September 13, 2018

Happenings and Update

Book Tour and Launch

After publishing “The Making of a Dragonfly”, I spent three months traveling and promoting the book, making stops in Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. This month I head to Iowa for a speaking engagement and then to Colorado for another gig. I am amazed at how God continues to open doors. The feedback from the book continues to be an encouragement.

Promotions

I have had two radio interviews for the book, one with “The Review with Joy & Co.” on Fishbowl Radio Network, (July 16, 2018) the other with  Lillian Cauldwell, Passionate World Radio Network. (July 23, 2018). The book has been nominated for the 2018 Henri Award for Best Christian Motivational Book with Joy & Company. And an interview-based article that digs deeper into the book has been published on http://www.seminarygal.com. Finally, I have been offered the opportunity to record the audiobook for download. I’m contemplating this – southern accent and all. In the meantime, I’ve started a podcast – check it out!

Please remember this book as a gift idea for those seeking God, spiritual maturity, grief counseling, devotional, a Bible study tool or help through midlife. My prayer is for God to use it to help others to more fully understand who HE is.

Lessons From a Dragonfly |The Treasures of Darkness

I am slowly and steadily working on my second book. The working title, “Lessons of a Dragonfly”, is about the spiritual lessons learned during my search for Gods ways. There were many things God taught in how to navigate the pain and confusion. I am a visual learner, so God’s answers often came in the form of pictures. As I drew the picture, I had a basic understanding of what He was teaching me. The basic answer was enough, at the time, to get me through the fog. As I began writing the second book, I realized there are deeper messages in each of the pictures given. In search of the deeper meaning, I am taking time to research, interview, and ask questions of the pictures, scripture, and the basic meaning so I can do them justice when I present them in book form.

Research and Practice

What does my research involve? I am working with an expert to gain an understanding of the emotional and spiritual maturation of adults as we walk through life. There are many questions: What does it mean to be emotionally and spiritually mature? What are the steps to get there? What are the roadblocks? Understanding comes slowly as there are many aspects and stages, and I have more questions than answers.  Everything I learn resonates with God’s lessons through my dark days and the pictures He gave me are coming to life. I  look forward to sharing these treasures.

To practice what I’m learning, my speaking engagements are centered around writing and speaking on topics for book two.  I will participate in a teaching series with Women Living Well, headquartered in Charlotte, NC.  This will be another venue for research, study, and writing. The teaching series will be recorded and available in 2019.

Keep me in your prayers as I walk in God’s timing. Some days I’m content with His pace, some days I want to push Him to move quicker, and some days I’m running to keep up. When restlessness sets in, God gives me one scripture from 2 Samuel 11:1. “In the time when kings go off to war, David remained in Jerusalem.” I chuckle at this as I obey because I know God is warning me against filling my restless days with finding Bathsheba on the rooftop (falling into sinful desires).

Nesting into New Surroundings

I am settling into my new townhome, serving in my church, and volunteering at my grandchildren’s school. I’m enjoying time with the daughters and their families and meeting new friends. And I’m serving on the Grant Review Committee of the Dallas Dream Team. a nonprofit ministry that helps smaller ministries reach further into the kingdom by providing financial support.

Dragonfly Ministries Update

For you, Dragonfly Ministries fans, keep the faith. Martha and I are meeting regularly to pray for God’s direction into the “new” for Dragonfly. Please continue praying for us and for the ministry. We walk in God’s timing and know great things are coming.

A Thank You

To my friend, Peter, who called to say, “You are too quiet. We need an update. What’s happening in your “new life” in Texas? What’s going on with books one and two?” This blog is my response.  Thanks for the push, my friend.

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Mary Ethel Eckard is an author, speaker and teacher called to encourage Christians in their faith journey. She is passionate about sharing Christ with all who will listen. Through her captivating testimony of relying on God's strength and guidance through the heights and depths of life, Mary helps others find freedom from the shame and pain of their past. Mary resides in Frisco, Texas and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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