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Monday, March 1, 2010

Where I've been and where I'm going!

Hi friends,

I apologize for my long period of silence. I rise each morning thinking today is the day I'll blog - and then the sun goes down and so does my body - and I rise up the next day finding I still haven't stopped by to visit. I feel like old friends are really important! I have so many things on my heart these days that I want to share - but I'm going to start today with just a Pink Impact update. This will give you an idea of where I've been...

In the past few weeks, I've been working mostly on Pink Impact 2011. That's right, 2011! We are developing our theme, guest list, schedule, pricing, and plan. We will be in our new building which all by itself makes for major conference changes. For one - all of us will be together at one gathering! 4,000 seats - just imagine that. Last week our team toured the new facility and it is breath taking in scope. Our imaginations are sparked by all the potential and careful thought put into each space. It's not just a building - it's a life center! So many wonderful God encounters will happen in this place and some of the first ones will happen at Pink Impact 2011.

Pink Impact 2010 is only six weeks away! Wow! Special surprises and gifts are arriving daily - t-shirts came last week! We are working on the final details of stage design, service agenda's, special surprises, etc. Our teams are in full tilt - working hard to make every moment of the conference a place for encouragement and hope.

In the past few weeks, we've met with Christine Caine and Priscilla Shirer. Both ladies are so excited about joining us for the week and of course - we're pretty excited ourselves. Christine will be sharing some updates on what's going on with her ministry and especially the A21 campaign. Miracles are happening daily! I just read Priscilla's newest Bible study - One in a Million. It will make you really appreciate how uniquely God fashions each of us for His purposes. Watch for the opportunity to know her better when the upcoming issue of Studio G is published. I also just read Dr. Leaf's new book about giftings and I'm listening to her new CD about the neurological differences between men and women. I can practically feel the trees in my brain growing as I listen. As I get to know these ladies, my anticipation builds for our gathering. There is so much enthusiasm and authenticity and power in their messages. God help us to prepare!

There's a lot going on in my personal life as well.

My mom in law has been through a rough patch, and is currently in a skilled nursing facility. She pretty much hates it, which may be a blessing in disguise. We've seen her zeal and tenacity rise again as she works to regain her strength. My sister in law has been a rock in this situation and is blowing my mind with her capacity to serve.

I have some very exciting news! I'm going to Israel in May. I've been interested in going to Israel for 15 years. Mark and I have talked about it numerous times. I'll be travelling with a Gateway Mission Group lead by Mary Jo Pierce, Pastor of the Prayer and Intercession Department. We'll be visiting a lot of famous places but mostly we'll be seeking to know Christ more through the experience. I feel like this is such a sweet gift to me. My doctor has given permission and so has my husband! I'll leave about two weeks after Pink Impact. Can you believe it?

And finally - health! I am continuing more chemo treatments. It seems my doctor is a careful and prudent man who believes I can beat this disease completely. He's asking me to endure more, longer. I've taken it before the Lord and Mark and I are in agreement. We continue until God says enough. Wednesday will be round 12. I am doing exceedingly well in the process. My biggest battle is always in my mind. I am daily required to trust God more and to worry less. I find it interesting that I am growing stronger in my Spirit, in my legs, in the length of my hair and in my compassion - all while a battle comes around every three weeks to wage war in my body and against my mind. God help me to be steadfast.

I met with some awesome ladies last week who also blog. They were talking about how they hate long blogs and just won't read them. They said they update their blogs a couple of times a week. Needless to say, I kept my mouth shut and didn't even tell them that I blog. I sure didn't want to confess that I am the queen of long blogs! Please forgive me for being a woman of many words and few entries. I don't have an agenda with my blog, except to share my heart while shouting to anyone who will listen about how faithful is our God!

I love and appreciate you. Thanks for the read.



Lisa M said...

I would be very dissappointed if your blog was short. I love reading all God is doing in you and your life. I'm so excited that you get to go to Israel!!!!
Love you,
Lisa M

Anonymous said...

Love the length and the content - don't change a thing!

JoAnn G.

Mary Jo Pierce said...

Dear Jan,
There's a difference between looooonnnng blogs and your blogs.

When I finish reading yours ... I'm full, not stuffed. And it leaves me wanting another blog soon!

PS - Isreal will be wonderful! I'm going to take really good care of you!

Mary Jo

Rebecca said...

I LOVE long blogs...maybe because I'm a long blogger too!!! : ) Generally, people who write long blogs pour their heart and souls into them, and you learn so much about that person through their writings! Keep it up and don't change a thing! : )

Anna Elise Mic said...

Sweet, wonderful Jan,

Thank you for the update. I am standing with you believing God for everything you and your family need in this season. You are truly a woman who knows that her source is God's continued filling! Can't wait to hear all that God does in Israel! Love you dearly, Anna

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Anonymous said...

(oops just messed up on last comment - sorry - here it is again as ME!)

our blogs could be a novel and i would totally read it ... hmm there's a thought. A novel. I would buy it! You should totally do it!

Love you and excited about you going to Israel - what a dream! And of course I just can't wait for Pink!!

Michelle W said...

Yes, I agree. I love reading your blogs and hearing your heart. :) You are precious and powerful! Hugs

Anonymous said...

I love your long blogs because I feel like I have gotten to sit with you for a while and hear your heart. It gives me a great place to focus my prayers for you!

I can not wait to see you and touch you! I hope you won't think my extra long hug is weird... but be prepared.. it's coming!

I love you.