April 9, 2018

What I'm Doing Next and How You Can Help

In the past year, I've released two books, started a podcast, traveled occasionally in order to teach the Bible to women, and continued to write here for you, my readers. It sounds like a lot, I know, and at times it's felt like a lot, but the primary emotion welling in my heart has been gratitude. I'm thankful the Lord has given me opportunities suiting my passions. I've walked forward into them with a spring in my step and a prayer on my lips that my small contribution to the Church would be helpful in some way and would complement the ways I serve in my local church among people I love.
I want to continue serving as the Lord allows, but I'm also sensing an urgent nudge from him to narrow my focus, a reminder to be embodied and present, not always "out there" in my attention and drive. There is a reason this nudge is coming more and more: I have growing children who need an engaged mom even more than ever, and we serve in a growing church that is a joy to my soul as I both give and receive within our community.

I've been praying about what a narrowing of focus looks like, how God would have me serve him in this season of life, and the answer that's come is nothing new. I am a writer at heart. God's created me to worship him through words and stories, and so that's what I'll do. I'm committed to writing words and telling stories that help myself and others know the beauty of the Lord and follow him.

I'm telling you this because you've been with me through it all, some of you for many years and some as enthusiastic newbies. I can't tell you how grateful I am for each of you.

I'm also telling you because I've reached the point where I need your help. In order for me to focus on writing and podcasting, which are my two primary loves, and in order to produce both with thoughtful and relevant content, I need help covering the costs I'm incurring. For several years, I've paid out-of-pocket for tools I use to get content to you that are increasing in cost and are starting to add up, things like Mailchimp (sending out blog posts), Link in Profile (for your ease of use on Instagram), domain registration, and website redesigns. With podcasting, I've added costs for Zoom (recording podcast interviews) and Buzzsprout (podcast storage). I've considered ads, but the bottom line is that ads just aren't me. Instead of ads, I'd rather focus on continuing to provide biblical content to serve you, and I'd rather recommend books and opportunities that I really believe in.

And also? This work is hard and sometimes isolating. I'd love the support and encouragement of a team of cheerleaders behind me, urging me on, and acting as a sounding board when needed.

Here's what I'm committed to create for you: written content here on my website and a podcast episode once per week (with a month break this summer). I hope also to continue writing books as the Lord gives me opportunity.

If you read anything I've written and found it helpful, or if you're enjoying the By Faith podcast and want more episodes like what you've heard, would you consider partnering with me in order to make my continued work possible? I'd be incredibly grateful. I do not take lightly the opportunities God has given me, nor the audience he's directed my way, and I promise, with your help, to continue to be faithful to the work God has called me: speaking and writing gospel truths in a compelling way.

I've created a Patreon page, where in exchange for your financial backing, I'm offering rewards and opportunities for you as you partner with me in my work. Head over to find out more about how it works, what's available for my supporters, and what I plan to start when we reach our goals together.

Become a patron today. Thank you!