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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Unrest

I wrote two weeks ago that my world had been shaken a little bit. Apparently that was just the beginning of the shaking!

On the 11th, my husband fell in the snow taking out the trash and, unbeknownst to us for two days, broke his leg. He got a cast on the 13th and I began to baby him. However, that night as I came downstairs to go to bed, I missed the last step, and broke my toe! So I spent some time in the emergency room, got taped up and picked up some medicine on the way home.

That has obviously slowed me down, which is why I took last week off of blog, Twitter and Facebook. I figured we'd heal for a week and everything would be fine. Not exactly.

Our local IHOP (International House of Prayer) is having an internship for college students this semester. Three young men have signed up, only one of which has a place to live right now. They have left Indiana State and put everything in God's hands for the next several months.

Last week, we found out that if one of them did not move out of his dorm on Friday he wouldn't get a refund for the classes he dropped. Larry and I knew what we had to do, so the kids cleaned out their playroom and got it ready for this young man. In just the few days he's been here, our family has basically adopted him and he fits right in. This week we found out that another intern is on his way back down here and needs a place to stay, so we're scrambling now to find beds for these guys and get ready for another guest!

We also found out in the past couple days that a couple who are good friends of ours are going through some terrible turmoil. We have been in prayer for them, ready to support them whenever we can.

As if that's not enough, our family is in a bit of financial difficulty as well. My husband is self-employed and work has been slow lately. We're surviving, but that's about it right now.

But, it will all be okay. A friend prayed over us on Saturday, highlighting some Scriptures about God's promises. I don't know what it's going to look like, and I certainly don't always stay calm about it, but He will come through if we just trust him.

My book is coming along really well. Our first edit is almost done and I'm really liking what I see. There will be four sections of testimony from my life and whole bunch of my poetry inbetween them. It will be somewhere around 100 pages, and has a great cover designed by my husband. I'm praying it can make an impact on a lot of people.

So, given everything that's going on I would really appreciate your prayers. God is all powerful and all things are possible through Him.

Have a great week and God bless!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Word of Mouth

I pray that your week, and year, is starting off as well as possible!

I have a new poem up this week called "Word of Mouth". Passing things by word of mouth has often been thought of as one of the best advertising tools, and I would agree. I would also say though that word of mouth can be a dangerous weapon when used to spread gossip and rumors. We live in a digital age where everyone can know peoples' "business" in an instant through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Add in a vindictive spirit and trouble begins.

I've also noticed that in general we're all becoming more flippant with words and insults towards others. It's not uncommon to hear kids cursing at their parents, and vice versa, in Wal-Mart these days. Respect for others is a slowly decaying idea. We as Christians need to take that back and lead by example, showing Christ's love by taming the tongue.

The past couple days have been ones of turmoil for me that's been brewing for several weeks I guess. My sense of who I am in God, where my heart is, and how I've actually been living are being deeply shaken. A new year is bringing new revelation of where I should be, and I am struggling with giving it ALL to Him. Complete surrender is what He asks, and He will settle for no less. I would appreciate your prayers as I stumble through this new section of the path God has for me.

I posted on Twitter and Facebook on New Year's Day that I was working on a major project for the poetry, so I thought I'd let you in on the secret a bit. I'm not certain of a date, but within the next couple months I will be releasing a book! It will include a selection of my poetry from the past two years, as well as some of my testimony. I wanted to tell some of my story, the amazing journey I've been on for 32 years and how Christ has lifted me out of the miry clay. You'll get to see how some of the poems were born out of that and find out more about my background. So keep your eyes open for that announcement!

I would be happy to pray for anyone who is in need. Please let me know how I can pray for you at anytime! You can send me an e-mail at holli@holliswank.com, contact me on Twitter, or on Facebook. You can also leave a comment here on the blog.

Have a wonderful week and may God bless each and every one of you!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well, 2011 is here, like it or not! Quite a bit has happened in the past few weeks to be sure.

Christmas was amazing as we'd hoped it would be. Friends and family filled our home with love, and gifts of course. The most wonderful part of the day was when Larry and three of our friends sat in our living/school room and played music. Erin even joined in on wooden spoons for a while. The sense of fellowship and love embodied the Christmas spirit completely for us.

Starting the 28th, IHOP (prayer not pancakes) began their major conference, onething. They stream the entire thing for free so from Tuesday afternoon through Friday night that consumed much of our time. We heard some really excellent messages, some absolutely amazing worship, and were able to download the notes and MP3 recordings of everything. We're looking forward to going back and listening to the things we didn't catch and pouring over the notes to go deeper into the ideas.

New Years Eve was very fun, consisting of watching the webstream of onething, rocking out with the worship music, and praying fervently for healing for my husband. It was amazing to ring in the new year watching somewhere around 25,000 young adults worship the Lord and pray for each other. There is hope in those kids.

I hope that you were blessed by this holiday season, and if you have any prayer requests, feel free to get in touch with me. Here's to a new year in the Lord and being days closer to His return!