As I shared on Tuesday, it’s time to build a launch team for Sacred Endurance and there’s so many wonderful things planned for us!
Sacred Endurance releases on November 12th. God promises to finish the good work he began in us—but that doesn’t come without bumps in the road!
I’m gathering a community around this new book and would love you to consider joining me. This group is forming to serve two purposes:
to journey together in setting and reaching a spiritual goal. Each member will set a spiritual goal such as prayer and Bible reading that they would like to tackle over the next few months. I will be available in the group to encourage you as you work toward your goal and journey over the bumps along the way.
to help me launch Sacred Endurance. We will read and discuss Sacred Endurance together and then, Lord willing, we will share about the book.
Over the past several weeks, we’ve read about or heard of prominent leaders leaving the faith. Some ministry leaders have decided to no longer follow Jesus. Some have decided they no longer believe. Others have fallen due to unrepentant sin. This isn’t anything new—people make these decisions often. But it has seemed to be a unique time. And over the past two years, I have been writing and editing a book on enduring in the faith, Sacred Endurance.
It’s not often that a writer shares the inner wrestling involved in the writing process. I wrote this book to serve you and me. I wrote this book because I have experienced enough trials and sorrows to know that this Christian walk is one filled with deep valleys and beautiful mountaintop highs. But what I couldn’t have known was that we’d be in a season where so many would be struggling to finish their race in such public and confusing ways.
So, what’s the wrestling I’m writing about?
I’ve been reluctant to share more about the book because I realize the weight of what I’ve written about. The topic is of utmost importance because it’s a matter of life or death. I want nothing more than to see everyone finish their race and finish it well, whether by crawling across the finish line or by leaping. But I believe with all my heart that no one wants you to finish well more than Jesus and as you will see through his Word, he has given us all we need. He has promised to finish the good work he began—he will surely do it.
But we are in confusing and difficult times. Circumstances aren’t easily explained away. And yet we have a God who is faithful. We know that Christ holds us fast. And if you don’t know this, I pray that the Lord would remind you and help you to remember through his Word and if he might use it, through the pages of Sacred Endurance.
In a few days, I will invite you to consider joining the launch team for Sacred Endurance. I’m looking forward to being a part of this community online. We will read through the book together, there will be times of prayer, I imagine there will be times when we will mourn, and there will also be times of rejoicing and enjoying all that the Lord has done and will do.
I have faith that we will make it. I am also praying that we will make it. And I am praying that the Lord might use this work, Sacred Endurance, to help in whatever way he chooses. I hope that the book is useful and helps you in this journey.
Be on the lookout on Thursday for more information.
Two years ago, the wonderful team at The Good Book Company took a chance on me and my desire to share with little hearts about God’s very good idea. The fruit of this work and partnership has surpassed all my prayers and hopes for what God might do. The video below captures the heart of the book as women of different ethnicities read in English, Spanish, and Korean.
Two weeks ago today I was getting prepped for an unexpected surgery and after some prayer, I’ve decided it’s okay to share more.
In the spirit of 2 Cor 1:3-5, I’d like to share that I had a hysterectomy. I am young and have learned that many women have this procedure around my age (40, 41). I did not know this. My hope is to continue to share about my journey and recovery here on my site through reflection posts about what the Lord has been teaching me. I will say that I came into this surgery quite healthy and therefore realize that my recovery, both physically and emotionally, may look differently than many others.
As I’ve entered into this new season of life and began researching, I’ve realized that there are not a lot of women sharing about this common procedure. Similar to when I had miscarriages, there were not many sharing openly about their journey. Today you can find an abundance of resources for women who have endured the pain of miscarriage and infertility but this has been a recent phenomenon. I hope that as I share about what the Lord is teaching me about life post this major surgery, there will be more who follow.
Today, I don’t have much to share but maybe it will serve you to know you are not alone. As we wait for our resurrected bodies, we can rejoice in the hope to come and thank him for how he will use this momentary affliction. He will surely do it. He is so good to us.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2 Cor 1:3-5).
(p.s. I have an army of dear friends giving me tips and such, so no need to share the latest trend. Prayers are always accepted and appreciated, however!)
I have been so blessed by the emails and messages about If God Is For Us and how the Lord has used it. I prayed He would and He is honoring that prayer. I’m truly grateful. If you are looking for a summer study, I hope you’ll check it out. You can learn more at http://www.trillianewbell.com/if-god-is-for-us/. I’ve been learning in new ways that God is truly for us!
HAPPY SUMMER BREAK! Grateful for you and pray the Lord gives you joy and rest this summer. God is good, all the time!
If you’d like prayer, please feel free to comment or send to email@example.com.
I’m excited to share the news that I have joined World Radio (sister platform of World Magazine) as a commentator and my first one aired today! Commentators focus on a variety of different topics and issues. My plan is to focus on Christian discipleship, family and children, race and ethnicity, and issues and topics important to women. My goal in both my writing and speaking is to identify where the gospel applies to the area and what the implications of the gospel are to that topic. That will not change and is celebrated at World, which is one of the reasons I’m so honored to be a part.
If you’re anything like me, you’re likely curious about the role and specifically what is World Radio’s approach to commentary. Thankfully, managing editor, J.C. Derrick recorded a short segment during their “Ask the Editor” commentary series on World’s distinctives, including their approach to commentaries: https://worldandeverything.org/2018/11/ask-the-editor-our-methods/
Our love for our neighbor is one of the evidences of God’s transforming work in our hearts. Our love matters because it points to someone greater than you or me. Our love points to Jesus.
I will keep you updated on my commentaries, but please go ahead and subscribe to The World and Everything in It on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or whatever podcast app you use. And you can learn more about the other contributors here: https://worldandeverything.org/
Grateful! And Happy Valentine’s Day!
p.s. My segments will likely post every other Monday!