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This n’ That

Howdy to all! My apology for not posting more here. Some days it is just hard to get motivated. Is it because I have had a less ‘dramatic’ week compared to this whole year or is it the fact I have so much on my ‘to do’ list I just know where to begin? I wonder, do you ever feel this way?

So, with that being said I thought I’d post some rambling thoughts, occurrences and news over the past week.  You’re probably thinking ‘Why did she post a picture of a plant?’  More on that at the end of the post.  {smiles}

New Support Group for 2012!

Good news! HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group is expanding! A new support group in a new location will begin next year in The Woodlands / Conroe (Houston, Texas) area. If you’re interested in attending this group send your info through the Contact page.  I’ll send you updates.

No worries for you who attend HOPE at Lakewood Church!  We will still meet there as well.  Please join us on December 1st at 7 p.m. for fellowship at the Black Walnut Cafe and Chocolate Bar in the Rice Village.  Meet at 5510 Morningside, Houston. We are taking the month of January 2012 off, but will resume February 2, 2012.

Sponsorship

Dancing Upon Barren Land ~ Spiritual Nourishment for the Infertility Road is now a proud sponsor of Miss Mustard Seed. Miss Mustard Seed is a decorating / design / DIY blog.  www.missmustardseed.com. There is a web button to where those are visiting can link up to the online ministry’s page.  I feel this is one way to ‘get the word  out’ to women who may not actually search for a site like Dancing Upon Barren Land.  If you love decorating you’ll love this blog!  If you are a visitor whose come over from her site, please leave a comment.

You too can sponsor!  Dancing Upon Barren Land Ministry is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Your monetary contribution is tax deductible and aids in keeping this site ‘live’, printing and providing resources to those who have fertility issues.  God has blessed this ministry in more ways than one! I do ‘THANK YOU’ wholeheartedly for your support to those who are grieving from infertility. Please pray and consider giving.  It’s easy!  Please see the Home Page if interested.

Guest Blogging

Recently I was asked if I would write a guest post for an infertility blog.  Rethinking My Thinking, by Angel Mackey is site for encouragement for infertility issues and renewing your mind in the Word of God.  Angela’s passion is contagious, I  hope you’ll visit her site.

Here’s the guest post I contributed, It Hurts-Be Real-Just Smile, www.rethinkingmythinking.com. Scroll down to November 4th. For some reason it’s not letting me post the link.

Social Media

If you are fan of Facebook or Twitter, please like and follow.  Facebook: Dancing Upon Barren Land Minsitry  Twitter: DUBLhope.  Could you help me get the word out about Dancing Upon Barren Land?  Consider posting or sharing the link to your wall or news feed.  www.DancingUponBarrenLand.com, or letting your church or Women’s Ministry know about the web site.

Website

Some great news about the website.  Over the next month I’ll be working with a new web guy, my third team since the inception of this site 3 years ago. God has beens so good to me to put the exact people I need, at the right time for this ministry and provide the money necessary to keep this site ‘LIVE’ and kicking. I am so grateful!  Those of you who know me know that I AM NOT a technical person.  So, I must confess I need a lot of help!  In the future you may see some changes, but all will be for the better. I’m open to any {helpful} suggestions or changes regarding the site, please leave a comment.

Encouragement

Earlier in the week I was reading in the devotional Longing for a Child, by Kathe Wunnenberg. In one particular chapter she referenced the story of Gide0n in Judges 6.  One sentence jumped off the page.  God was telling Gideon “Go in the strength you have.” Judges 6:14. I don’t know about you, but the phrase encourages me.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep going forward on this journey, to keep believing, but I feel impressed to share and tell you “Go in the strength you have.”  {This is a word for you weary mother’s who read this blog also}.

