why am I in your inbox today?

Mainly, it's because at some point or another, you invited me to be here. That's pretty cool of you friend, because I get how overwhelming your inbox has become after all these years. Do you remember when you used to sit at your computer (the much bigger variety) and wait for the words, "You've got mail?" I do. I remember waiting hours for my dial up to download all my email one fall after I'd been away from college all summer. I couldn't wait to see who had reached out to me! Now? Well, now it's not so much like that anymore.

My inbox is out of control.

Sometimes just looking at it stresses me out. Probably yours is too.

That's why I think it's cool that you wanted, at one time, to hear from me. You either signed up to receive blog posts or my pretty much non-existant personal newsletter within the last few years. And because a lot has changed since I opened those options (like the Boy Raiser newsletter from MOB Society, and the Hope for the Weary Mom newsletter from Hope) I decided I just didn't need another newsletter right now (I mean really, how much of me can you stand friends??). So I combined my blog and my newsletter subscribers into one big group, and now here you are getting this post in your inbox (or reading it on my blog).

And THIS? This is my invitation to you to unsubscribe from hearing from me.

If your inbox makes you sweat...

If you glaze over emails from people you don't know...

If you find yourself hitting "delete" before you even read the subject line...

Or if the topics I'm passionate about (encouraging weary moms, saying "yes" to God no matter what, prayer, raising boys, the writing journey, finding beauty, photography, etc) just don't float your boat anymore...

Well, then, just unsubscribe! But before you do, can I make a case for why you shouldn't?

I will praise Him as long as I have breath

If you're reading this on my blog you've noticed that it got a little facelift (if you're not, click over!) recently. I'm thrilled with it. It kept all the things I loved about my old design, and brought in new aspects that I missed or that will enable me to serve you better.

And really, that's my passion. Using all of my ministry experience to to reach women through writing and speaking, leading them in a vibrant relationship with Christ, despite the surprises and challenges of life.

If that sounds like something you could use a bit more of in this life, I encourage you to stay and see what happens. I promise I'll only show up in your inbox a few times a week. I DON'T promise to do so with any consistency though, because I'm living life, homeschooling two boys, writing books, and running a small business on the side.

It's just me here friends. Just me and all my Jesus has taught me about about the subjects above, trying to encourage you as you walk with Him too.

I'd love for you to stay so we can do this together, but please feel free to go. If you want to, just click the "unsubscribe" button at the end of your email.

But if you're staying, I'd love to know who you are. Leave me a comment telling me a little about yourself? Seriously, I know you're busy, so just make it one word or phrase that best describes you, like "mom, woman of faith, weary mom, married empty-nester, searching for truth, etc."

(If you're reading this in an email, click over and leave a comment!)

I can't wait for what's ahead! And I can't wait to share it with YOU.

Because He bends down to listen (Psalm 116:2),

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(My blog got a facelift from the talented Fran, of Small Bird Studios. Love her!)