Fun News Shared Here First

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Can you guess what my news is?

I don’t want to raise expectations too high. For some of you, this might not seem all that exciting. Before I go too far, I should probably respond to all the guesses y’all made on Facebook.

No, I’m not a grandmother (unless my grand-dogs count, and they totally should!). Yes, I am going on a trip, but that’s not the fun news.

Violin lessons? Um, I’m tone deaf and musically challenged, though that won’t stop me from belting out praise songs when the mood hits. Earning a theology degree? That would be interesting. I’ve long fiddled with the idea of getting my master’s. But no, that’s not it. Leading my own ministry? Sort of, although Wholly Loved isn’t “mine” per say. Praise God we have an amazing team of nearly thirty talented and Christ-led individuals passionate about helping women experience freedom. But while that’s a praise, that’s not my news. 🙂

About a month ago, I decided we’d find a fun way to celebrate once I reached the ten book mark–the tenth traditionally published book. At the time, I had 8 traditionally published books (and others that I had published myself). I assumed my tenth contract would coincide with my 50th birthday, which I also planned to celebrate–preferably by going on a trip with family.

But then …

I received an email from my agent. My publisher offered me my first two book contract. This means I’ve hit the ten book mark! So that feels fun.

Celebrate with me?

Oh, and before I go, I should probably mention, LifeAudio.com dropped another Faith Over Fear Podcast episode. This one was on one of my favorite topics, or at least, one I’m coming to believe is of utmost importance in so many areas: Having the Courage to Set Boundaries. You can listen here:

The Courage to Take a Risk for Friendship – Ep. 50 Faith Over Fear

Many times, obedience is hard. Taking steps of faith will feel exponentially harder if we try to go it alone. We all need supportive, encouraging allies who understand our struggle, will point us to Christ, and, when necessary, speak hard truths. In order to develop relationships to the depth our souls need, we’ll have to risk being vulnerable. But the strength and courage we’ll receive in return will far outweigh the risks. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Shellie Arnold at: https://www.shelliearnold.com/ https://www.facebook.com/shellie.arnold.7 Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. Share a time when you felt alone in your obedience or perhaps alone in general. How did your sense of aloneness impact your behavior? 2. Who in your life do you most gain support from? 3. Healthy relationships speak truth in love. How easy or difficult is it for you to receive constructive feedback? 4. When has someone you love challenged you to grow in an area, and how did you respond? 5. Strong relationships take effort and intentionality. Mary was willing to walk 80 miles for support. How readily do you embrace inconvenience in order to prioritize relationships? 6. Consider your current struggle or call. In what ways has God shown Himself faithful to support and prepare you? 7. When has a step of faith forced you to rely on someone else? What was the result, relationally? 8. Can you think of a time when God asked you to be an ally for someone? Did you obey? 9. Who might God be inviting you into deep friendship with? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nuthawut Somsuk
  1. The Courage to Take a Risk for Friendship – Ep. 50
  2. The Courage to Fight for Others – Ep. 49
  3. Responding with Courage When Others Act Foolishly – Ep. 48
  4. The Courage to Shed False Identities – Ep. 47
  5. The Courage to Let Our Kids Fail – Ep. 46

Is there a fear related topic you wish I’d cover? If so, let me know!

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