The start of MIDDLE EAST MONDAYS!

Marhaba! (That’s “hello” in arabic.)

This past weekend I went to the 7th annual Arab Women’s Conference in San Francisco, California

It was incredible. 

While there, I met one of the speakers. In our introductions, I said, “I’ve been passionate about the Middle East for almost twenty years.” She stopped in her pin-striped blazer, well-hanging trousers, and politely savvy heels. She smiled, poignantly. “Thank you for loving the Middle East. We need more of that.”

I smiled a reflective accord. “You’re welcome,” came the happy hope from my living words. 

I love loving the Middle East. It’s one of my most significant passions and callings. Well, I’ve been thinking about commencing the habit of posting on this blog about the Middle East every Monday. The fire found in the conference was my tipping point. 

So, WELCOME TO MIDDLE EAST MONDAYS. This is merely the beginning. See you next week! 

Do share this blog with friends who have an affinity for the Middle East! I want it to be a place for people to come together and strengthen each other in hope and vision for the region. Plus, I truly want to enjoy the great things about that region together. So, if you have a poem, painting, video, etc about the Middle East that you’d like to share here, email me at hopeiraq@gmail.com

Let’s hug the Middle East together… especially on Mondays! 🙂

 

 

 

Faith often wears the clothes of perseverance.

A while ago I wrote the following blog post. I re-read it today. I meditated on it to encourage myself. May it encourage you as well. Whatever you do, don’t give up on the journey to your destiny. It matters to God and it matters to the world.

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/happy-perseverance-seven-times-elijah-said-go-back/

Appetizers from the book I am writing

The new year has dawned. My return to Iraq is in a holding pattern: unknown and waiting. The gift of this time, the glory of this time, the guts of this time – this month, this season, this blink – includes finishing the book I am writing. I have written 150 pages thus far. I estimate over 100 to go. It’s quite an undertaking, but I am confident it will transform lives, and inspire people to do the “impossible”, live with outrageous hope, and love their neighborhoods to life. In honor of my first day of book writing in 2012, here are some excerpts. Enjoy, share with others, and let me know what you think.

The background on why I am writing a book:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/i-am-writing-a-book/

Excerpts.

Go ahead, make a cup of tea, light a candle, open a window for some fresh air, take a deep breath, and relax. All our lives are roads of joy and discovery, success and wonder. Come journey with me. 

About my grandma and seeing the unseen:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/gus-an-excerpt-from-my-book/

About being delivered of ten years of chronic depression and suicidal thoughts:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/when-god-calls-you-by-name-an-excerpt-from-my-book/

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/when-god-calls-you-by-name-part-2-an-excerpt-from-my-book/

About travel, wonder, and nations falling in love with Jesus:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/travel-trailer-a-short-clip-from-my-book/

About my first experience speaking in tongues:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/my-first-speaking-in-tongues/

About God speaking to my mom through the actress Cybill Shepherd:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/cybill-shepherd-and-god-tag-teaming-an-excerpt-from-my-book/

About making a new friend in Bulgaria and running into him in Massachusetts months later:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/excerpt-from-my-book-bulgaria/

About a Muslim friend in Turkey and courageous questions over the Bosphorus Strait:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/book-excerpt-days-in-a-conservative-neighborhood-in-istanbul/

About a community house and a mentally unstable refugee at Easter lunch:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/easter-the-eritrean-refugee-an-excerpt-from-my-book/

About one particular impossibility-defying day living in Palestine:

https://upsidedownbethlehem.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/the-holy-spirit-grew-up-in-ramallah-an-excerpt-from-my-book/

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Also, my book is available for pre-purchasing. In fact, I need to raise money to pre-purchase my own books from the publisher. Every $20 contribution you make reserves you a copy!

 

Check it out and spread the word!

http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=934&url=dawnsbookpublishingprepurchasingbooks

Also, please “like” my author page:

https://www.facebook.com/DawnRichardsonAuthor

My Blog’s 2010 Social Life

The technological marvel that is WordPress sent me an email with my blog stats for last year. It’s intriguing and I’m encouraged that many people drank of the golden nectar that sprouts in heaven and flowers in my life on earth. haha. Thanks for stopping by my little house in DigitalLand. There is always a throw blanket to wrap yourself in and a warm fire to heat and inspire your most exorbitantly extravagant dreams.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 127mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 9th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was why it is important to raise the dead.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, and blogger.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bride-to-be paralyzed fingers collarbone, selling poetry on etsy, lovesick kim walker albums, love poems, and new jesus culture album.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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why it is important to raise the dead April 2010
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VICTORY – something I’m wildly excited about! August 2010

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my ♥beat March 2009

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I need a miracle! Isn’t that exciting? August 2010
2 comments

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Deaf Ears Opened: an oldie but a goodie September 2010