This past year I have begun to follow many Christian blogs and they have made a tremendous impact on my life. Many of the bloggers I follow are also published authors and I have chosen to read many of their books. I must say, I have felt truly inspired by many of them. Today I finished Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch. Her blog, We are THAT family is very well written and I agree with her parenting philosophy, so I assumed I would enjoy reading her book.
Wow. Did I ever. She encompasses much of what I aspire to do in life: be a good mother, live a faith-centered life, serve others where God sees fit, and to share my story. I admire those who have been able to be successful and achieve their goals, while continuing to be a "normal" mother raising her family. The book turned out to be the pep-talk I've been so desperately craving.
Lately I've lost steam. I have my hands in a lot of pots, but I'm going to take the advice of the author and focus on my "one." Rather than spreading myself too thin and giving a less-than-all effort, I am going to focus my service in an area I feel passionate about: education and literacy. I am so thankful this is also a project my entire family can assist with and relate to as well.
The charity I co-founded just one year ago exceeded our expectations in our first year and we are looking forward to impacting even more children next year, but there is a lot of work to be done. We have received many blessings during the inaugural year of From Cover to Cover, but it has been a challenge to build this from the ground up with my partner and dear friend. We have a solid vision, feel our mission is important, and have seen first-hand the impact the gift we provide these children has. We know we can make a tremendous difference right here in our community. The hardest part is sharing our mission and convincing others how truly important this project is.
As with all non-profits, we rely on donations and volunteers to achieve our goals. Fundraising, awareness activities, and coordinating events requires a lot of time and dedication. We have received tremendous support, but we need to grow our supportive base and it is hard to do! I know we just have to keep believing He will provide, but there are days when I feel like we have an impossible mountain to climb. We will continue to move forward and I pray soon we will have more help to achieve our goals! This is my "one." This is my "yes!"
Are you feeling the pull towards something and afraid to say, "Yes!" If you need a little inspiration, I highly recommend reading the book. Maybe you just need a little nudge to take that first small step. Whatever the case, now is the time!