I have been spending much of this month in reflection. I have been restless lately & I know it is due to my unwillingness to follow God’s direction. Stubborn little thing, I know. But I finally heard His call & have been working to surrender to His leading, listening carefully so I am able to fully understand exactly what He wants. This is not easy but I’m working on it!
As part of this process, I have been going over materials, projects, etc from my ministry. I suddenly realized next year marks the 20th anniversary of Simple Joy. It all began with an idea, then a philosophy leading to one of the first (if not THE first) online magazine for women. That magazine was a starting point for so much. Yet somewhere along the line, I let both the magazine & everything it represented get away from me. I’m not sure exactly what happened. Somehow, somewhere I lost my focus, thinking the next thing was bigger & better. Truth be told, I failed to follow my own advice & made thing entirely too complicated.
I admit, I have spent part of this month having a pity party for one: ME! It became easy to feel sorry for myself. I was a pioneer in so many areas, especially online. But I jumped around too much. Anyway, the party is over as the song goes & now it is time to get to work.
I have struggled over the years trying to relate the Simple Joy philosophy with my ministry. I am no longer struggling. God has given me a new assignment that perfectly combines ministry & Simple Joy. In addition, God has reawakened my bold spirit. I have been too timid for too long. I am now 20 years older. Time to stop playing it safe. I have a desire to reach women with our message & I must step out boldly in faith in order to accomplish this.
So, what does all this mean? Well, I want to once again use those tools that were so effective for us in the beginning: the magazine, my blog, chats, the podcasts & our publishing business. All these tools allowed other people to help us share our message. We are getting back to basics, focusing on a few key areas that enable us to reach the most people.
I will be sharing more very soon. I have so much going through my mind & on my heart right now. I understand David wanting to sing & dance with joy unto the Lord. I am so filled with joy right now, I could POP!