So you wrote a book?

So you wrote a book?

Book 1 Encouragement From the Authors

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
Colossians 1:3

It has been such a great week for us (the book team), as friends and family encouraged us and showered us with their love. We feel infinitely blessed.

IMG_20150331_135231745We (my mother and myself) were very nervous to publish this book or even let anyone know that we had a book. Not because friends or family would have said anything against us, but because of doubts and insecurities within ourselves.

I think many of us struggle with insecurities. Talking about our faith is daunting. Probably because faith is so personal. It defines us. Sharing our faith makes us feel vulnerable.

So you see, your encouragement* and support has been more valuable than you can imagine. We all need support, encouragement, and cheerleaders**. And perhaps some of us (yes, me) feel the need for it even more than you would have supposed.

To anyone who is in doubt about sharing even a little part of your faith- I want to remind you of what Love can do, and what Love has already done. He did it on the cross and paid too high a cost to let doubts and fear of rejection stop us from lovingly telling others who He is. And also, I know how much we need the reminder of who we are:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He surround you with people who love Him and will encourage you. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*”Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

**Cheerleaders. My husband always wants to know why I cook such complex meals for my brother. It is not because I love my brother more (which was what my husband was teasing me about). It is because my brother is a chef-cheerleader! He always ends his meals at our house by saying something like, “Thank you. That was really delicious!” And that little compliment causes my spine to straighten, my lips to smile, and inside I think to myself, next time I’ll make him something even more spectacular. Encouragement has power (see above*).

***Confession: Yes, we totally posed the kids for the pictures. They aren’t candid shots. We are actual professionals now. (ok… not really, but we sometimes tell ourselves that… right before we laugh ourselves silly)

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Our First Book!

Our First Book!

Book 1

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Well, it finally happened! We have our first book, Hear My Prayer, up on Amazon!

Hear_My_PrayerI drove down to my mom’s house yesterday, and was here for the ‘big moment’ when we released our book for sale. It wasn’t quite as exciting as we were anticipating. No confetti shot out of the computer, no trumpeting horns when we finally ‘pushed the button.’ We were, however, immediately taken to another page that asked us a bunch of questions about the book, and we had that dazed and slightly clueless look about us as we muddled our way through. But then, this morning, the big pay off! We went to Amazon, did a search for Porkie and Pete, and miracle of miracles- there it was!

It seems very surreal, and we keep pinching ourselves to make sure we aren’t dreaming. So we decided to celebrate, as only we know how to celebrate. That’s right, we went and got coffee. On the way home, Mom said, “This reminds me of that song, ‘Impossible things are happening every day!’*” And laughing, we drove the rest of the way home sipping our coffee and singing that song**. I was really amazed at the number of lines we actually remembered. But if you listen to the lyrics, they sum up how absolutely impossible this all seemed to us at the beginning. Over a year ago, when my Uncle Bob said we would have these books for sale on Amazon, I think I may have snorted in disbelief.

BUT God does not find our dreams ridiculous or impossible. And when we dream with God, then I would dare to say that even the impossible becomes probable. He is good and faithful. He sees his work through to completion. He does not give up on us, even when we give up on ourselves. So as giggly and silly as my mom and I are this morning, we are pointing straight toward heaven and giving credit where it is due.

Thanks for celebrating with us!

May God bless your wildest dreams, and come along beside you to encourage you as you work! In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*Impossible from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

**And in case you want to sing along with a couple of daft and dewy eyed dopes…

Talents and Faith

Talents and Faith

Book 1 From the Authors

I’m so thankful to share this post with you. A post written by my mother, Lori. Hope you enjoy!

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. ~Matthew 25:14-17  (ESV)

Our Porkie and Pete journey began with a gift from God. This gift was a series of stories laid on our hearts. The stories feature two friends, a porcupine and a moose, who yearn to share God’s love with others.

Learning what to do with the gift entrusted to us has been a challenge. What were we supposed to do with these stories? How were we supposed to share them with others? Did we have the talent and the drive to pull this off?

Well, we tried to make a go of these stories. In fact, we tried for years and then, one day, we stopped trying. The task seemed insurmountable.

A year and a half ago, the stories were buried in our homes under clutter (and in a piano bench). Then, God nudged us.  Was that it? Was that the best we could do with His precious gift?

Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t.

This past year, realizing we couldn’t do this on our own, we:

  • Leaned on God as we did what we thought impossible
  • Prayed (continually) for guidance and wisdom
  • Rejoiced with God as we hurdled over each roadblock
  • Believed we could do this, after all, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13

The conclusion of the first leg of our journey is almost here. We pray that we have been faithful to the gift we have been given.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”~Matthew 25:23 (ESV)

~Lori

It’s coming…

It’s coming…

Book 1 Children From the Authors Our Story

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,9-14***

This picture summarizes kids- whether we are at home, or in public.
This picture summarizes kids- whether we are at home, or in public.

