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Thoughts On Going (Plus A Sneek-Peek)

Tomorrow I leave for Allume. I spent the first half of this week without my husband, as he has been traveling, and now, just as he returns, I am set to go.

I’m feeling guity over  how much I am looking forward to this trip. I wonder if all mothers and wives feel that way–guilty about the leaving, guilty about the need for community outside of our homes? We are hard-wired for it, after all–this community thing.

I’m distracted as I’m trying to prepare. I threw things in the dryer that I normally don’t yesterday. I forgot the same two items at two different stores, two times. And I had written them down. I talked all about preparing my heart and at the end of the day, in the dark of my room, I realize I’ve been so busy preparing the necessary that I haven’t even really made time to prepare my inside to receive what will come tomorrow.

Last year I didn’t know what to expect. This year, I have an idea, but still, I know the weekend will be full of surprises. This year I thought I had a story to tell–as it turned out, I do, but it’s not the one I thought. 

A Sneak-Peek

Some of you who follow me on twitter have seen my tweets asking for prayer regarding a certain project that I’m working on.

Here’s the deal. I’ve attempted to write this a few times but each time I’ve struggled. Even now, my insecurity (and spiritual warfare) pushes against my efforts to get it out–but here it is:

Last Lent began a refining season, the likes of which I have never known.

It has been painful.

It continues to be humbling (understatement).

And throughout that difficult season I realized that while I felt very alone, I wasn’t.

You’ve experienced it too. Maybe you’re experiencing it right now. The furnace of refinement can feel relentless, lonely, terrifying and impossible.

I want to hold your hand.

I want to encourage you to hold onto stay on your knees even when they ache and you’re fighting to quit. I want you to know there’s purpose in the process.

So I’m sharing a bit of my story, in an effort to tell His story. 

The eBook’s not finished yet–but it’s coming along. Would you pray for me–that the words would come clear and steady, and that I’d be obedient in the process?

I’m so grateful for you.

{Cover art by my sweet “kitchen friend” Christine}

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  1. How exciting Kris. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a Lenten book too. Can’t wait to read yours. Blessings to you as you travel to Allume, may God speak to you in the secret places of your soul in the way only you can hear. Love to you.

    1. Oh Shelly. You must. I would jump to the front of the line to read it when you write it–(when, not “if” 😉 Thank you always for your encouragement and friendship. And that prayer? That’s a huge gift–thanks sweet sister. Love to you.

  2. AshlieWrites

    Oh, I am beyond excited about this!! I think of you often and pray for you, friend, although my days don’t always allow much for emails, blogging, etc. You are dear to my heart and your open, honest heart is SUCH a gift!! Will continue praying for this project that will bless and encourage many. Also so excited for your trip this week to Allume!!! have a wonderful, blessed, refreshing time. 🙂 I’m sad I won’t be able to go, but excited to hear what God does among kindred hearts there! look forward to hearing stories upon your return. xo

    1. Thanks, Ashlie. I think of you quite frequently as well! Thank you for encouraging me and cheering me on. I wish you were going to Allume, but I respect your wise decision so much. You are SUCH a fantastic, friend, wife and Momma. What a beautiful witness you live….

  3. Ro elliott

    I love the book title and cover…may God continue to give you rich words to fill it’s pages…and have a wonderfully blessed time this week…may He fill you with His love~ blessings~

  4. Elizabeth

    I love the title the art the everything….the encouragement and your heart the most. Can’t wait to wrap my eyeballs and my fingers around a copy of it. Love to you.

  5. Hi Kris,
    I know that furnace of refinement you talk about. It’s oh, so painful at times, but when you see the changes God is making, it is worth the pain.

    Congratulations on your upcoming e-book!


  6. Excited isn’t the right word…elated? nah.
    I’m simply overwhelmed at what God can do through you! Can’t wait to read this, friend. And for now, the cover gives me something to pray over…


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