One of the comments I sometimes hear is appreciation or amazement at how positive I/we have been through this ministry transition. There are a couple of reasons that may seem to be the case.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT) in the New Testament tells me to “Fix [my] thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” I have lived life with my focus on the “poor me”, the “what ifs” and the “wonder how bad this will get”? None of those thoughts fit the Phil. 4:8 matrix.
I could share with you some of the negative or challenging thoughts I’ve had the past six weeks, or the disappointment when a message didn’t come that I expected, or when one came that I didn’t want to get, or any other number of things that are part of my daily life. But that won’t benefit me, and it won’t benefit you.
Secondly this blog was started to raise my Ebenezer. If you are new to my writings, you may not be familiar with that term. An Ebenezer is a memorial, a pile of stones set up to honor or memorialize something. I want these writings to be signs of God’s working in my life. I record them here so when I hit some down days, as I have recently, I can reread how God has met me in the past and it reminds me that He will continue to be faithful now, and until the day He calls me home.
Let me give you an example of how this plays out in my life. I took the month of December “off.” I didn’t do much to pursue employment, I rested A LOT, spent time with family and friends, and spent the time as I desired. As the month ended I geared up thinking that January 2nd was the first day of my new work. While Jerry and I don’t know all of what our “new work” is yet (we are still talking with some other ministries and praying), we know that part of it at least involves more writing and speaking for each of us.
So, there I sat at my desk on the first work day of the new year of opportunity and began to clean my desk. As I did that I would periodically check email, etc. That “happened” to be a day that several new people began to follow me and I had more interactive traffic via both the blog and emails on my writing. What an encouragement! As if that were not enough I got a phone call from someone inviting me to be the speaker for their women’s retreat in April. What particularly struck me is the date they were asking for was one I could not have accommodated if I were still in my former position. I was enjoying the view from the top of the roller coaster that day; so very grateful for God’s timing and encouragement and blessing.
Check back on Friday for part 2 and the wrap up of this roller coaster ride.
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