wow, God.

So I’d hit a wall. With my book. With my mothering. With life in general. Pleaded with God for wisdom, direction. At the end of myself, I needed Him. Desperately.

Long story short (the whole story will most likely end up on the pages of the book), God rocks my world! My direction-less, waste of paper, loser, no-good mommy book is now DESTINED FOR GREATNESS. I’m not talking about sales figures and yada yada, but God has really, truly answered my prayers (cries actually) I feel like the book finally has a point. A really good, focused, important point.

Bottom line? Filled with the Spirit, I can do anything God wants me to do. Relying on myself = can’t do crap. I fooled myself into thinking that I’d been leaning on the Lord lately. Not so. I’d bought into the lie that I could be some sort of super woman.

I’m choosing to do less, be more. And God is honoring it already. I could just kiss Him!

I have a radio interview tomorrow from 11:15-noon. I’d love some prayers–words of wisdom, peaceful children, working phone.

You asked about date night. It was great. The babysitter was sweet. We went to Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe (similar to Panera) because we had a coupon for a free entree. Ordered our food, “no longer accepting those coupons,” hmmmm… We ran into a guy from Gabe’s men’s group and his girlfriend, so I know God wanted us there, even if the food wasn’t fab and none of it was free.

Gabe dropped me off at Lifeway and went to Cord Camera for a few minutes, then came back to the bookstore. I just browsed and browsed happily for the longest time. Ended up buying three discount books–all in the name of “research”.

Got a couple things at Target, then spent the rest of our time in Barnes & Noble. Books = heaven to me. Got home, kids were in bed. Lovely. Ran babysitter home (2 miles away). Read a book, wrote for awhile.

Yesterday we went to my mom and dad’s again. Swam with Jordan, Katie, and Julie. Got ice cream at Good Eats-n-Treats, candy at Marie’s. Roasted hot dogs and marshmallows for supper. Took a walk, lots of photos, saw my grandma after her cancer treatment, took Nina to see the moo-moos.

Ava got a belated birthday gift from FedEx today. My SIL Angie made her a bright, striped flannel blanket. Nina got a Cinderella one for her b-day, and Ava loved it. She was THRILLED when she saw it. She’s cuddled up in the recliner with it right now. Thanks, Ang! (and Tug, Moogie, Reesey, and Tan-Man)

Next week: off to meet Gail and see Krista for the first time in (10?) years with Kimberly. Woohoo!

I’m bursting just a little bit.

35 thoughts on “wow, God.

  1. terriwright

    At the risk of sounding snotty . . . .  I believe I encouraged you to let it go and relax, and God would show the way? I hate when people point stuff out to me when they were right. Sorry.

    You know, on your way to Gail’s(or on the way home), you could stop in beautiful downtown Tollesboro, KY…..

  2. ladyjabez

    How come nobody ever comes to see me?!?!?  (ahem) – Marla – how about coming down to Xenia to speak at our MOPS meeting on S-E-X (more like how to love your hubs) – I’m on our steering team and we’re looking for someone the second Thursday Night and Friday Morning of January…. (we do pay our speakers… yeah!) – just think about it for me, would ya? 

    And as for Krista – looking forward to seeing you in October!

  3. tonialynn59

    I want to go to KY!  I want to meet Gail.  I don’t know Krista or Kimberly but if you know them, they must be nice!  My hubby is on his way home right now from TN.  They left Knoxville about 4:30, so wonder if they will be going anywhere near Gail? 

    So glad things are going so well with your writing!  Glad that God rocks your world too!  I can’t wait to read the book! 

    Man after reading these comments I’m terrified of a typo, or spelling or whatever!!

  4. gsowell

    ^^I take offense at calling it a spelling error. I prefer “typing error.” Clearly, I can spell the word. I just can’t type worth a flip!^^

    And, no, Marla, you don’t have to delete my comment. I am on a quest to live transparently…dirty laundry, warts, type-o’s and all!

  5. kkakwright

    Hey Marla, how bout….Hey, Kimberly. You wanna meet Krista? I wanna meet Gail AND SEE KRISTA. I love zoos. Let’s go for a 2 hour drive.”

    I’m deeply hurt.

  6. Nixter77

    Will pray for your interview 😉

    How awesome about our book, praise God indeed. I am so pleased 😉

    ps there is this really great zoo in Sydney?!?!?!?

  7. mtaviano

    ^Actually in KY. Last-minute “Hey, Kimberly. You wanna meet Krista? I wanna meet Gail. I love zoos. Let’s go for a 2 hour drive.”

    Miss you, Kristen!

  8. KmHunsberger

    ^^So your all having a xanga get together…jsut in C-bus not MI

    I wish I could come be with you all! I could really use it!!!!

    Umm…so glad to hear that you are feeling better about your book. I cannot imagine how good that must feel…and what a relief.

    Crying baby…gotta run.

  9. mtaviano

    ^I deleted Camille’s comments for her, because I know she’s a perfectionist. I’m such a good friend. Do you want me to edit yours, Gail, and spell “spiritual” correctly?

  10. gsowell

    ^ah, commenter’s remorse…I’ve had that !^

    Glad that God worked the book out and that you are seeing things His way! Awesome! I can’t wait to meet you live! So pumped…which by the way, means I will be under spirtual attack for the next 4 days. Ugh.

  11. ch1pch0p

    I don’t think they’re allowed to not accept the coupons if the coupon doesn’t have an expiration date. I would have thrown a fit and demanded something free.

  12. kkakwright

    I was thinking the same thing.  I think it has been 10 years.  Wow.  Just saying that makes me feel old.  But, I don’t know if I have told you or not so I will take this opportunity…..I’m so glad we reconnected.  I love you! 🙂

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