I am supposed to be sitting down writing a blog, but my mind is all over the place. Honestly, it has been a season of many highs and lows; from one of my daughters getting engaged, another daughter/niece shortly ready to deliver a baby boy, to walking through life-changing decisions with another adult child, a growing church and all that comes with that, battling weeks of asthma issues and the realization of aging…hmmm…sorry for unloading. In no way do I want this page to be a downer, but too often we as believers in Christ quickly move to the “Praise the Lord’s” without lamenting and acknowledging the difficulties as well.
One thing that I can guarantee is that this blog will always be real. No “fake news” allowed here 😉. Just to be even more real and transparent, I had been working on this blog for awhile and began to think about Christmas, which led me to put on my favorite Christmas music. Then as my mind wandered more, I thought about all the Christmas decorations in our basement. So, I meandered to the musty unfinished part of our basement storage, which my wife avoids like the plague, and slowly carried upstairs our Christmas tree and the myriad of boxes and containers that house our Christmas decorations. Well, now that I had all the boxes upstairs, I thought that I might as well put up the tree…put out some of the lights and table runners, candles and other memory-filled mementos. Needless to say, I moved from writing a blog to decorating... ha-ha…Call me A.D.D.
It’s been a while since I have been behind the keys of my laptop, my fingers and mind feel a little rusty. My wife, Robyn and I have had a busy…no…very busy season of speaking around the country; Indianapolis, Hartford CT, Dayton OH, Pittsburgh and San Antonio TX, all this fall. We spent hours in our car, the airport, meeting new people, preparing to speak, listening to heartbreaks and marital desires. We have seen the hand of God at work in the lives of people, marriages rescued, and relationships mended, and many come to know Christ! It has been a privilege to serve Christ in this way. For those of you who are a part of the The Nations Church family, THANK YOU, for allowing me to serve the Body of Christ this way. Thank you for being patient when I’m gone, serving faithfully, picking up the slack and for being such an example of how a family functions together. I brag on you when I am away; almost like a husband does when he’s away from his wife (Ok, Rob, I said ALMOST 😉).
I see your gifts shining, the progress of your maturity and your fervor to serve Christ; to make Him known among the nations. Your reputation in the community and honestly among other states has drawn several people to visit our church. They are always surprised (in a good way) that we are such a small church. I see your thirst for righteousness, concern for the downtrodden and your desire to be all that Christ has called you to be. I love your passion for personal and corporate worship. The volume that comes out during your singing on Sunday mornings is such a blessing. It’s nice to be among people who love to sing! I see you growing as an intimate community and family; serving together, connecting in missional communities together and living life together. Of Course, the enemy himself does not like what is going on, his crafty schemes are at work too. Beware of him, look out for him, resist him 1 Peter 5:8.
Well, I guess this blog became something much different than what I originally thought it would be. My heart is talking and what I want to say is “I Love My Church!”