Simply Sather

EXCITED FOR OCTOBER

I have been one to get anxious about things to come.

In fact, it’s more accurate to say that up until about 6 to 9 months ago, I would describe any excitement as anxiety. Things I was getting ready to do – that I was excited about was mostly bound up in nervousness, lack of surety and quite simply…fear.

It’s been difficult for me to even imagine living without this tension, but as it starts to unravel more and more (because my identity in Christ is becoming more clear) I’m beginning to be able to describe myself as “excited” about things to come.

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EXCITED ABOUT OCTOBER

With the exception of a couple of days, I’ve posted everyday on Facebook + Instagram about the #soultendingSeptember challenge. And it’s been good. But tiresome. But good.

I superseded some goals and completely goose-egged a few others.

But, I’m happy – and proud – that it’s looking like I’m going to finish. And finish strong.

With today being no TV/Netflix, Mister and I have already committed to dining in, sipping wine and playing board games/reading books. It will be just the two of us relaxed and enjoying all of one another’s company. For the introvert + book nerd in me, this is a wonderful, wonderful Friday night.

As the rest of the clock rolls out on Soul Tending September (expressing gratitude + belly laughing), October is right around the corner. And it’s full of exciting things.

ON THE CALENDAR + IN THE PRAYER JOURNAL FOR OCTOBER

We’re learning more and more each day the importance of putting our dreams, goals + plans before God in prayer. He wants to hear from us and walk with us in these things. I believe this because I believe that God wants to comfort us when things don’t go as we planned (but are still within His control) and wants to celebrate with us when we realize answers to our prayers in the physical; like right before our eyes.

For us, October is filled with so much to be excited about and so many opportunities for prayers answered boldly. Here are a handful…

SIMPLY SATHER

I’ll be making more strides in cementing the foundation of Simply Sather and the work of helping people tend to their souls by planning more soul care retreats, coaching people and developing + presenting courses to help people get unstuck from stress + overwhelm.

My 90-day business plan will also go into effect. I’ve glanced at it, feels a lot like graduate school level homework, so you can go ahead and pray for me on that.

SHANGHAI, CHINA

With a few more details to be worked out, we should be boarding our flight to Shanghai in the middle of the month for Mister’s work. He’s been invited to speak and asked me to come along with him. The turnaround will be quick and the travel may be a bit challenging, but I’m extremely grateful that this is something I can even participate in with him.

At this time last October, I was too sick to hardly work, let alone travel to the other side of the world. Just praising God for what He’s already healed in my body and all that it will mean I get to go and do, see and be a part of.

FINISH MY SELF IMPOSED BOOK CHALLENGE

It was so fun to set up a challenge for myself. I’d participated in so many others set by other people and I think I found the reason I struggled to finish their challenges was because it boxed me in a bit. I am currently 2 books (well 1 1/2) from reaching my goal.

You can see the list of books I’ve read here + hear the reviews of some of them from my Instagram Book nerd page here. I’m looking forward to spending more time in the “land of books” in the coming year and am already planning + preparing for a reading challenge in November + December (over the holidays) and for the 2019 year.

It’s fun to finish but exciting to start!

FALL FAST 2018

A girlfriend and I were lamenting about our young adult children and how to parent them in this season; they’re both our first to take us into this part of the forest.

As we were talking, I realized that some of the things we were discussing were things in which we beginning to develop ruts. We were getting stuck in the quicksand of understanding how to help these young people make good, godly decisions with underdeveloped brains. (Serenity Now!!!)

In the desire to get free from our thinking and frustrations, we decided that we take every Wednesday for the next six weeks to fast + pray. So starting the 3rd of October, we will be forgoing food for breakfast + lunch to commit our hearts, thoughts, aches, wounds + pains as it pertains to our young adult children (and whatever else comes up) to God.

