You may not have noticed, but I didn’t post any blogs last week. None. That is the first week since we started the blog in July 2012 that I failed to post. Other than when we’ve had technical glitches and the blogs couldn’t be loaded, or had email issues and the blogs couldn’t be sent to you, the blog has been cranking out little devotional thoughts and ramblings, Monday through Friday, week after week . . . for 174 weeks. That’s almost 900 blog posts . . . roughly 720,000 words (give or take a few K). That’s a lot of scribbling, venting, pontificating, and sometimes whining . . . but I hope in spite of all my wretched humanity, there were a few words that pointed your heart toward Christ.
Because that’s why I write.
The two weeks before I fell off the Internet grid, we had a whirlwind trip, starting barely five days into November and ending in the wee hours of the night twelve days later. And honestly, as we made the trip home, I couldn’t pick up my laptop to peck out a single sentence. Normally I type while the miles pass outside the car window, but every attempt at composing even one blog post fell flat. You may not have even noticed that there were no blog posts, but if you did happen to miss hearing from me, I’m truly sorry I was absent. I’m still digging my way out of a log-jam of emails, but I’m putting that on hold so I can catch you up on what happened while I was away. It would take more than one blog post to fill you in, but I’ll share a few highlights with you today.
On the first part of the trip, we had a sweet women’s event in Peoria, Illinois and I met several women who have a heart for God and a love for His Word. I was able to meet one of the pastors there and several people who are in positions of spiritual leadership. With all of the bad news today, and the many reports of how the church is “failing” in her mission, it was super encouraging to me to find a church that is giving out solid, biblical truth, discipling their flock, as well as reaching out to the community to minister to the needy and share the gospel with the lost.
We left there and headed to the campus of Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers in downtown Chicago. I just want to say, I love Moody. It was such a sweet visit. I met people who are giving their lives for the sake of the gospel being seen, read, and known. From the president all the way down to the security guards, I observed a consistent and effective witness for Christ.
More about that later . . .
LeRoy and I had so much fun recording radio interviews. You can catch the one with Chris Fabry by clicking on this link and listening to the first hour. We also recorded a podcast interview with Dr. Gary Chapman (The Five Love Languages) and did the WMBI live morning show where listeners called in with questions (yikes!). I LOVED doing all of this with LeRoy. I would always rather team up with him than to go solo.
And on that note . . . I have a sweet surprise I want to share, but I’ll save that for later. Really, 820 words is about all I have the capacity to put down on paper today (um, make that on screen). But, before I go, let me share with you the verse that has been running over and over in my heart for several days now:
[box]Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! (Psalm 31:19)[/box]
It has been a constant refrain running through my mind and heart. He is the One who “stores up” goodness for His own. Think about that. He stores up blessings that He delights in showering on those who find their security in Him.
What an appropriate thought for us to meditate on this week as we enter the Thanksgiving season (my favorite holiday).
And notice that those who He is pouring out goodness on aren’t being subtle about where they are taking refuge. Those who are receiving His “stored up” goodness are public about it and visible (“in the sight of the children of mankind”). They are demonstrating to others that God is their refuge. Their lives give witness to the fact that He is gracious and gives abundant blessings.
Are you doing that today?
Is He your refuge and do others know it?
Are you reveling in His abundant goodness today?