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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I learned something from my friend, Marty, that, though it has nothing to do with writing, I believe will help me with the craft. Marty has a prayer pillow ministry. She has seamstresses and prayer warriors and people with the gift of giving working with her to spread this ministry all over the world. She is one woman. She doesn't do all the work, but she has a passion for this ministry that is contagious. Because of her passion, the beauty of her work shines through.

First, Marty takes orders from local churches, shelters, parents of servicemen and women, and she selects remnants of fabric at the best cost she can find and puts her seamstresses to work. Once a pillow is sewn--just large enough for one to kneel upon--she or another helper pens a passage of scripture on the white side of the pillow, anoints it with oil, then lays her hands on it and prays. This is Marty's mission. One of her great callings in life. She is passionate about what she does, and because of this passion--she accepts no pay for these pillows, but funds a great deal of it herself--homeless people, men and women fighting in Iraq, seekers in Australia, nursery workers, homebound, sick and hurting people are blessed all over the world.

Passion is the machine that drives her. She speaks to churches, clubs, travels some distance to share her vision, and the beauty of her passion draws her and her helpers more work than they can possibly keep up with.

Marty's passion inspires me, and I find myself asking, when was the last time I was passionate about my own God-called mission in life? I write. That's what I was called to do, but sometimes it seems I've done it for so long, some of the passion has filtered away. Seeing Marty's excitement over her mission has helped me with mine. I see the beauty in it again, like the bow wrapped around this simple vase of flowers. If I don't find passion in my calling, who else will see it? It's time to rekindle my own love for my mission, and see the beauty in it once again.

How about you? Is there a passion you need to rekindle? Marriage needs passion. Parenthood needs passion. Doing God's will in your life must be an act of passion and love and sacrifice. Delve in and find it again. I'm going to.

Hannah Alexander  
posted at 1:19 PM  
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At 8:15 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Beautiful post, Cheryl! What an encouragement and inspiration to give our best for the Lord.

My passion is to have more passion for Jesus.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Great post, Cheryl! I'm with Di--more passion for Jesus and to do what he's given into my hands: love my family, love my kids, write my books.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Wonderful insights ... I can share in Diann and Colleen's hearts - can we ever have ENOUGH passion for Jesus? Sometimes I draw in a deep breath and just know His presence ... like this morning ... and therein lies my growing passion. <3

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I wish my passion was as mature as all of yours. Mine is to have fun. I'm just a child at heart, and I pursue fun and work, so that I can afford to have more fun. I love adventure and change and life in general.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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