You’ve heard people say it took them years to do something? Well, it actually did take me twelve years to write the e-book I’ve recently made available in my book store.
First I lived it, (well at least part of it – it’s still a work in process) then I wrote it.
This excerpt from my first chapter will give you a feeling for where I was in 1996 when all this started.
In the beginning…
“Do I have to?” (Said in a very unbecoming and whiney voice.) That was my response when my husband suggested that he and I go away for a weekend eleven years ago and set some goals for us as a family. I didn’t want to leave my “babies” for an entire weekend. After all, Emily was only 8, Rebekah 6, and Eric 4. Who would I trust with them? But looming bigger in my mind was the thought of having to “set goals.” Just the thought of that sounded appalling to me. Setting goals meant you had to meet them, didn’t it? The thought of all that failure was just too much for me at that time of my life.”
Since then I’ve learned a lot about following my dear husband and knowing that the Lord will lead me through him.
This is why I chuckle every time I remember that Dan asked me to write this book in January 2006 during our planning weekend – and, knowing that the Lord will use my husband to lead me, I still didn’t even begin to consider doing it until December 2006. And then it was only because I realized the year was almost over.
Yes, ladies, I still have a long way to go. But, I must say, writing this book has been one of the great joys of my life. It is a work of love because I relived those twelve years of planning weekends as I wrote about them. I had long chats with my now young adult children about their memories and with my husband about some of the challenges, successes, and disasters. Yes, there were disasters too.
I offer you this book as a tool – one that has served my family well over the years – One that kept us on course through years of chemotherapy, growing children, financial struggles, difficult work situations, and many happy memories. Its focus is the Word of God, which we used as our compass to direct our ways and keep us on course.
Here is what a few readers are saying about my book Purposeful Planning:
Where is the Lord leading your family?
Have you really stopped to consider, God’s vision and direction for YOUR family? Most of us are aware of Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish” but have you considered the impact of a vision on your family, your home, your marriage? Read the rest of this article by Deanne Crawford
Purposeful Planning- A Review
Aug 9th, 2007 by Janice Campbell
Summer’s winding down, and we’re already preparing to head back into the school year (it’s almost too hot to think of!). Even though the boys are finished with homeschooling, there’s still plenty of schoolwork happening with all three of them in college.
Read the rest of this article by Janice Campbell
Do you want purpose?
Posted on August 8, 2007
I have just had the great opportunity to read a fellow writer’s latest ebook – and it is great! I highly recommend it for every married couple.
It is called “Purposeful Planning” By Phyllis Sather.
Phyllis takes you step-by-step through the process of planning a time together for your family to help determine the path the Lord is choosing for each area of your life. Her family has followed this format for over 12 years and has found that it provides the compass they’ve needed to plan and stay on course. Read the rest of this article by Rachel Larken
My hope and prayer is that this book will glorify God and bless your family.
Finding Joy in the Journey,
Proclaiming God’s Faithfulness at:
© 2007 Phyllis Sather
Contact me at: Phyllis@Phyllis-Sather.com