Now to the picture of the plant. I enjoy gardening. I believe I picked up this hobby growing up with parents who had a landscaped yard / flowerbeds, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse with exotic plants. Needless to say, I don’t have the expertise they did, but I sure try! Usually after a morning walk I’ll go and look at my garden to see how it’s growing.  I have a passion for different types of succulents, not cactus, per se, but succulents; sedum, sempervivum, jovibarba and echeveria. For those of you into gardening you may know what I’m talking about, for those of you who aren’t then you just received a lesson a the genus of succulents.  {smiles}

Anyway…I saw this echeveria (picture above). Yet what I noticed was this little thing (I think it’s a seed pod, you see them floating in the air), very small, tiny, not too heavy, attached to the plant.   Instantly I though of how we (I) allow the littlest things to attach themselves to us and BUG US!  Whether it be what someone said, or the way they acted or if it some issue rather quite small being BLOWN out of proportion in our mind. Whichever it may be, we’ve allowed it to stick to us.

Like our fertility journey and our quest to have a family we can get so perturbed by the littlest thing. We have to realize our emotions are heightened, our nerves are raw and senstive and our hearts heavy.  We have to fight the little things off!  Don’t allow them to stay or dwell on them.  Move forward! Later on in the day I went outside to the garden and the little thing (whatever it’s called) was no longer attached to the plant.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

I pray you’ll have a great weekend!  Happy Thanksgiving to those who live in the United States! I’m grateful for you all!

I’d love to hear from you, hope you’ll post a comment.

His love and mine to you today.  God bless!

Lesli

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Lisa T

Lesli, I was so encouraged by reading your post on the other blog site you listed here. What you wrote in “It hurts-be real-just smile” hit it for me today. We have to trust in our Heavenly Father who knows us and loves us. That’s the promise I cling to and thank you for reminding me of that, when I find myself tucked behind the office door or in the bathroom, having my own hard moments too. Thank you for being real. Blessings – Lisa

I love you, my friend. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

JoAnn Heath

Good stuff, Les! Have a great holiday! I am thankful for u!

Lesli Westfall

Thanks my sweet Jo!

Lesli Westfall

Lisa, I’m glad you were encouraged. Sometimes you never know how one perceives putting your feelings, no matter how corny, silly or peculiar, ‘out there’. Vulnerable, to say the least. However, I find when I’m ‘real’ with all this infertility stuff, it seems to touch a heart…and that’s what it’s all about! So thankful HE touched yours. Hang in there! Have a blessed and fruitful Thanksgiving.

Lesli

Lesli Westfall

Thanks my sweet Andy! Love ya too!

Les

Hi Lesli!

I loved this post. Thanks for giving us an update on everything…I checked out your guest post at rethinkingmythinking.com. I know being in an elevator full of pregnant women is no fun but there are some times where you just look up and go, “Really, God? Really?” And you can’t help but chuckle a little.

Thanks for the encouragement. I know nothing about plants…I have a bit of a black thumb, really…but I understand your point. It makes all the difference to keep moving forward and not dwell on the little things.

I’m looking forward to the next HOPE meeting!

Angela Hall

Hi Lesli

I so enjoyed your encouragement in this devotional. I often allow silly little things to bug me, and I really need to let them go and move on, so thanks for the reminder. I also enjoyed your word about going in the strength we have – so good, thx.

I love succulents as well! Here is a succulent feast for the eyes:
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=succulents&hl=en&rlz=1T4ADFA_enAU369AU370&prmd=imvnsl&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=C-LKTomxEueRiQe7_t3_Dw&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=782
I hope you are able to click on the link and see all the wonderful succulents.
God Bless
Angela

Lesli Westfall

I’m always appreciative of your compliments Angela! I’m glad you are encouraged too. I can’t wait to click on the link to succulents! Thanks for sending it. I’ll have to send you a picture of my succulent garden. 🙂

Love,
Lesli

Lesli Westfall

Hey Hannah!

Just saw your comment! Thanks! Can’t wait to see you next Thursday at Black Walnut Cafe. It’ll be fun! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Lesli