a request for your prayers

Friends…

Today I pause to request your prayers.

Progress on releasing this blog and creating a new one rolled along smoothly at the start.  All the many, many details started clicking together.

My site designer and I felt in sync.

I found someone to take my writing and format various PDFs for you to download.

A friend helped me brainstorm, clarify, and sort how to start small on this work project. My ideas and vision felt too big to launch right away. I needed a sustainable way forward.

There were a few bumps in my personal life, but basically all was daisies and roses and rainbows.

Until it wasn’t.

Within a matter of days in April, the oddest and weirdest computer/website issues arose. And I do mean odd.

I could not understand what was happening and how. The brainiest tech people working with me felt stumped.

Long story short, I lost almost all content created on the new site: pages of designs, blog posts and more. Nearly all of it gone. The site backup seemed to disappear into cyberspace.

There were days of emails and calls with the best people. No one could figure out what actually happened.

Honestly, I felt shaken.

Was this some Damascus road experience?

Am I going the wrong way and THIS is to get my attention?

Or was this perhaps opposition and distraction?

For nearly a week I did nothing, wrote nothing. My heart hurt over the whole experience. My mind kept hoping it just wasn’t true.

Most of all I needed clarity — affirmation it was still okay to move forward.

Clarity came in crazy amounts.

Sometimes I simply laughed at just how and how often! Feeling settled again, I took deep breaths and started over.

Thankfully I kept written notes, though several things still await my recall. Other thoughts I laid down and said not now. I trimmed ideas and simplified (you know, for a sustainable way forward).

Overall I feel lighter, refocused and back on track in a better way!  The finish line seems nearer.

Would you offer prayers over these final steps and final weeks please?

Pray whatever seems right or helpful, however you are moved. Thank you.

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Next week I plan to share 1-2 posts introducing myself — parts of me I hope to reflect moving forward.

Afterwards, I will introduce the vision of my new website!

 

 

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6 comments

Brandy

I will keep you in my prayers as you move forward. I can’t wait to see the new website. I just know it will be encouraging to everyone that reads it.

Daniele @ Domestic Serenity

Thank you Brandy for the encouragement!

Mary LIz Youtz

Will be praying for you as you complete this project and continue to be an encouragement to others! I can’t wait to see it!

Daniele @ Domestic Serenity

I am excited too!! Thanks for the prayer support.

Johnetta

Praying for you as I read this post. I read this passage yesterday and hope it blesses you as it did me. It’s the NLT version of 2 Corinthians 1:8-9. “We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But, as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.”
In the midst of trials, is easy to try and fix everything ourselves instead of remembering to always rely on God. Looking forward to your your blog!

Daniele @ Domestic Serenity

I appreciate this so much! Thank you for praying and trusting God with me.