Back in January of this year, I wrote that 2015 was going to bring some special challenges.  So far, things have gone as expected.  The first three months have been especially difficult and busy for me and my family.  On top of the normal challenges of work, school, and my health; we have also been preparing for a wedding and two graduations in May.  Additionally, my husband’s father passed away in March.  Needless to say, things have not been easy.  But, our Lord is good. His lovingkindnesses never cease and his compassions never fail. (Lamentations 3:22) He has provided strength, comfort, and help for us.  I’m thankful for all he provides.

The events of the past three months have affected the amount of time and energy I’ve been able to give Chapter 3 Ministries.  My writing has definitely slowed down.  I don’t foresee that changing until June.  In fact, this may be my last post until then.  Because of that, I decided to write this post to explain why there may not be any new material for a while. (Though I do intend to still post to Chapter 3 Ministries’ Twitter and Facebook accounts.) I could try to keep writing and hopefully get everything else done that needs doing, but I really don’t think that would work well. There’s just too much going on. I want to be there for my family, and having an undivided focus would be better. My husband agrees that it is the right thing to do.

Making this temporary change gives me peace.  It helps to insure that my initial intentions about this ministry remain intact.  When I started this website, I didn’t want it to interfere with my husband’s needs or the needs of our family.  That can happen all too easily especially when you are excited about what you are doing.  In the beginning, I spoke with him about my desire to keep things in balance.  As a way of doing that, I told him that I gladly submitted this ministry to him, not just in the sense that it is done with his blessing and under his guidance, but also that it is completely up to him how much time and energy I give it.  The command to be subject in everything found in Ephesians 5:24 includes work like this.

Lord willing, I will return and continue what I feel I have only just begun here.  There’s so much more I hope to do.  I invite you to return with me.  I deeply appreciate the readership and support that I have received.

Until then and always, may the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Sharon Lareau

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