As you may have heard, one of New Zealand’s many volcanoes erupted last week killing more than a dozen tourists plus a couple of local tour guides. It was a tragedy and a reminder that our time on earth is short. So make the most of it this Christmas. Treasure your families. Make memories. Live fully. Love deeply. Tell your kids about Jesus, who remains the Reason for the Season.
This year has been a challenging and shaky one for us. But we come to the end of it full of gratitude and hope, knowing God is our solid rock in uncertain times. And because of his unchanging faithfulness, we are confident that the coming year will be awesome.
What’s in store for 2020? Here are three things to look forward to:
1. UPDATED DATE: April 5, 2020. If you’re in New Zealand, keep this date free for the official book launch of The Chocolate Gospel. And as we never had an official launch for Letters from Jesus, we’ll include that one too.
2. The Women’s Book. (Sorry, I don’t have a better title yet.) I am super-excited about this one. Draft chapters for my next book are already going up on Patreon, and I will post short extracts here on E2R as well.
3. In a few weeks, Escape to Reality will be ten years old! As we approach this anniversary I have been praying for wisdom about the future. What’s next? More of the same or something different? (If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them.) In any case, we will celebrate the milestone with some big giveaways. Stay tuned.
Gratitude is the language of faith and it’s a language I aspire to master. As always, I am grateful that I get to tell people the good news of Jesus. I am grateful to you for reading and sharing what I write. I am grateful to everyone who takes the time to comment, whether it’s to tell me how my words have changed their lives or how I quoted the wrong scripture! And I’m grateful to our supporters and partners who make it all possible. In particular, I would like to thank the following patrons on Patreon:
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May joy and peace be yours in abundance as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. May the Lord reveal himself as your rock, your fortress and your deliverer, a God in whom you can trust.