As I mentioned briefly a few weeks ago, my new eBook, Order, Organize and Obedience is a tale spanning four decades of my journey with God to find order in the chaos of my life. It begins in August of 1979, as I’m returning to DC from Austin, Texas, after only five months. I will take you through my life in Corporate America, into my life as a wife and mother and all that I learned along the way. I had always known of God, but I never really knew God truly for myself. Over time, I have realized that my steps have always been ordered by Him through the good times and the bad. This can especially be seen as I recount the Lord orchestrated my leap of faith culminating in the birth of Order Your Steps. Order Your Steps was not only a business, but a ministry that God had ordained for me. He has not only allowed me to share God-given gifts and talents, but to also be able to share His Word through my testimony, which you will find a few sneak peaks in my blog over the next few months.
As my story begins, it’s Monday, September 17th, 2018 and I’ve been up since 7 am. It’s now a little after 8:30 am and I’m finally here! I’m sitting in front of my computer, ready to start the writing of my book, but now what? Where do I start?
Early on, during the inception of my own professional organizing business/ministry, Order Your Steps (I’ll explain more about that later), one of my objectives was to write a How-to-Organize eBook. I started to write a blog entitled Finding Order in Corp USA. Its primary purpose was to share my life at Xerox, as a backdrop to owning an organizing business. But what I discovered was that people were more interested in me and my mission, versus learning just about my career and organizing. So as Order Your Steps continued to evolve, I focused on my blog posts and the eBook took a backseat. But now I believe that the book has taken the forefront and I’ll try to explain why.
Have you ever been in the midst of a God Set-up? You probably have, but you just didn’t know it at the time. I’m realizing that I’ve had numerous Set-ups throughout my life, but let’s just talk about this year, for now. I’ll give you a little backstory how this particular Set-up unfolds. My last organizing session with a client was on September 7th. So, a few days in, I decided that God was giving me a period of rest, which He’s done before. So I didn’t really worry… at first. I just started to look forward to my next scheduled appointment, which would have been the 12th of September. But then, as the 12th got closer, the client rescheduled, and then another client rescheduled and then another. Now, I must admit that I was becoming a little concerned.
Interestingly enough, Order Your Steps turned 7 years old on Sept. 13th and the number 7 in the Bible represents “Completion”. I knew in my spirit, with an assurance that Order Your Steps (OYS) wasn’t over, but that we had entered our year 8, our Year of New Beginnings. Since 2018 began, I felt that my business/ministry was evolving into its next phase. In a few days, I’ll be 62 and I must say that although I really truly love my job, it has always been rather labor intensive, i.e. walking lots of steps, lifting boxes, carrying clothes, etc. etc. etc. So you can understand that now that I’m 60’something and to be truthful, even when I was 50’something, I’ve needed periods of rest from time to time. The Lord would always provide His strength and stamina and then He would set aside a time of rest. However, it’s now 11 days in, with very few client organizing sessions on the calendar?! I don’t believe that I’ve ever had 11 days straight without an appointment that I can remember. God always had another client on the horizon, seemingly coming out of nowhere … Thus, the Set-up!! There’s obviously, maybe not so obvious at first, something that I should be doing, during this “time of rest”.
September has been a rather interesting month thus far and I’m acknowledging the push from the Holy Spirit to do something productivity, so I’m writing my book. I’ve realized that even when God says “Be Still”, He doesn’t mean for us to stop moving!
Available for Pre-order, scheduled for release in June, 2019.
What do you think thus far?
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