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…

Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

Book 1 Our Story The Man Behind the Curtain

While I have been the primary blogger for our little writing group, it was never my intention to be the blogger. As we finalize our book, and are preparing to [finally] get our books published, it seemed appropriate to get some of the other voices from our group on the blog. So here is a post, written by my wonderful Uncle Bob, our very own ‘Man behind the curtain’ (in other words, the one who figures stuff out and gets things done). Enjoy! ~Lindsay

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

– I John 5:14

Uncle Bob with his great-niece and great-nephew (Lindsay's children)
Uncle Bob with his great-niece and great-nephew (Lindsay’s children)

Everyone has a story; stories that are filled with the experiences, thoughts and emotions of our every day life; stories that we tell others and tell ourselves. Stories that are filled with the ups and downs, challenges and struggles, hopes and hurts that characterize life in a 21st Century world that is moving faster and faster each day into uncharted waters.

Over the past six months, Lindsay, one of the Porkie and Pete’s storytellers and my niece, has been filling you in on bits and pieces of our family story. It’s a story of ordinary parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren who face many of the same struggles that you do. It’s a story that was inspired seven years ago when my sister Lori, the other Porkie and Pete storyteller, faced a very dark and difficult time in her life; a time, as she explained it, “When you are living one day at a time because life is so painful, unexpected, and not going the way you had planned.”

When I asked her to explain, she put it this way. “I was five years into my struggle, I was traveling home after dealing with a situation from my own life drama. I was making a ninety mile trip for the third time in one week. I was sad. I was depleted. I was PUSHing for a miracle. I didn’t think that I would make it home because I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. So, I started having a conversation with God. During the rest of the drive I became energized as a story and characters were given to me. I have no other way to explain it. I called Lindsay and began to tell her the story because I didn’t want to forget and I wanted to share.”

When I asked Lori how she made it through those difficult times, she replied, “If you are smart you reach for God. If you are patient and keep PUSHing (Pray Until Something Happens) you will be blessed in ways unimaginable.” And that’s when Lindsay got the call about the story and characters.

“I was amazed when mom called because I had been thinking about a child’s relationship with God after spending some time with one of my young nieces. My niece was learning about God, the Bible, and prayer and had asked me some simple- yet profound- questions on faith. At the exact moment my mother called, I was pondering ways to communicate who God is to a child. I listened to my mother’s idea, went home and started writing, and writing, and writing.”

And that’s how it began. “Hear My Prayer” and the other Porcupine and Moose tales that will follow are stories with a purpose; a purpose of communicating the message of hope that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A message about a loving Father and compassionate, caring Savior, who knows everything about us, cares deeply for us, and wants to be intimately involved in each of our lives. He is a God who will not force Himself on us, but is ready, willing, and available to “Hear our Prayers” and come alongside us and help us if we ask Him too.

Yes, everyone has a story to tell and like the young ones in our family, we want children everywhere to know about the greatest story ever told; about a God who is there for them no matter what they may be facing; a God who cares for them; a God who wants them to understand that He has a plan and purpose for their lives; a God who loves them unconditionally.

Book Update

Book Update

Book 1 From the Authors

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I want to give you an update on our children’s book. We are formatting the text and images for print. When I say ‘we’, I mean ‘my mom’. It is on mom’s shoulders right now. She is our tech wizard. She makes computers do things, and explains them to me… and while I nod and smile as if I understand, half of what she says sounds like gibberish. So the short version is: Mom has to convert our images into a higher resolution to make sure every page follows a certain set of criteria so our book actually looks like a book rather than a blurry, pixelated mess.

It’s a lot of work. But she is a positive worker. She said she only needs to find the ‘key,’ and then everything she has learned will fall into place. She also smiles and says she’s learning a lot.

This is a better attitude than mine. I recently went through ‘a series of unfortunate events.’ Each event alone would be bearable. But all together, they became too much for a young mother of three to handle. My life had become a crazy sitcom episode! But thankfully I have Jesus. Because at my low point, when I was driving and trying not to lose my cool, I leaned on God in prayer. And in my prayer I felt as if God was waiting for me to throw back my head and laugh at the ridiculousness of life. Not that he was belittling my life, or my circumstances, rather, to laugh with joy because of who He is. Because He is with me. Because none of the ‘stuff’ in life is ever going to be bigger than He is. As the words of my prayer winged to God, I turned on the radio and, I kid you not, these were the words I heard.

I just wanna make you laugh
I just wanna see that smile
We’re only here for a little while*

Now, I know. Coincidence, right? I think not, for I was awed in that moment. I was comforted in that moment. I felt unexplainable joy in that moment. And when you have these ‘moments’ often enough, you learn to listen for His voice. Remember the story of Elijah**? God was not in the fire, He was not in the earthquake, or the rushing wind. He was in the gentle whisper. All I’m saying is that if we are in relationship with Him, and waiting for a gigantic sign from heaven, we might have to wait a very long time. But if we are listening for that gentle voice, we will receive the comfort we need in countless moments.

My prayer for you this week is that you would receive comfort from the One who made you. That you would be blessed to feel His Presence when you draw near to Him. That whatever you are working on would find success. That you would be renewed to do the work set before you. And that you would bless others as you work. In Jesus’ strong name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*These lyrics are from a band called O.A.R the song is titled “Peace.” It is currently a pretty popular song on the radio.

**1 Kings 19, you should check it out