend, Sarah Knepper, who I have come to love and cherish. She lives in Ohio and I, in South Carolina. Her children are young (one on the way!), mine are older. Her life experiences are much different from mine and she has just written the first of her series, Help Your Child Thrive After Trauma. Sarah writes out of her story, and I write out of mine. We’ve never met in person but we have become friends who share, pray, and celebrate one another. Sarah asked me to participate in this summer blog hop and share our little God-space on the web. I hope you will enjoy learning a little about me, and will visit my friends to learn a lot about them!
I LOVE social media; the community, the sharing, watching a friend’s life unfold in victory and challenges, photos and videos of families, anniversaries, and events in the lives of people I have come to love – the parts of life I would not ordinarily see. I LOVE the divine appointments God gives me in person, too and I believe every connection is coordinated by God’s hand.
I work hard at giving God’s hope and promises to women who seek God-purpose for their lives. About a year ago, I was asking God to expand my territory when He said, “Stop being about, being about, women’s ministry and see the woman right in front of you.” It was then that Jesus showed me that every encounter, whether in-person or online, through posts, tweets, comments, email or texts represent someone He loves. The influence He provides us is huge if we will open our eyes and see His opportunities to encourage and pray.
1. What am I working on?
I am working on my relationship with Jesus. I am learning that Jesus must have my whole heart, first so others can have the overflow of what belongs to Him. With this, God is giving me clarity and direction in my writing and outreach.
I am currently working on a project called, One Woman at a Time, that will encourage women to SEE the women in their every-day; online, at the grocery store, car-rider line, restaurant, ball field, etc. Although I am crazy about social media when I am at home, Jesus wants us to put down the phones, look into each other’s eyes, and speak hope. He says we need to do this through Psalms and I hope to show women how.
I am a contributor for Tracie Miles upcoming book, Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future, and I look forward to sharing God’s message through it.
Recently, God has broken my heart over Bible poverty. I am a voice of advocacy and have joined the writing team at JAARS in effort to bring God’s Word to the Bibleless of the world. I am overwhelmed by this need.
I am the Ministry Assistant to one of my dearest friends, Lynn Cowell. I adore her message to teen and college age girls and work hard to spread her message of their value in Jesus. Her new book, Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants, will be published in September. Just giddy over this!
2. How does my work differ from others of this genre?
I’m a faith-based writer – like many of my writing friends. I might be different in that I write out of what God wants me to HEAR and not always out of what I already KNOW. I am a woman, on her knees, desperately seeking God’s will for my life. I am not at an expert in anything and need His wisdom in every part of my life. I am dreaming big things for myself and the women God loves!
3. Why do I write?
Good Question! I write because God tells me to. I am not trained or skilled in writing and the honest truth is, it is hard. I’ve tried to lay it down but God’s Spirit inside of me will not allow it. I love the women who are seeking God-purpose for their lives as their children move forward in their own. My writing is an act of love toward Jesus and I trust He uses it to bring His hope and promises to others who need Him as much as I do. The only perfect thing in my life is God’s Word and, as it speaks to me, I want to share it with others.
I have felt the loneliness and disqualification of purpose as children leave the nest. I am standing on God’s promise that He is always making something new and the best is yet to be!
4. How does my writing process work?
I write when God moves on my heart through Scripture. He knits my need to His Word and meets me where I am. I share it online when He carves the out the space between husband and children. I am letting go of self-pressure and “making it” and letting God do what He does best – change lives.
Now, here’s the best part of this hop! I get to share my friends with you. Please visit them and their heart-sites. They are amazing women who love you and Jesus so very much!
My life statement would be that I long to have the gold of God’s truth and love radiating from my inner life so others are drawn to Jesus. You can find me blogging these truths at http://jeanniepallett.com
Our two little dogs have trained me well and I am soft touch and obedient Mom to Shadow and Sasha.
Because the hope He gives her daily is beautiful and life changing. She is wild about her creamer. She likes a little coffee with it. And, is so in love with her husband, her daughters, and Jesus.