Let me (very quickly) comment on the last line, and the ‘fear of the Lord.‘ I used to struggle with this. If Jesus is my friend, why would I be afraid of him?

Now, skip to my most recent shopping adventure with three young children, where I am out in public. One child is screaming and throwing My Little Pony umbrellas on the ground, while the other two are playing a very rowdie game of hide-and-seek. I try to act like a better mom, getting down to their level and talking quietly to them. (All the while wanting to shout and tell them to knock it off.) Why not shout?* Because I don’t want people to think I’m a terrible mom. That is the kind of ‘fear’ we are talking about. I’m so worried about other people’s opinions, I change my behavior.

Now God sees us all the time. What if I worried about His opinions more? What if I cared about other people’s opinions less and instead trusted in who I am in Christ?

Fear of God is reverence and esteem for Him. It is doing what He would want you to do. Partially because He is so holy and awesome and mighty and powerful, but also because we should be so in love with Him, we want to do things His Way.**

That being said…

You may have not realized this, but this web site is part of our journey relating to the ins and outs, and ups and downs associated with writing a series of books. This blog, while not always about the books, highlights our thoughts along the way. Which is its own story.

I am excited to report, that our book team has met. We have made our final edits. We have divided up the last of the work… and… all I can say is, “It’s coming!”

May the Lord, who made you unique among all people, bless you today. May He show you the way, illuminate your path, and give you the strength you need for one more day. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*In this example, fear of the Lord lined up with worrying about other people’s opinions. God doesn’t want me to be a tyrannical mother. But my point is, I was not worried about what God would think. I was worried what people would think.

**Ta-da! The fear of the Lord! This is an abbreviated version of all my thoughts on this subject. Mostly, I want to encourage you to let God’s opinions of you determine your worth, not other people’s. Because He thinks you’re pretty amazing!

***Ecclesiastes 3**** is something to read! The whole thing, not just the above, abbreviated version.

****Ecclesiastes is also nearly impossible for me to spell.

It’s All God’s Anyways

It’s All God’s Anyways

From the Authors Our Story

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)

Can't you see him asking, "Seriously, Mom? Those curtains right behind me? Those are the curtains you can't live without?"
Can’t you see him asking, “Seriously, Mom? Those curtains right behind me? Those are the curtains you can’t live without?”

We recently moved, which involved selling our house. When we read the offer for the house, it stated that they wanted to keep all of the curtains. I sat up a bit at that, and may have thrown a small scale tantrum. “Those are my curtains!” I obstinately told my husband. And it was true. I’d sewn most of the curtains in that house (or found them clearanced and had a coupon…). My husband gave me a look, and then patiently asked me if I wanted to keep the curtains. And I thought about that. “Well… no, not really. But they are my curtains!” And then he patiently informed me that we could ask to keep the curtains, to which I scoffed, “What would we even do with those curtains? They’re not even that nice.”  I was already thinking of how they weren’t that great of quality (homemade, in my case, sometimes translates to thrown-together-as-quickly-as-possible while using the cheapest fabric I could find). Then I was thinking that we don’t even know where we will end up, and what kind of curtains we will need. And then I remembered something my husband always says, but had (wisely) not said yet.

“It’s all God’s anyways.”

It’s funny how those words change the attitude of my heart so quickly. Sometimes I forget that God is the one who owns everything. Even us. And when I say, “Well, it’s your house God, so I guess you better find someone to buy it so we can move.” Then I can also say, “Well, those are your curtains, and I guess I don’t really need them.” My selfishness sort of slowly fizzles when I stand before God openhanded and say, “All that I have, it’s not really mine, it’s Yours. All that I am, it’s not mine to boast in. It is Yours.”

So we (me, Mom, Uncle Bob, Cousin Adam) are prepping to get our first (of several) children’s books published. And it’s intimidating in it’s own way. We are standing open handed before our Lord, our God, our Savior, our Friend.

It’s all Yours anyways.

My favorite part of the Lord’s prayer is, “Not my will, but yours be done.” Not the easiest part, not by a long shot. But my favorite part, because I trust that His ways are infinitely better than mine.

And my husband and I now laugh at my moment of curtain-insanity. And it amazes me that I was so adamant about keeping ugly curtains!* But we live, we learn, and hopefully we can always find ways to laugh at ourselves.

May the Lord, protect you and keep you. May He make his face to shine on you, and fill you with peace. And may you stand before your Father in Heaven with hands opened toward him, freely giving and freely receiving. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*I also have a new way of sewing curtains that is infinitely cuter… and I may have learned my lesson about just buying the cheapest fabric. Not very fun to look at everyday.