We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
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.
We (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!
*”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)