Today I am heading to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA for a 48-hour retreat. This retreat has been on the calendar since May and I have been looking forward to ever since. It follows one of the most crazy-busy summers on record. Two weeks ago Matthew went back to school, and since then I’ve worked to get caught up on everything that got left in the wake of the summer’s events. I’m getting close, but for now, I’m heading to the Monastery.
The Monastery is a sacred place for many, including me. It is the place I go on a regular basis to meet my friend, Cyndi, to pray, connect, reflect, and hold each other accountable. It is the place where I was given my 2015 Star Word: “simplicity.” It is the place where I wrote my first book, A Bead and a Prayer. And as of today, it will be the place I begin work on book #4.
I’m thrilled to tell you that Upper Room Books has agreed to publish my next book! As I’ve shared before, this book will focus on using prayer beads to heal from trauma and other wounds. It will follow my own story of healing, including my profound experience at The Academy for Spiritual Formation. It will also incorporate the stories of others as well (if you’re willing to share yours, click here). Along the way, I hope it will offer hope for those who seek to ask God the hard questions, speak their truth, and deepen their relationship with the God of Deep Love. I’m so excited to write it! Mark your calendars for spring 2017, when it should be available.
I ask for your prayers as I head to the Monastery and begin the writing process. I know you will be with me in Spirit.