If you’d like to join us, you can sign up for this Membership Group here. Please be patient, this is new to me, so it may be tweaked as I learn, but my heart is to provide a place apart from social media where fellow people can learn about fasting, while fasting with other people who are fasting. I have a simple idea that will hopefully get better each time we do it, but for now, I’m just excited at the response and hope you’ll join us.

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There’s so much to be excited about. So much to be grateful for.

These are just a few of the things I’m praying about for the month of October and how they will bleed into and impact the rest of this year. I intentionally shared these goals with you because I’m not sure how they will turn out. I’ve not built my own business before, not traveled to China, read so many books in one year (with so many things going on I might add – working full time, son graduating from high school, teaching him to drive and prepare for his license, major surgery, online dating, a wedding (ours) + a move) or facilitated an online membership group before.

I’ll need the strength and guidance of God along the way.

I’m less terrified. Less consumed with how it looks. Even less concerned with the results. And y’all, I’m excited!!!

Excited to be starting + building + doing something. My steps are bold and confident. Even if they won’t always be, I am still taking the steps. Let’s go ahead and finish up our soul tending work for September and let our hearts be giddy for the hope we have in October.

What messy but exciting thing(s) are you looking forward to in October?

 

 

 

 

Simply Sather

one million minutes

If you’ve been around here or on my Insta feed for any amount of time you know that I’m a moderately voracious reader. The kind that prefers to hold books and turn their pages –  most of the time, I have a book in my car or tote just in case there are a few minutes to read/finish a page.

My purse, currently + for real…

In order to support my book habit, I get most of my books from the public library which is about a 2- minute drive from our home and an 8 to 10 minute walk. It’s a lovely little library with a beautiful backyard. Truly – there are trails around there with a substantial park nearby.

When I see new books or am tempted to join a book of the month club (which is really tempting) I get on the library’s website to request those new hardcovers that run around $27.99 by placing a hold where they will set the book(s) aside from me – even from cooperating libraries in the area. Not only does it save us money, but it also saves us space in our apartment home and it helps encourage us in our goal to live more simply.

I also feel connected to the library and helping reach this goal because I try to participate in the monthly book club that takes place in the evenings – the first Wednesday of each month (not including June or July). Though I don’t get to always go and participate, there is a little community around the table and I enjoy that.

We vote on the books we’d like to read and then gather to discuss. It’s a laid back, diverse group of women – though men are welcome – and the books are almost always books I would not have chosen for myself. It’s a good fit for me!

I’m ready y’all! Who’s gonna join me?

Our book club is led by Librarian Lisa and is where I learn a lot about what’s going on and the cool things the library has to offer.

Which is exactly where I learned about the summer reading challenge for Keller residents – “helping our community read ONE MILLION MINUTES” from 04 June to 21 July this summer. I think I did the math correctly on this one, but if 50,000 people read 20 hours in that time, we’ll hit our goal. Since our population is less than 47,000 people and most people won’t get down with books for 20 hours like I plan to, I’m hoping to motivate at least 23 other Keller residents to join us in taking a big bite out of this community challenge.

Y’all, this is fun for me.

Simple, free – it has health benefits (slowing down, resting one’s body while developing the mind – “readers are leaders”) and it’s something that is absolutely accessible to (almost) everyone – if they can read or are willing to be read to (don’t count out those babies listening to your precious voice).

To do my part, I’m gonna stay focused on accomplishing my book challenge – but winning prizes is exciting too. Yes fellow nerds, you get to read and possibly win stuff (cool stuff) too. If you live here in Keller, Texas promise me you’ll head over here to check it out and set up a log to digitally record the minutes you read.

Mister and I will be contributing and recruiting other readers – older and younger – to join and record their minutes to help our community reach the goal. Most importantly though, I’ll be over here in my corner of the world, reading books.

If you’re planning on participating and live here, leave a comment below, direct message me on Insta and/or post something on your own social media inviting your people to participate.

Come on Keller, let’s do this!