Salutations, dear Reader!
It’s almost Thanksgiving in the United States, which means that my thoughts are continually circulating toward God, and my gratitude for all He has brought my dear man and I through this past year, and for the way He is keeping us in His peace. Even through such uncertain times, He carries His children.
He carries our children.
You are a part of my gratitude prayers, and I just want you to know that. Thank you, each one, whether you followed me for the last 7 years of writing God’s good story in me, or you recently signed up with Eyes on Jesus and Shine.
I am not asking anything from you with this letter. I just want you to know that I am feeling drawn to a season of quiet reflection before the Lord. I’m asking Him some big questions about writing, ministry, and my published books. I sense Jesus asking me to involve myself in the ministry of presence during the weeks leading up to a new year. My desire is to positively respond wholeheartedly to Jesus.
So, for the rest of 2023, I am taking a break from social media. I will probably write still because that’s the way I listen and process God’s voice. I may or may not post depending on the way Holy Spirit is directing me. I am really intending to be all ears to my Shepherd until He releases me to the next thing.
I love writing. I love connecting with the body of Christ through the internet. I am naturally bent with a passion to encourage through words. It’s just the way He’s wired me. However, I have recently become so aware of so many souls who are in need of Jesus with skin on.
Everything I am, and all that I have in this world belongs to God. He’s a Good Father, and He’s allowed me such richness as gifts of His generosity. If He asks me to lay something aside, I must. Whatever I’m clinging to belongs to Him, and not to me. So if I do not obey His request, I am stealing. I don’t want to disobey His kind request.
My word for 2024 will be ACCEPTANCE and so as you can tell I have honestly struggled to accept this quiet time. Yet I know that it is good to get quiet. Rest is restorative. Listening builds relationships. And Jesus wants us to hear His voice above the chaos right now.
I pray you will keep your eyes on Jesus and Shine His light to the world living all around you.
Live love brightly,
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
John 10:27 NLT
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
Psalms 86:11 NIV