Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program...



Or should I say, God is interrupting this regularly scheduled program.

If you're receiving this blog post you probably represent my faithful followers, my dedicated blog readers. This post won't be mentioned on my Facebook page or on my wall. Even though others may stumble upon this post, I'm writing with you in mind -- those that receive my blogs via email, my faithful subscribers.

And for that, I truly thank you. I couldn't keep writing this blog week after week after week if I didn't know that you were reading and being blessed here. So again, I thank you.

A dear friend of mine recently took a sabbatical from her blog, Facebook and Twitter. She completely unplugged her mind from the world of social media to focus more intently on the voice of God. And He has spoken. Observing her from afar, I've been encouraged to do the same. I have decided to take a sabbatical of sorts as well.

For an undetermined time, I will only contribute to my blog for ministry wives, A Pastor's Wife's Garden. Since I only blog once a month there, while other ministry wives contribute the rest of the month, this affords me lots of time to be quiet and hear from God. And I can't think of a better time to listen, because He's saying so much these days. I'll fill you in on a few things:
  • He's continuing to lead me through the minor prophets -- again. I am amazed at the poetry and emotion of these messengers of God. Hosea alone has completely blown my mind. I'd love to teach the minor prophets to the ladies at my church, but I am waiting for God's timing on that.
  • I'm working to form a communications/marketing team for The CALL, the non-profit organization that I serve. The CALL (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime) feeds the yearning in my heart to serve orphans in my community. I'll be dedicating my talents and experience to raise awareness for this awesome ministry.
  • I have begun working on my first non-fiction book, with the goal of helping others discover their purpose in Christ. If you read any of my blogs from my 31 Days of Purpose last July, you've gotten a pretty good taste of my book already. My primary audience will be young and middle-aged moms, but I pray the Lord uses me to bless many.
While I enjoy this "sabbatical" I truly ask for your prayers. I only want to live the life that God wants for me, whatever His plan brings. I'm believing He has great things for me. They may or may not be great in my own eyes or the eyes of others, but they'll be great to Him -- simply because they're a part of His purpose for me.

Blessings to you. I'd love to end in a prayer for us all.

"Lord, I pray that You would speak to each of us clearly, and that we might be quiet enough to hear. I thank you for your voice of tenderness, love and forgiveness. I also thank You for Your voice of discipline, conviction and chastening. Please use me to Your glory. Please use my brother or sister to Your glory. May we seek Your fame, Your glory and Your praise alone in all we do and say. In Jesus' name. Amen."

2 comments:

  1. May it be a time of refreshing for you! I'm new to your blog so I don't know if I'd count as a faithful reader yet, but just wanted to join in your prayer that we all hear clearly from God. I am also newly subscribed to a pastor's wife garden, but didn't realize that it is a community blog until you mentioned it just now. I look forward to reading it as well. May your sabbatical leave you truly refreshed!

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  2. Ramona, thanks so much for your well wishes! You definitely count as a faithful encourager for me! And yes, join us @ apastorswifesgarden.blogspot.com every Monday. I will share this upcoming week. Blessings to you!

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