Sisters, Plant Seeds of Love

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Four years ago a lovely woman walked through my door with her fiancé in tow and my life changed.

I just didn’t know it yet.

Tina (pictured above in the green dress) met Kupa (second from right, in the coral shirt) in Portland and Kupa wound up staying with us, in a waiting season of his life. Doors were opening for great change for both of them. Good change. Now, I find myself in a big door-opening and changing season myself, after so often being the woman who kept things going while others opened doors and came and went.

After three years of writing for SheLoves, I’m stepping away from this lovely meeting place to other things. Good things. My book is coming out in a few months—HURRAH! And my two sons are moving out of the area for work and school, another big shift.

I wanted to say such a big THANK YOU—particularly to Tina for opening this door, and to Idelette for having an immense heart and for saying, Yes! Come, be with us.

It’s been a blessing and an honor to be given regular space here.

I’ve been grateful every month for the hands that labor—Sarah, Rebecca and Megan and all the editors who’ve worked with my words—Tina, Claire, Michaela and Winnie.

One of the best things about writing for SheLoves is all the lovelys who read and bless, pray and care—the women I never would have met, like Bev in Australia and Siki in South Africa. Learning about Burundi from Kelley, and hearing about caring for aging parents from Diana. It’s a rich feast!

I want to leave you with some verses as a blessing on all you do to plant seeds of love and water them, whether visible to others or not, and encourage all of you in the midst of tough seasons.

“Therefore, my beloved sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (From 1 Corinthians 15:58)

“What you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or some other grain.”  (Words, or mothering, or teaching, or editing, or protesting, or saving and sustaining life in whatever manner …)  -1 Corinthians 15:37)

But the outcome is glory, glory, glory.

Much love to all of you … and so many thanks.

If you’d like to track me down, my new author site is: Anne-Marie.Heckt.com. My novel, A Cradle in the Waves, will be coming out in June! You can find more info about the book on my site. Thanks for all the encouragement, friends.

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