i knew it would work

Prayer just works, plain and simple. Thanks for praying for me. I love reading about someone’s need on her blog and stopping right then and there to pray for her. You guys are the coolest.

I’m feeling a bazillion times better. In fact, I’m having difficulty remembering what all my trials were that had me so worked up–must have been some rough stuff, eh?

For someone who speaks out publicly (well, on xanga) against materialism and commercialism and spending money all over the place just because it’s December…let’s just say that there are a few chain stores in the greater Columbus area that have pocketed a nice little chunk of my hard-earned money the past week or so. We have some extra this season (thanks, Mc-Graw Hill!), and I love being able to buy things for people in need (and people not in need), but I’m becoming a little careless. Must be more responsible. I really want to be a good steward of what God gives us, and an extra check now and then does not = shopping spree (at least until we’re out of debt).

I had some great stuff to write, I’m sure, but it’s eluding me at this late hour. Oh, one little thing. One of my former co-workers (a teacher) works with underprivileged kids in Indiana. Anyway, long story short, she told me about a little 4-year-old girl who is homeless (along with mom and older brother) and would love a small toy for Christmas. I don’t know her name, but I’m praying that the little gift we send her will somehow show her Christ’s love and make her Christmas a little brighter. There are soooooo many hurting people out there–it just overwhelms me.

Last thing–Harvest House asked me to come to one of their tradeshows in Indianapolis the end of January to meet some of the editors and do a book signing. I believe I’ve blogged before about how I would never do another book signing as long as I live. How I would rather eat worms than sit at a table, pen in hand, surrounded by copies of my book, and watch people meander by, thinking, “Who in the heck is SHE and why would we want her to sign a book for us?” I can think of few things more humiliating. I said yes. Shoot me now.

Your comments on holy lust made me chuckle. I really am looking forward to hearing what you all (and your husbands!) think of the book.

Thanks again for praying! And hey–I’d love a Christmas photo of anyone who’s sending them out. Mine may end up being a Halloween photo tucked in a Christmas card. Or at the rate I’m going, a Valentine. 🙂

17 thoughts on “i knew it would work

  1. scottnjes

    You’ll be getting a photo soon . . . as soon as i get those Christmas stamps. Since Christmas cards HAVE to have a Christmas stamp.

    So exciting that your book is coming out!

  2. YoYoYoder

    Holly Sease (a friend of the Wombold sisters) did it! She made it a caramel-y color and I really like it! It was $30. That’s kind of a lot but it’s the holidays and I baby-sat for Thomas yesterday and Suzanne paid me so that covered part of it. I was surprised Stew let me (since it’s so expensive). It was really fun actually. Every 8 weeks Holly goes over to Lindsey’s house (Lindsey Wombold married Holly’s cousin) and cuts and highlights everyone’s hair–Jessica, Lindsey, Ashley, Brandon, etc. Ashley took me last night after youth group and we had coffee and hung out and talked while everyone got their hair done. It was so great to be included in all the fun! I want to go back next time! Instead of spending lots of money on clothes, I would rather buy simpler outfits and concentrate on my hair since I wear my hair everyday, you know? You should get your hair highlighted! Treat yourself sometime!

  3. bekisue

    Christmas cards are so nice to get aren’t they? I love the ones with pictures, but I’m never on the ball enough to have one made of my family! Maybe next year!

  4. KmHunsberger

    You and Gabe should get some cute picturs taken…you have a great photographer friend….right? 🙂 I love the pics she took of you and the girls!

    Ok…I talked to Jon last night and I thikn I am going to cut my hair. He told me to have it straightened too…but I don’t think I have the courage to do that. At least not permanently. We shall see…I still have almost a week to decide.

    If I lived anywhere near Indi I would so stop in at your booksigning. We live in a very “religious” area…any chance you could get a signing up here 🙂 Seriously…the streets are empty Sunday morning bt 10 and 12 bc EVERYONE is at church. Maybe I could talk to my local Family Christian store about getting Miss Marla here…just bc I know how much you love booksignings…and I could have you over for dinner after it was over 🙂

  5. kkakwright

    I love how life often times makes us eat our own words.  Such as….”I will never do a book signing as long as I live”. 🙂  Will you please send Gabe along so he can take some pics of this event and post them on xanga.  I’m already giggling at the thought! 🙂  Love ya lady

  6. jbnygaard

    I’m so glad your feeling better! I had one of those days not too long ago, and it was the pits!!!

    I’m also so glad that I am not the only one that struggles with spending money! I have ALWAYS loved to give to people, especially at Christmas time. But being on a budget seems to damper that idea. So creativity and buying bargins throughout the year have seemed to make the idea work better. Eden is making buckeye neclaces for his friends this year for Christmas…he’s very excited!

    BTW, your photo Christmas card should be in the mail next week. IF I get them addressed soon!

  7. ch1pch0p

    I prayed for you this morning, so hopefully, your good mood continues.

    I find this with Christmas spending: I do GREAT early on, carefully budgeting and keeping track of everything, but then the closer it gets to Christmas, the less I keep track, and the more I buy, buy, BUY!

  8. gsowell

    Glad your day is brighter. I can NOT believe you opted to do another book signing. Lessons in humility, perhaps ;-)! Really, anyone who wanders by and wonders why they’d want you to sign a book is just woefully uniformed about what a great author and servant of God you are.

    As for Christmas pics…I think ours will go out late. Like in a New Year’s letter…or Valentines…or St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, that’s it. No one gets much mail in March. We’ll just send it then to break up all that Madness.

  9. rachmckinney

    i’m glad you’re doing better. amazing what a little prayer can do, isn’t it? i often underestimate it! that’ neat about the Christmas gift for the little girl. i am trying to do some things with my kids similar to that; there truly are so many needs out there. great than what i t hink mine might be.
    can’t wait to read the book, marla!

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