Pause to Appreciate, by Diane Stores

Diane Stores, Founder and Executive Director

Diane Stores, Founder and Executive Director

Recently I was listening to a teaching by Mark Rutland. He was talking about God resting on the seventh day….Now we all know that God doesn’t get tired. Psalm 121:4 tells us that God neither slumbers or sleeps.

Dr. Rutland went on to say that the reference in Genesis 2:2 regarding God resting on the seventh day has a much fuller meaning. One of the meanings of this word in Hebrew is to pause and appreciate. God paused and appreciated all He had created.

Just saying those words makes me slow down and remember all He has done for me and for Door of Hope. I am trying to bring this phrase into my life several times each day.

I find each time I stop and remember all of the ways He has showered us with His goodness, my body and my soul slow down. Rest is so important, for it is in rest that revelation and refreshment come.

We have so many things to be grateful for. So, as I pause and appreciate today, these are some of the things that come to mind:

  • We just hired a part-time Bookkeeper/IT Manager, Dave Nimmo, and a part-time Office & Program Assistant, Tanda Eidsvoog

  • We increased hours for Associate Director, Nate Oyloe, with full-time status coming in April

  • Gabby Plaep’s (Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator) hours will increase in April

  • All nine January - March support groups are full, with the exception of the teen group

  • Our new March support groups in Cloquet are maxed out – with 11 ladies in each of the two groups

  • Our Mankato conference is all set for March 22 – 23 and we already have 40 ladies signed up

  • Jodi Hill (Development Director) and I met with leaders in Cuenca, Ecuador this week in anticipation of a women’s conference soon

I could go on and on…God is on the move! We are so blessed to partner with Him in His work as He continues to bring hope and healing to so many.

Please join us at our April 27th Overflowing Hope banquet! It’s going to be a time of celebrating all God has done and will do for those we serve!

We appreciate your support so much! You make this work possible. Last year was a year of multiplication and we are already seeing so much growth happening this year. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for all your love, prayers, and support.

Diane Stores
Founder and Executive Director
Door of Hope Ministries