A Personal Update and a Few Reflections

me and my babies
By Trillia Newbell

Right now I’m typing in a new home and new city. We moved and to say it’s been less than a whirlwind would be a lie. It’s been crazy, fast, and furious. Not so much furious, but definitely fast. A few months ago my husband received a job offer out of the blue in Nashville. We had not been pursuing anything at all. So we found ourselves making a rather quick, yet prayerful, decision to move to Nashville.

We are excited to be a part of a church plant also which will enable us to do a different sort of ministry together that we haven’t had the opportunity to do. We look forward to serving the pastors and members of this new church once it starts in the fall. But in the meantime I’ve been busy packing and caring for my children and haven’t been able to write much.

The Move

Over the past month I was at our home in Knoxville packing while Thern was in Nashville working. I had no idea how tiring this would be until this moment today. Today is the first day that I’ve been able to stop and breathe a bit and I’m exhausted. It’s not that good exhausted that you feel after a workout (good endorphins, anyone?) it’s that wow, I’m tired and have been running on my own strength for a full month and wasn’t aware and now I’m a bit weary, tired.  The good news is it’s summer and there’s no excuse for me not to rest.  The challenge will be convincing my two beauties (my babies) that rest is a good idea when it’s bright and sunny. I think they’ll give me grace (yes, I know, Jessica Thompson, I’m supposed to give them grace!).

Writing

I think I’ve begun about 15 articles that have not been completed, I have one endorsement overdue, and maybe something else I was thinking would be nice to accomplish but low and behold, when the Lord directs your steps you go! So, I’m behind. But I’m okay with it. Moving takes time and effort and thankfully I work with some of the most gracious folks in America (maybe an overstatement but that’s how I feel about TGC folks, Randy Alcorn, Desiring God, Erik Wolgemuth, Owen Strachan, Moody Publishers, RAAN, etc.). So I’m going to get to everything soon enough.

But! I am excited to say, besides adding a little to one chapter and editing the entire book, I have completed my book, United! And we’ve decided on the second book!! I can’t wait to share when the time is right. It’s a book that will minister to women and a subject that is near and dear to my heart. If I can be honest for a minute; finishing a book is slightly anti-climatic. I have just poured out my heart, cried some (okay, a lot), and everyone working with me (so far) is like “congrats” and I’m like let’s party. But that’s okay! My prayer is that the message of United will encourage and challenge and inspire people to think outside the box a bit. I look forward to sharing more about it soon too!

Two Rocks. God and One from God

During all of this craziness, finishing a book, moving, etc. I’ve had a few rocks. One is the Lord. He is my rock and my redeemer. He has drawn near to me when I have been weary (even today). I’m so thankful to know Jesus and to be able to ask him for mercy and to know that he has it readily available for me. I don’t always sense it—but my feelings don’t negate the reality of his goodness and mercy and kindness. The other rock that is not where I put my hope but where I cuddle up and cry is my husband. I’m so thankful to follow him on this adventure. He is steady and faithful. God knew that I would “need” a man who was steady as a rock. This man is not shaken by much. I’m so thankful for his faith in God.

That’s it!

That’s it! I simply wanted to give you a brief, personal update on my life and why I’ve been incognito (I hope to post about being incognito soon). I have been busy but by the grace of God I believe summer will bring rest and relaxation. It will be a good season to reflect on what God is doing and to learn to trust him in whatever this season will bring…I have no idea and it’s scary (I hope to write about what God is teaching me about trusting him soon, too!).

Thanks for reading. I thank God for you! I’ll get back to updating this site (thank you Christina Fox! You are amazing!!) very soon!

With joy (and sleepy eyes),

Trillia

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6 Comments to “A Personal Update and a Few Reflections”

  1. Lisa Iovine says:

    So thankful for the plans God has for you and your beautiful family! 🙂

  2. Trillia Newbell says:

    Thank you so much, Lisa!

  3. Wanda Evans says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for the update. Take care and be blessed.

  4. Trillia Newbell says:

    Thank you, Wanda!

  5. Lola A. says:

    So excited to see where God takes you guys. Thankful that United is finished. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. 🙂 (By the way, did you get the envelope I sent?)

  6. Trillia Newbell says:

    Thank you so much!!!
    And i did. So kind of you, Lola!