Would you support a new devotional book?

First of all, this post is not a devotional. If you want today’s devotional, that happened at earlier today. This post is a question to anyone who’s enjoyed reading my devotional blog posts.

Surefooted

Surefooted

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for another published AlwaysPeachy devotional book, one that has more than 30 devotionals in it. So I’ve been considering putting a whole year’s worth in one book, but financially I’m not at the point where I can fund it from my own bank account at this point.

So I’m testing the waters at this point to see if any of you awesome readers out there would be interested in participating in a crowdfunding campaign to help me put another book together.

If you don’t know what crowdfunding is, let me give you a little background. Crowdfunding is basically a group of fans or supporters who sponsor a specific project financially in return for some product or service. In this case, if you agree to sponsor a new AlwaysPeachy project, you’ll be guaranteed a copy. It’s sort of like paying for your copy in advance. But you won’t just get a copy. I’ll make sure you get a signed copy, an acknowledgement either on the blog or inside the book, and maybe even a plate of no-bake cookies. (I’m not above shameless bribery, and I do love to make cookies.)

Crowdfunding has been around for a long while, and there are many legitimate sites online that provide crowdfunding services. I would be using www.PubSlush.com, which is a site specifically for independent authors and small presses. It comes highly recommended.

AlwaysPeachy Devotionals

AlwaysPeachy Devotionals

Basically, how this would pan out, is I release how much it’s going to cost for me to produce a book with one year of devotionals, plus the production costs and the legal costs, and people have the opportunity to sponsor the project financially, in amounts ranging from $1 to $100 each. As soon as I get the amount necessary, I’ll produce the book and make it available for everyone, and if you’ve already sponsored the project with a high enough amount, you won’t have to pay for your copy. You’ll get it automatically.

This would be a whole year’s worth of devotionals, a single page, Monday through Friday, January through December, with a different theme each month. I’ll probably produce it both in physical and electronic versions.

Anybody game?

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Ministry team assembled from the US and Guatemala to reach the Kekchi, Peten, Guatemala

How paintballing taught me why teams matter

I don’t remember how old I was when I went paintballing for the first time. I think I was in high school. If you’ve never been paintballing, you should go. Just for the experience. It’s one of those ridiculous things people do–running around shooting each other with air-powered paint pellets. I thought it would be like a water gun fight, but it isn’t. Oh, no, it’s so much better.

But it hurts. Not going to lie.

I think we were supposed to be on teams, but I’ve never been really good at competing in a group. I’m not coordinated at all, and I usually have to move at my own pace, which is significantly slower than other people. So I don’t like being on a team with others because I slow them down, and that makes me feel guilty. It always has. So I prefer to be on my own.

But in paintballing…. well, let’s just say it’s better to have a team mate. Because when you end up charging at someone, your partner can take them out … just not before they shoot you three times point blank in the chest …. I won’t mention names (*cough-cough-Jimmy-Dinsmore-cough-cough*).

It’s better not to charge into battle without someone who’s got your back. You’ve seen in all those movies where the hero tells his sidekick to cover him? It’s like that. Somebody to help you out in the heat of battle so you can accomplish more than you could alone.

And maybe the paintballing metaphor is a little much, but it still gets the point across in my brain. If I’d had backup that day, sure I still would have gotten shot (three times point blank in the chest, Jimmy Dinsmore) but I would have had somebody behind me to pick up where I left off.

Today’s verses are Numbers 11:16-17.

Ministry team assembled from the US and Guatemala to reach the Kekchi, Peten, Guatemala

Ministry team assembled from the US and Guatemala to reach the Kekchi, Peten, Guatemala

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you. I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.”

Moses is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world, even by secular scholars. But even he wasn’t above his fair share of whining. Just being honest. And Numbers 11 is one of those chapters where Moses has had it with Children of Israel, and because they won’t quit whining, Moses takes it up with God.

And God, instead of smiting Moses for complaining, gives him this advice. God tells him to gather a certain number of people who are recognized and respected, and God would appoint them as rulers over the Children of Israel along with Moses, so Moses wouldn’t have to do it all by himself.

Aren’t you glad God understands our need for teams, even if we don’t? Honestly, I think Moses probably could have elected those 70 elders without God’s permission. He didn’t need God to tell him that it was allowed. He just wasn’t used to working as part of a team, I’m sure. Or maybe he wasn’t used to delegating. Or maybe he had my problem and didn’t want to slow others down because he couldn’t move as fast as they wanted.

In any case, Moses couldn’t manage the entirety of the Israelite nation by himself, and that’s why God told him to get a team together. And that principle is still good to remember today. Or do you think you can handle your life by yourself?

God has put some amazing people in our lives, and they’d probably be thrilled to death if you asked them for help. Don’t believe Satan’s lies that you have to do everything alone. That’s not true, and that’s not what God intended for you.

So what great challenge are you facing right now? How about next week? Or next month? Maybe even next year, if you’re planned out that far in advance. What do you have to do that is too much for you?

Yes, God is on your side. He’ll never leave your or forsake you. He’ll give you supernatural strength to be able to do things beyond your own capacity. But He’s also put people in your path to be on your team, people who love you, people who want to help you, people will skills that you don’t have. Don’t forget about them. Don’t cut them out. Don’t deny them the blessing of being able to be a part of what God is doing in your life.

Being tough is fine. Being stupid about it? That’s something else entirely.