Personal Reflections

I’ve been taking a break from blogging these last few weeks. It seems that after nearly a year of doing this, I’ve hit the proverbial May/June swoon (a phrase I prefer over “writer’s block”). It’s not that I don’t have anything to share… I have so much I want to express in writing that it’s been hard to focus on one thing.

So let me share what’s been on my heart…

These past nine months have been very difficult for my family and me. Things have occurred to us that I don’t wish any family have to go through. Although I won’t go into specifics over this medium, I will share that our struggles have not only been ministerial but also familial. As a family, our resolve has been tested in ways that I was initially unprepared for, but in hindsight I understand that sometimes we must pass through the fire in order to know that Jesus is with us (much like the Hebrews in Daniel 3).

What I can share with you is that what seemed to be an eternity in pain and darkness is now becoming a season of opportunity and great joy. As the Bible states in Genesis 50:20, there are times that the enemy seeks to test and destroy us, but God actually means it for our good!

If you are living in a season of great joy and prosperity, give thanks to Jesus! Enjoy your moment and your blessings. Use this time to strengthen your resolve and as an opportunity to propel you into God’s perfect purpose for your life!

Inevitably, however, we will all pass through dark times in our lives. Times in which we may question our faith, calling, or purpose. From my own experience I would encourage you to understand that seasons change. Circumstances change. Perspectives change. Nothing negative in this world will last forever!

Our hope is in Jesus. Our promise is that all things will work out for our good (Romans 8:28). He is the giver of all good things and our comforter. We should never lose heart, even if the circumstances seem against our favor.

In closing, I covet your prayers. There are still issues that we are dealing with that will soon be coming to a close and I’m looking to God for guidance throughout this process. But, wow, do I feel so much better now than I did a while back!

I’m also praying for those members in my church and friends from twitter and Facebook. I’ve received a lot of messages over the past year and know that I’m praying for you during my devotional times. Feel free to contact me using this site or through twitter if you would like to be added to my list!

May God give us all strength to finish the race and become the people he wants us to be!